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WASP 3D prints ‘Dropcity’ for Milan Design Week

Utilizing the Crane WASP to construct multifunctional wall modules within Tunnel 54

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In 1960, Colorado’s Drop City set a precedent as a hub of artistic and countercultural innovation – a community that sought to live in harmony with nature through art and architecture. Fast forward to today, Milan’s Dropcity captures this pioneering spirit beneath the tracks of its central railway – merging historical inspiration with contemporary architectural ingenuity. This year, WASP, a 3D printing technology developer, became a cornerstone of this transformative project – establishing an operational center within Dropcity at Milan Design Week.

The company’s involvement during Milan Design Week’s ‘Dropcity in-progress’ event heralds a new era of architectural renovation. WASP’s commitment to revamping Tunnel 54 with its advanced 3D printers marks a significant leap toward sustainable and technologically progressive architecture – transforming neglected spaces into vibrant centers for research and creativity.

WASP 3D prints 'Dropcity' for Milan Design Week - utilizing the Crane WASP to construct multifunctional wall modules within Tunnel 54.

From April 12th to 21st, WASP’s technology will be on full display – inviting the public to witness the innovation in real time. The highlight of the event is the utilization of the Crane WASP to construct multifunctional wall modules within the tunnel. The introduction of the Crane WASP Scara, an experimental printer model, further enables the direct printing of structures alongside the tunnel walls.

Parallel to these developments is the establishment of a Clay 3D Printing Farm, a collection of WASP 40100 production printers. The farm’s output, a parametric wall consisting of uniquely designed pieces, illustrates the potential of mass customization in architecture. This system not only showcases the adaptability and efficiency of 3D printing but also underscores a commitment to sustainable, automated production of diverse ceramic products.

WASP 3D prints 'Dropcity' for Milan Design Week - utilizing the Crane WASP to construct multifunctional wall modules within Tunnel 54.

The events at Via Giovanni Battista Sammartini 54, set against the backdrop of the Salone del Mobile represent a confluence of history, innovation, and sustainable design thinking. Milan’s Dropcity, powered by WASP’s 3D printing technology, is reimagining the future of architecture – blending artistic heritage with modern design to create a beacon of innovation in the heart of Milan.

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