Why Supersizing 3D Printing Will Change Our World
On Friday, September 25, the world’s largest 3D printer took the world by storm. Business Insider heralded the Italian 3D printer manufacturer World’s Advanced Savings Project – or WASP’s – newest addition to both the 3D printing community and the humanitarian and development community earlier that week. The massive, 40-foot by 20-foot 3D printer is called the Big Delta and was designed to print inexpensive, sustainable housing for developing countries or disaster victims – adding a new meaning to the idea of going big and going home.
CHANGING OUR WORLD ONE 3D PRINTING PROJECT AT A TIME:
Big Delta combines cutting-edge 3D printing technology with green technology to solve one of our world’s biggest problems from a radical, innovative perspective. The energy-efficient printer only uses 100 watts of power to print each home and relies solely on eco-friendly materials such as clay and mud to create renewable housing solutions.
As our nation looks back on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which displaced more than 600,000 households and destroyed more than one million housing units according to The Data Center, implications for this technology in the United States become as impactful as they are meaningful. Internationally, the United Nations estimates that more than three billion people will need housing by 2030, extending Big Delta’s potential beyond borders in … well … a big way.
SCALABLE SOLUTIONS FROM WASP AND LEAPFROG:
Although Big Delta is the first 3D printer of its kind, the idea of supersizing our 3D printing capabilities has taken hold in the commercial manufacturing industry and has begun transforming large-scale projects – another key piece of the puzzle to make resources affordable and accessible where they are needed most.
Big Delta’s smaller predecessor, the WASP Delta, doesn’t hold a candle to their newest creation with a build volume of 20cm x 20cm x 40cm, but it’s a start. Other industry names, such as LeapFrog, are on the frontline of this development as well. The Leapfrog Creatr XL 3D printer boasts dimensions of 230mm x 270mm x 600mm and 37.2L of print volume. It comes fully equipped with a duel extender for printing projects that require multiple filaments and robust, ready-to-use interfacing options.
Sometimes bigger is better, and as 3D printing breakthroughs such as Leapfrog’s Creatr XL or WASP’s Big Delta make our global resources more scalable, we have something to celebrate. After all, you know the industry is on to something when we can print housing for those in need. Talk about affecting change through technology.
- Dustin Heigl