A Wasp Nest Inspired 3D Printed House

It was only a couple years ago that the idea of 3D printing a livable structure seemed like a stretch. Now, it is occurring more regularly than not. The 3D printed house conversation is happening all over the world including space. One in particular is breaking 3D printed house norms in northern Italy. The 3D printed houses typically have a futuristic feel, however this one incorporates nature and definitely has an earthy feel.

“The house goes by the acronym TECLA—short for “technology and clay”—which is appropriate given that this is what the structure is made of. It’s a collaboration between WASP, (which stands for World Advanced Savings Project), an Italian company that makes 3D printers, and Mario Cucinella Architects.”

The design of this pod like structure was inspired by a potter wasp nest that is found on the northern hemisphere. The hive is made of mud and shaped like a pot. That is exactly why TECLA looks the way it does. The material used to create TECLA is completely sourced from local terrain which happens to be adaptable to any climate and environment.

“Unlike other projects that use one printer on rails, this structure employs two printers working simultaneously. Printing a TECLA house takes 200 hours and uses 7,000 computer codes. The printed layers are 12 millimeters thick, and you need 350 of them total. The volume of “natural materials” required is listed as 60 cubic meters, and the energy consumed in the building process is a mere 6 kilowatts.”

Check out the fascinating and unique structure in the video below.


“The printing phase of the TECLA house was completed last month, and after finishing touches are added and some publicity buzz generated (pun intended), the project is scheduled to be presented to the public this spring.”


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