Artenova visits WASP with their sights set on 3D printing: when tradition looks to innovation
When tradition looks to innovation anything can happen such as a meeting with companies like CSP Ltd. of Massimo Moretti, founder of the project WASP – World’s Advanced Saving Project, which deals with the development of innovative projects. The manufactures from Massa Lombarda are into 3D printers capable of materializing small objects mainly out of plastic based materials, but the dream is to one-day build houses out of local clay.
In recent years the artisans from Artenova have oriented their craftsmanship towards innovation and have always been on the lookout for new technological solutions. So after finding out about these printers now on demand in Italy as well as in other parts of the world, the owner of Artenova, Leonardo Parisi, together with his friend Sergio Bettini, consultant of Artenova since their first experiments in the use of terracotta jars for wine making, decided to investigate to see what the most popular model, the Delta Wasp 2040 is capable of.
Pictured Leo Parisi, guest of the WASP Company, observes the machine at work with a clay extruder using the clay from Impruneta. From an image launched by computer file, the printer builds up an object using a hollow needle through which the clay is injected.
“We want to understand the timing of realization” said Parisi “and compared to manual work, what levels of quality and precision this printer is capable of reaching.” That of recent weeks has only been a first encounter to get an idea of the potential of this technology. For Artenova, the 3D printer could be applied to smaller objects the size of bottles and goblets. “We’re just doing some experiments” said Parisi “What interests us now is to understand the innovative possibilities that the world of 3D printing can offer to a material like clay“.