3D Printing

3D printing the future of sustainable architecture

24th February 2022
Paige West

For over four years WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) and IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona) have collaborated to develop research in the field of additive manufacturing of sustainable architecture.

IAAC develops technological and architectural solutions in collaboration with industry partners to answer the current needs and challenges of our habitat. WASP, born in 2012, aims to respond to human needs with 3D printing.

In 2018 a house was built at KM0, with GAIA, using natural materials from the surrounding area. Then again in 2020 with TECLA and, today, with two concept stores built on the Dubai beach for Dior.

The first 3D printed earth wall with embedded staircase was designed by IAAC and built using Crane WASP technology in 2019 at the end of the 3D Printing Architecture (3dPA). The desire to develop a new approach to architecture more in harmony with nature promotes exchange in different research areas which include the use of the CRANE WASP 3D printer, robotic manufacturing with new LDM WASP Extruder XXL, research on materials and performance-based design.

The first housing prototype 3D printed with CRANE WASP in raw earth will be inaugurated on February 28, at the end of the 3dPA programme, at Valladura Labs in Spain.

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