How cool is this? WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project), an Italian company, has built BigDelta, the world’s largest 3D printer (40-feet-tall and 20-feet-wide) which will print out green-friendly homes using nothing but earth and water.
Here is a demonstration of WASP’s smaller-sized, 13-foot clay 3D printer:
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The company explained in a press release that it wasn’t money that motivated them to build BigDelta, it was the need. According to UN-Habitat, 40% of the global population (roughly 3 billion people) will be in need of adequate housing by 2030, which means nearly 100,000 housing units need to be built every day between now and then.
By combining the new world technology of digital fabrication with the old world technology of adobe (buildings made with water, dirt, clay, and plant fibers), they believe they can print new digs without all the labor, equipment, and materials that typically make home building expensive and time-intensive.