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Construction of the 3D Printed Village of Shamballa is Progressing Wonderfully

by • August 9, 2016 • No Comments

DCIM100MEDIAYUN00043.jpgSince the Italian municipality of Massa Lombarda, in collaboration with WASP, revealed that they may be constructing the world’s initially 3D printed village, we’ve been eagerly waiting for updates of the progression of the project. It appears not easy at initially glance – an entirely 3D printed village? But thanks to the huge BigDelta 3D printing device, construction began last month on the initially house of the most that can a few day manufacture up the village of Shamballa.

Currently, WASP provided a few new updates on how the project is going. With any mission of this scale, particularly a thing so unprecedented, there are naturally going to be a few challenges and snags – but the Shamballa team has done an great job at solving any problems that arise. A giant printing device is going to have the same issues as any other printing device – print interruptions, material loading, etc. A giant outdoor printing device, working continuously to print a village, is in addition going to have its own challenges – weather, the require for a fewone to be supervising the printing process at all times – but overall, the project is going swimmingly.

“We have may already proved that two men and one machine can 3d-print a effortless and healthy shelter with incredibly little money,” said Massimo Moretti, founder of WASP. “We are quite satisfied of the results, actually if we understand there is yet a lot to do.”

shamba3 (FILEminimizer)

Extremely little money is not an exaggeration, either. So far, the team has printed 270 centimeters of wall of clay and straw, five meters in diameter, via an awe-inspiring 40 tons of material. Each layer, weighing close to 300 kilos, takes of 20 minutes to print. With all that material, costs – and energy consumption – have stayed remarkably low. Here are a few of the numbers, broken down:

Water usage: 2 cubic meters, 200 kwh, €3Overall energy cost: €32Straw: €10Gasoline for the motorized hoe: €3

shamballa-ParcoTecnologico2That’s a total of €48. Clay, of course, is plentiful in the landscape, so no extra
cost there – plus, by kneading the clay with the feet pretty than by machine, energy consumption is reduced by 90%.

“Clay and straw with no additive can be easily printed in 3d,” said Moretti said. “The period of transformation of liquid to solid allows for to print around 60 centimeters per day, or actually additional in the summer (maybe one meter per day). Therefore: two men and one machine can 3d-print a effortless and healthy shelter in a quite short time and with quite little money.”

Compare all of that to the cost, time and material involved in a typical construction project, and it’s actually additional awe-inspiring. In terms of high end, the structure is solid and capable of withstanding high levels of stress. The weight-performance ratio of the straw and clay means that no extra
assist is required; 10% lime was utilized to avoid plaster placer mining.

After manufacturing such swift progress, the team is bringing a much-requireed and well-deserved break. Construction is stopping for a week, after that the team can go back to work with renewed energy and big goals for phase two.

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“When the work starts again, we can raise the wall until 4 meters, and so we will turn it into the door and create the roof,” said Moretti. “In the next we can test new materials and go on the research on soil and straw.”

The team plans to refine their process for additional reduction of cost and time. A bit of modification can be created to the extruder, with the goal of automating the process and printing a full shelter in only a few days. At this rate, we are going to be seeing the world’s initially 3D printed village in no time.


To see the BigDelta at work, check out a swift video below; you can see a lot additional at WASP’s YouTube channel here. Discuss the project additional over in the WASP 3D Printed Shamballa forum at 3DPB.com.

[Images supplied directly to 3DPrint.com of WASP]