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WASProject Aims to 3D Print Homes in 3rd World Countries Using Native Soil for Material
3-D Print ^ | July 10, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein

Posted on 07/11/2014 6:26:31 AM PDT by null and void

3D Printing has done a tremendous amount of good over the past several years. We’ve seen the technology evolve to a point where innovators strive to go beyond using it for traditional manufacturing, or merely as a hobby. There are research firms, companies, and individuals trying to figure out just how they can use this up-and-coming technology to make the world a better place.

One such group, is the WASProject, a company that has been manufacturing 3D printers in Italy for a couple of years now. The acronym stands for “World’s Advanced Saving Project”, and this probably couldn’t be a more suitable name for a company that is aiming extraordinarily high.

Thanks to years of know-how and experience, WASP has been able to develop some very unique 3D printers. This includes the POWERWASP which is a 3D printer / CNC milling machine in one. It also includes the DeltaWASP, which is a delta-style 3D printer that can print in a large variety of materials. While these printers are high quality and priced relatively affordably, this isn’t the amazing part of what WASP is planning to do.


Taking soil directly from the ground in Marrakech.

“All of the 3D printers that we’re producing and selling (PowerWASP and DeltaWASP) are our source for money that we use to research and produce bigger printers,” explained WASP team member Sebastiano to 3DPrint.com. “Our main target is to produce a big Delta Robot, capable of printing huge objects and use this machine to produce housing structures or housing modules, using natural materials such as clay / soil / natural powders, mixed with resin / ect.”

The “Big Delta” is a 3D printer that WASP has been working on for a couple years now, which they debuted at the Rome Maker Faire in 2013. It has the ability to print out objects using soil as the base material. “In Marrakech at the 2013 “biennale”, we took the soil from the [land], mainly sand, and added water and vegetable oil, in order to have a good clay that we used to print out projects [created] by local architects,” explained Sebastiano.


A structure 3D printing using WASP’s BigDelta

This is really quite amazing when you think about the possible uses of a 3D printer of this magnitude along with its building material compatibility. I asked Sebastiano if they have plans on utilizing this in third world countries, by using native soil to construct homes. He confirmed that they are in fact planning to use this incredible 3D printer to print out houses, as well as other structures, in underdeveloped countries. They plan to do this by taking the soil from the ground in these countries, and then mixing it with oil and water, in order to create a clay building material. That material will then be fed through the printer to print out the structure desired.


Creating the 3D printing material (clay) from native soil in Marrakech.

No date has been set as to when this will take place, but imagine all of the benefits a 3D printer like this could have, not only for developing countries and the counstruction of homes, but for creating supplies during scientific field work, military missions, and even potentially for the creation of structures on other planets.

What do you think? Will this idea become a reality? Will we one day be 3D printing homes for impoverished nations, using merely a 3D printer combined with soil, oil, and water? It certainly seems possible. Discuss in the 3D printing of homes forum thread on 3DPB.com


A clay printed statue


Highly Scaled down mini houses – as examples


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1 posted on 07/11/2014 6:26:31 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

All the dirt that’s fit to print (ba doom tish)


2 posted on 07/11/2014 6:28:02 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: null and void

If they follow Nader Khalili’s lead and fire them from the inside out to make Geltaftan, this could be a wonderful step forward for 3rd world residents.


3 posted on 07/11/2014 6:28:35 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

Gettin’ closer to that replicator!

“Earl Gray tea, hot.”


4 posted on 07/11/2014 6:30:17 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
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5 posted on 07/11/2014 6:33:27 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

Haven’t they been doing this by hand for a long time? Because it’s uniform and tidy from being extruded, does that make it more stable and durable?

I’m a big fan of printing houses. I just don’t see the benefit here without electrical power systems and water systems in place. Their hearts are in the right place I suppose.


6 posted on 07/11/2014 6:34:22 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: MrB; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ArrogantBustard; ...
3-D Printer Ping!

Tea? TEA??? How about T-Bone!

Make mine steak!

7 posted on 07/11/2014 6:35:03 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

“World’s Advanced Saving Project”

My first thought was that is was a reference to mud dauber wasps. This is a high tech version of how they build.


8 posted on 07/11/2014 6:35:19 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: null and void

A better solution to the construction problem would be reusable forms with an XYZ controlled concrete pump.

Adobe weathers. Portland cement concrete does not


9 posted on 07/11/2014 6:35:42 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. GOPc.+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: null and void

Great post!
Even apart from the promise of industrial sized 3D printing is the use of local material. Another interesting idea is sandbag architecture: http://www.akdn.org/architecture/project.asp?id=2761


10 posted on 07/11/2014 6:38:03 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: listenhillary

Yes. Adobe has been a building material pretty much since building started. There have been any number of incremental improvements since then. This is another.

Time will tell whether this is a winner or yet another trivial and forgotten improvement.

The biggest improvement in the last 1000 years (IMHO) was from Nader Khalili’s observation that the only thing left of ancient mud hut villages was the baker’s oven.


11 posted on 07/11/2014 6:41:20 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: CrazyIvan
My first thought was that is was a reference to mud dauber wasps. This is a high tech version of how they build.

I believe you are correct.

12 posted on 07/11/2014 6:42:09 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: bert
A better solution to the construction problem would be reusable forms with an XYZ controlled concrete pump.

Adobe weathers. Portland cement concrete does not

Look up Nader Khalili.

"Better" is always a relative term. Portland cement is a superior material, but dirt is, well, dirt cheap.

13 posted on 07/11/2014 6:44:45 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

They will crumble at the slightest hint of an earthquake.


14 posted on 07/11/2014 6:44:59 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("If guns cause crime, there must be something wrong with mine." -Ted Nugent)
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To: CrazyIvan

Well, it certainly wasn’t going to be the
“White Anglo-Saxon Project”


15 posted on 07/11/2014 6:45:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: listenhillary

Once you have the initial step of being able to do this, in time they can refine it to account for modern amenities.


16 posted on 07/11/2014 6:48:37 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: READINABLUESTATE

A danger for nearly any construction technique. Adding any fiber to the mix (straw, wool, wood, hair, cotton) will markedly strengthen them. As would firing.


17 posted on 07/11/2014 6:48:50 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: bert

Already printing using Portland cement. Huge derrick guides a big hose that lays down a ribbon of cement to build up the walls. Thickness is set for inside or outside walls.


18 posted on 07/11/2014 6:49:01 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: MHGinTN

I think JE Green tried such a system but it didn’t work out with enough sales to stay in the business.


19 posted on 07/11/2014 6:50:48 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. GOPc.+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: CrazyIvan

I was thinking White Anglo Saxon Protestants. WASPS. Is there anything they can’t do? Now they are printing houses.


20 posted on 07/11/2014 8:05:51 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: null and void

When I was 18 I lived in an adobe house. It has since been torn down but there are still a few of them around here. They are great houses. Cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Adobe is a great insulator. I like their looks too.


21 posted on 07/11/2014 8:17:06 AM PDT by sheana
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To: listenhillary
Haven’t they been doing this by hand for a long time?

I've got an idea. How about they fashion it into bricks by hand, and then stack them to make houses? I wonder if anyone else thought of doing that?

22 posted on 07/11/2014 10:19:12 AM PDT by roadcat
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