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The TECLA eco-sustainable 3D printed habitat is here

21st January 2021
Alex Lynn

WASP has completed the printing phase of the TECLA supporting structure, the fully 3D printed construction based on natural materials and made with multiple 3D printers operating at the same time. 

The innovative habitat model engineered by WASP and designed by MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects took form, a new circular model of housing entirely created with reusable and recyclable materials, sourced from local soil, carbon-neutral and adaptable to any climate and context.

TECLA (which takes its name from Technology and Clay) was made in Massa Lombarda (Ravenna - Italy) with Crane WASP – WASP's brand new 3D printer in the construction sector - it represented a real challenge for 3D printing, maximising the performance of a material among the oldest and at the same time among the most stimulating for the future of the green economy: the raw earth.

TECLA is the peak of advanced research between matter and technology, it is the achievement of an challenge that has brought the printing geometry to its current limit. The project represents a perspective for buildings and new settlements, in which the value of local raw materials is amplified by digital design. The double dome solution made it possible to cover at the same time the roles of structure, roof and external cladding, making the house high-performance on all aspects.

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