WASP & RiceHouse Construct 3D-Printed Home from Earth, Rice, Rice Husk & Hydraulic Lime

Published by , October 16, 2018 1:28 pm

(Electronics360) Italian 3D-printing company WASP in collaboration with with RiceHouse, a manufacturer of rice products for architectural use, recently presented Gaia, a case study for 3D-printed construction which incorporates raw materials from the surrounding area.
RiceHouse supplied vegetable fibers used by WASP to develop a compound composed of 25% site-specific soil made up of clay, silt and sand; 40% straw-chopped rice; 25% rice husk and 10% hydraulic lime. Gaia’s external casing was 3D printed on-site with the Crane WASP, a modular printing system that emulates traditional building cranes. WASP’s CEO, Massimo Moretti, said, “The mud wasp is our model of development, a perfect approach to build low-cost houses with natural material.”

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