In the world of 3D printing, size has always been an issue. Your standard desktop 3D printer isn’t capable of creating massive prints.
That holds true even for many commercial printers, and industrial printers, as well. While there have been strides made in build volume capabilities, WASP might have the best answer to the size conundrum with the company’s new DeltaWASP Pellet 3D printer.
What’s the DeltaWASP All About?
WASP is an Italian 3D printer manufacturer with several options already on the market to their credit. In the whole “print in segments” versus “really big prints” argument, they fall squarely on the side of the latter.
They already have a massive printer on the market designed for small businesses and, ostensibly, for hobbyists. The new DeltaWASP Pellet 3D printer is designed for industrial use, and it’s really something different.
“Since the beginning, WASP has been interested in self-production of relief goods. So, WASP’s development and innovation have proceeded in that direction.
A good printer, accurate and speedy, able to print a product rendering is an interesting result of the industrial field and the design world, but a printer that could make directly the final product could be utilized in digital handcraft and other jobs,” stated Massimo Morettie of WASP.
The DeltaWASP will be designed to create market-ready products, not prototypes, or prints for testing. That means accuracy, time to completion, and size are very big considerations here.
It seems like the new printer is up to the task, though. There’s a delta 3D printer at the heart of the new design, which helps to eliminate problems like vibration and slow speeds.
It also features the ability to print items up to a full meter in height. The nozzle on the printer can change from 4 to 10 mm in diameter to meet different needs in terms of print fineness, as well.
Another advantage of this new printer design is in the filament type used. Rather than going with a custom option, or a proprietary filament, WASP decided to go with pelletized plastic.
That offers significant cost reductions, and even allows the creation of filament on the user’s end through recycling different types of plastic and then forming pellets out of the shredded material. The pellets go right into a funnel-shaped hopper on top of the printer, which feeds into the heater and extruder.
So, what’s the printer really geared to do? Actually, WASP is positioning it as an invaluable tool for a couple of different industries, notably furniture designers.
It seems ideally suited for creating 3D printed furniture, and it’s actually already been used to create several different chairs.
The printer isn’t available on the market just yet, but WASP intends to debut it around the middle of the year for online purchase through the company’s website. It should eventually be available through some retailers, as well.
There is no word yet on pricing, but given the size of the printer, it will most likely be too expensive for home users (not to mention the thing’s sheer size would require at least a two-car garage for installation).