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This 40-foot-tall delta 3D printer can build homes out clay


Big Delta can build low-cost, 3D-printed homes in areas struck by natural disasters. 


It’s no question, 3D printers are getting bigger. While more and more companies are seeking massive build volumes, they will all pale in comparison to the latest design from WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project). And we’re not talking about a large desktop machine, either. Standing at 40-feet tall, the Big Delta 3D Printer is capable of constructing entire houses — something that will be extremely useful in areas struck by natural disasters and throughout Third World countries.

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Evident by advancements in recent months, 3D-printed buildings are bound to become ubiquitous over the next few years. And not only will the gargantuan delta-style printer be able to extrude habitable objects, it will be able to do so at very little cost by using local materials like clay.

Given its sheer magnitude, Big Delta is supported by a sturdy, 20-foot-wide metal frame. Although the printer will prove to be especially valuable in times of crisis, WASP says there’s already a growing interest in using it in places with a rapidly growing population. Considering that the United Nations estimates there will be a need for almost a hundred thousand new homes throughout the world each day for the next 15 years, the ability to quickly and inexpensively create homes will be paramount.

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“Building Big Delta is much more than a dream come true,” its creators explain. “Estimates foresee a rapid growth of adequate housing requirements for over four billion people living with yearly income below $3,000.”

If you recall last year, the company unveiled a 20-foot-tall printer that could spew out filaments including mud and other natural fibers. Now, the team has taken their efforts one step further with the record-setting machine Big Delta. The printer uses a rotating nozzle that also doubles as a mixer, which enables it to keep the materials homogeneous for extrusion. These materials can then be treated and structurally reinforced with small amounts of chemical additives. What’s more, it reportedly only requires less than 100 watts of power to operate.

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“[We] propose a vision that goes well beyond that of low-cost housing. We are talking about the Maker economy, a new model where everything can be self manufactured through shared solutions, These leverage on 3D printing and are tied to meeting life’s primary necessities: work, health and housing,” the team adds.

While few details about BigDelta have been made available, WASP will demonstrate the 40-foot-tall, 20-foot-wide beast of a printer at Maker Faire Rome. Interested? You can follow along on their website here.

WASP Resurrection System is a stop-and-save system for 3D printers

If you’ve ever worked on a DIY project out in the garage during the summer months, then surely you’ve experienced a thunderstorm at one point or another. And, during that time, it is likely you’ve lost power — not a desirable thing when starting a 3D printing project, unless you’re hooked up to battery backup.

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Two years ago, Italian 3D printer manufacturer WASP (short for World Advanced Saving Project) set out to find low-cost solutions to 3D print homes in an effort to solve the world’s ongoing housing problem. Back at Maker Faire Rome in October, the team went on to present its nearly 20-foot-tall printer that is capable of printing entire structures out of clay. Now, the company is unveiled their latest innovation, an Arduino-based “stop-and-save” system that enables Makers to save their print job and to resume it in the event of power failure.

A collaborative effort with Denis Patella, the project aptly named “Resurrection System” is essentially a buffer battery system for unexpected power loss, should a thunderstorm or another cause occur. The system consists of a resistive divider responsible for reading the voltage present along with codes to instruct an [Atmel based] Arduino to perform the “stop-and-save” function at the correct time.

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How it works is relatively simple: When a Maker pauses a print job, the system automatically saves its coordinates (X, Y, Z) of where the project stopped onto an SD card. Once the user would like to resume the job, he or she can restart the print from where it left off.

“We are the first in the world to have invented this system,” team member Maurisio Andreoli told 3DPrint.com. “The desire to build homes has made it essential to the development of WASP Resurrection System, a feature that allows you not only to pause printing, but to get the data and resume from the same point in the case of power failure.”

The team explained that they have included a diode to make sure the energy would be used for the Arduino only.

“If the voltage were to suddenly go to zero, the engines can not use the energy stored in the capacitor protected by the diode, a valve that prevents the passage of current in the opposite direction,” explains the team. “Thus, the energy that is in that small battery is sufficient to keep alive the Arduino for the time necessary to perform the rescue. This function is surprisingly effective and useful. The applications are endless.”

Interested in learning more? You can head on over to WASP’s official page here.