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In late October 2019, specialist 3D printing manufacturer World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) of Massa Lombarda and Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA) of Bologna (both in Italy) unveiled a concept for a new style of 3D printed house, which they intend to be made from completely reusable, locally sourced materials. Named TECLA, WASP intends to unveil the first prototype in Bologna in early 2020, which will span an area of 55m2 and measure 4m tall. The project received planning approval in May 2019 and started printing in September of the same year.

The TECLA marks the latest project from WASP to take inspiration from issues with overpopulation and affordable housing; it will be printed via WASP’s trademark and so-called “modular collaborative 3D printing system” the Crane WASP, which can “theoretically” be set up to 3D print an infinite number of houses over an infinite area. WASP also claim that the prototype TECLA will be the first house to be completely 3D printed with locally sourced clay. The project is being supported by worldwide construction materials producer Mapei of Milan, who helped establish the mix of raw materials to be used in printing the TECLA. The shape of the building was optimised by Milan-based engineering consultancy Milan Ingegneria.

Previous WASP projects include a 3D printed wall made from a mix of clay and rice fibres that features an embedded staircase. WASP are also known for Gaia, a 30m2 3D printed house made of an experimental mix of clay, silt, sand, straw-chopped rice, rice husk and hydraulic lime. WASP claim that it will biodegrade if its structure is not properly maintained.

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