Crane Wasp 3D Printer: Constructing a “Technological Eco-Village”
The Crane Wasp has been released and will use a mix of raw and man made materials to begin construction of “Shamballa” – a unique technological ecovillage
WASP is an Italian manufacturer responsible for the Delta Wasp and Crane Wasp brand of 3D printers. They began this Shamballa project about two years ago in order to solve the worlds housing problems.
The idea being that if you can print a home automatically from native materials around the construction site you can lower the bar for housing affordability, which could bring millions of people in to the realm of potential home owner.
“Crane WASP the Infinity 3D printer reinterprets the classic building cranes from a digital manufacturing point of view. It is composed of a main printer unit that can be assembled in different configurations depending on the printing area and therefore on the dimensions of the architectural structure to be calculated in 3D.”
A technological eco-village couples the amenities of modern day living with a low impact footprint that can help to reduce pollution and save people money. RegenVillages near Amsterdam is working out the first project of it’s kind. Given technology like Crane Wasp they may soon grow to encompass a large fraction of the housing market so as long as housing bylaws do not get in the way.
The new Crane WASP 3D Printer has an area of 6.60 m in diameter and a height of 3 meters with an ecological footprint considerably smaller than it’s predecessor “Delta Wasp”. It can print ordinary cement, and bio cement made from soil based bacteria. The printer is named after potter wasps that use mud from the surrounding area to create nests in a similar manner.
Crane Wasp components are modular so they can be deconstructed and re-assembled quickly much in the same way as Delta Wasp. You can also modify the printers capability with extra rails and arms. “generating an infinite digital manufacturing system.”
“It is not necessary to ‘cover’ the entire area involved in the construction with the printing area of the WASP Cranes because they can be reconfigured and can advance with generative attitude depending on the growth and shape of the building,” stated WASP.