DeltaWASP 3MT printing for full-scale chairs
PRINT YOUR CUSTOMISED CHAIR, WASP one step closer to the Maker Economy With the DeltaWASP 3MT
From the rendering to the product, probably it’s the step up in class that 3D printing has yet to make to be considered a real protagonist of 4.0 Revolution.
The Maker Economy
Since the beginning WASP has been interested in self production of relief goods. So WASP’s development and innovation have been proceed in that direction. “A good printer, accurate and speedy, able to print a product rendering is an interesting result for the Industrial field and Design World, but a printer that could make directly the final product could be utilized in digital handcraft and other jobs. These are the bases of what we named Maker Economy” says Massimo Moretti.
The Custom Series line
WASP has produced a new line of printers for big objects usable in everyday life. The earlier experimentation concerned 1-metres-high objects, but we could easily print products of different measurements. This is a custom made printers line so we are able to modify printers for users necessity.
During its growth WASP has overtaken many problems, first of all the choice of filaments. To print big objects is not possible to use nozzles with a diameter smaller than the millimeter, because it would need too many days. So WASP created a nozzle between 4 and 10 mm in diameter.
A very important Company matter is the necessity to control costs. Filament prices still hover around 30€ for 1Kg spool, but with row material as grains and PLA pellets the prices hover around 3€ for 1Kg pack. So WASP resolved the problem making an extruder that works directly with grains, the result is a printer that uses 10kg of material in 8 hours. We have realized an important objective of 3D printing: everybody could make custom made objects with low costs and Companies are able to produce a custom made products with no stocks in storage.
The working group
We were looking for an usable product but we are also interested in a fashonable one. So WASP involved a team of creative people recently graduated, designers and Professors. The team is opened to everybody wants to meet us on Fridays evening at WASP. During previous meeting we have realized our furniture projects: tables, stools, chairs. Now we are particularly interested in chairs, thanks to the support of Giorgio Gurioli, an expert designer and teacher from ISIA-Faenza.
First chairs “Rigatona”
With the 3-metres-high DeltaWASP 3MT we printed some experimental models, later improved by Giulio Buscaroli, a young student involved in an internship at WASP. So has been created the first line of chairs. “We are very proud of our results and we expect further evolution – says Massimo Moretti – We’re materializing a new model of development based on common knowledge”.
WASP has already shown the chairs printed with the DeltaWASP Pellet at the Mecspe Faire in Parma and during the event “Designers meet 3D Printing” at the FabLab Venezia. WASP gladly accepts external contributions because of the importance of involvement of technicians for a good development of the printing technology.
WASP wants to make available the DeltaWASP 3MT for FabLab interested in self-production of customized furnitures (shop online). Giving the person Quotes and availing expert Physiatrists assistance they will be able to print comfortable and adjuvant chairs. In step with the Maker Economy: little Makers able to realize standard objects that normally require expensive tools.