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BigDelta WASP 12 meters – Reality of dream

We made it. The BigDelta, a 12 meters tall 3D printer, took shape and it’s going to be presented to the world.

We announce that the launch will be on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September, during an inauguration event which will be in Massa Lombarda, near WASP headquarters, where everything begun.

The researches that we developed to build the BigDelta 12 meters led us to improve our compact 3D printers, we always said it:
the way is looking far and working near.
We owe a lot to this project in this sense too, it was the engine that powered the enthusiasm and the research in the last three years. This important landmark is not the end of our path, our dream became wider.

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3D-printing earthquake-proof towns, brick by brick | New Scientist

3D-printing earthquake-proof towns, brick by brick | New Scientist

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Building Bytes – 3D printed ceramic bricks for architecture

Combining a traditional building material (ceramics) with a new fabrication technique (3d printing) to re-think an ancient building component (bricks), Building Bytes demonstrates how 3D printers will become portable, inexpensive brick factories for large-scale construction.

The power of Building Bytes is its accessibility. The fabrication starts with a standard desktop 3D printer, a technology that is quickly becoming available to designers worldwide. A customized extrusion system is attached that can accommodate any liquid material, such as concrete or earthenware ceramics (shown). This simple adaptation allows users to source local building materials that are both available and familiar.

Building Bytes also offers designers and architects far more opportunity for ingenious design than a standard extruded brick. Printed bricks can have complex exterior surfaces, permitting interlocking or curvature of the final structure, while their internal structure can be engineered to significantly lower their weight or increase their strength at stress points for a particular build. And while the fabrication of the bricks is new, builders throughout the world will be familiar with using them in construction.

The first phase of this research was conducted during a 8-week residency at a ceramic work center. Four brick types were developed to test and demonstrate to potential of this fabrication system and its applications in interior and exterior architecture: 1) Honeycomb Bricks – modular honeycomb stackable bricks; 2) X-Bricks – for vertical tiling; 3) Ribbed Bricks – for columns and towers; 4) Interlocking Bricks – for domes and arches.

The fixed limitations (the print area of a desktop 3D printer, the capacity of the material storage system and the material properties of clay) of the project led to the development of a small architectural component: bricks. While the material and building unit are ancient and fairly universal, this project proposes a new fabrication technique.

 

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FabClay

FabClay is a 3D ceramic printing project launched by barcelona-based Sasha Jokic (Serbia), Starsk Lara (Colombia) and Nasim Fashami (Iran) aiming to explore a new digital fabrication system. It is a robotic additive manufacturing processes using industrial a Kuka robot and new 3D printing technology.