Sep 1, 2016 | By Benedict

WASP, the Italian 3D printing company behind the large-scale BigDelta 3D printer, will present the DeltaWASP 3MT 3D printer at the Argillà International Ceramics Festival in Faenza, Italy. The new 3-meter-tall 3D printer can produce sculptures up to one meter tall.

Italian 3D printing company WASP has caused something of a "buzz" in the industry over the last few years with its eco-friendly, large-scale 3D printers, including the 12-meter-tall BigDelta, currently 3D printing a mud-and-straw-based eco village at the Shamballa Technological Park in Massa Lombarda, Italy. This weekend, the company will be introducing its latest machine to crowds at the Argillà International Ceramics Festival, showcasing both a new extruder and a clay mixture specially formulated for robust 3D printing.

WASP believes that 3D printing is causing a revolution in ceramics, with its digital approach helping designers to more precisely control the geometry of their creation. “The arrival of the pottery wheel was a significant moment in the history of ceramics and opened up new possibilities of expressiveness and performance," said WASP CEO Massimo Moretti. "Today 3D Printing is the new revolution.”

After introducing a consumer-level clay 3D printer at the last Argillà event two years ago, WASP is now showcasing a big printer with an extrusion system capable of sustaining 15 kg of clay. The 3MT uses an Automatic Recharge System and a 7 mm nozzle diameter for large clay objects. The new system is also suited for artistic experimentation, with artist Francesco Pacelli set to accompany WASP at their Argillà stand.

“We are interested in Ceramic experimentation to open a window in Sculpture and Contemporary Ceramic," Moretti said of the 3MT's artistic potential. "We are very proud of our results. Obviously, it’s the first step of the research process and we will improve the research during the next months."

Always busy as a bee, WASP has also taken part in some collaborative projects with other Argillà attendees. In one such case, the company worked with botanical perfume company Olfattiva to create a limited edition fragrance housed in a 3D printed porcelain bottle. The bottle was printed on a DeltaWASP 2040.

Another collaboration, again using the DeltaWASP 2040, involved 3D printing a small peach stone sculpture—a symbol of the local heritage in Massa Lombarda.

The Argillà International Ceramics Festival takes place this weekend, September 2-4.



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