To show off how its CraneWASP construction-sector 3D printer can print with reusable and recyclable materials, sourced from local soil, Italian manufacturer WASP began work on a printed eco-habitat in late 2019. It has just completed the printing phase of the structure that it says is adaptable to any climate and context and represents the potential of additive manufacturing in the circular green economy. Two printing arms were synchronized during construction to complete the structure in 200 hours, using minimal labor and electricity.
The habitat called Tecla, which takes its name from both “technology” and “clay”, represents an “unprecedented perspective for buildings and new settlements in which the value of local raw materials is amplified by digital design,” says WASP. The double dome solution from Mario Cucinella Architects incorporates structure, roof, and external cladding into one 3D printable house suitable to nearly any environment.
The CraneWASP Infinity 3D printer is a modular system that includes traverses, printer arms, and a main printer unit capable of printing with earth-based materials, concrete mortar, and geopolymers. WASP bundles it with accessories in its “maker economy starter kit”.