WASP wants to promote the fluid-dense material use in 3D printing world.
Since the biginning WASP has been focusing on the development of 3d printing systems which allow the use of functional materials like clay, porcelain, alluminium, zirconium, and advanced ceramics , to improve the digital artcraft and self-production.
WASP and clay
The 3D printing with clay or other fluid-dense materials is an international research theme of the additive manufacturing. Polymers and termoplastic are more simple to be printed because they solidify at room temperature after being warmed and they do not give any collapse or fall problems. On the contrary when, lay by lay, we set down fluid-dense materials like clay through LDM (Liquid Deposition Modeling) process, there are some limits due to the geometries, to the collapses , to the drying and to the retirements. In all these cases the extruded material has a foundamental role in order to get final acceptable results.
What impressed us at a first sight, after touching the first cooked item was the high value of a material like porcelain compared with plastic. To drink from a glass produced by our own abilities is a totally unknown experiece for most people; the same feeling is experienced when you make someone a present like a tea-set completely realised by you. This kind of experiences gives to the resulting objects an additional value which is not only emotional.
The mixture is a very important printing component. We use several materials from clay to porcelain and stoneware too. The important thing is not the material but the corret fluidity of the mixture used.
3D printing for ceramic art
"We were interested in clay experimentation to open new opportunities and glimmers in the sculpture field and in the contemporary art section and we are now satified of the result. As usual this is the first step of a research process that is going to improve more and more its final results."
Ceramic Art and 3d printing blend together in our tests. The alternative materials for 3d printer and the use of clay mixtures, characterise our research that, developing towards wider and wider aspects , creates niche results each step forward. In this path energies from all over the world meet and connect each other. This is the headmasters-sinergy which combine in the innovation world. We confirm WASP attention for the art world. A kind of opening already shown during last years through the cooperation with several artists from the international background. The English artist Jonathan Keep, together with Ivo Sassi, a ceramist headmaster of international celebrity who wanted to cook and decorate some 3D printed items, the Artist Francesco Pacelli who experimented in WASP laboratories (More>>).
3D printing offers expressive possibilities and unpublished solutions to big artists-creation but it can be successfully applied to the cultural heritage too. Using our DeltaWASP 40 70 28 decorative statues from the archeological site of Pompei, have been reproduced with precision and in a very detailed way (More>>) .
WASP technology for the Clay 3d Printing
A technology able to take advantage from the artcraft experience and to open new expressive horizons. To diversify the shapes, passing easily from strictness and precision of geometrical structures to the artistical freedom of the sculpture approach.
Here's One Example: Livyng Ecodesign, a new company from FAENZA. The new CERAMIC COLLECTION is a perfect mix of tradition and contemporary elements, the result of a design research applied to the 3Dprinting world with the use of ceramic materials, like porcelain and gres. A challange that our DeltaWASP 20 40 with its clay kit deserves. This experimentation starting point is the idea to create shapes impossible to be manually realised and with “traditional” shaping methods like the draining and the lathe moulding. Complex shapes full of undersquares which look pleasant and involving at the same time.
WASP prints clay!
Using our Clay Kit it's possible to preject a huge quantity of items ready to be printed in porcelain, see an example in the video below. Our clay extruder works under pressure, the mixture is extruded in a controlled way then the classical ceramic iter is followed : drying – cooking - glazing. A fan of possibilities that, thanks to an open source software, can be performed easily compared with the hand artwork. For example using this technique the problems due to the object thikness no longer exist because of an internal lattice totally controlled., like that the artist attention can focus on the finishing touch of his/her work.
WASP has projected an extruder for LDM based on an air compressed cylinder that supplies an endless screw, and set down clay in a selective manner through a stepper engine. The 3D Delta WASP printers mechanic is perfect for the clay set-down because the printing plate stays still , while the extruder moves setting down the material lay by lay, avoiding like that dangerous vibrations that could compromise the final object stability. This mechanism works already very well but there is still a lot to do concerning the materials to be used and to the printable shapes through the LDM process.
WASP launch a new professional LDM (Liquid Deposit Modeling) Wasp Extruder for fluid-dense and ceramic materials.
The extruder for fluid-dense materials, easily combinable with all WASP 3D printers. Ideal for clay, ceramic, porcelain, allumina, zirconia and advanced ceramics. Developed to support digital craftsmanship and self productions.