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Delta WASP 40100 Clay 3D Printer Review

3D printers are ever-evolving with their functionality and possibilities able to strike the most skeptical of users. Take, for example, Delta WASP 40100 Clay, a top-notch 3D printer designed to work with ceramics. This article will tell you everything you need to know about the Delta WASP 40100 Clay, namely its characteristics, possibilities, and applications.

 

Video demonstrating the work of the Delta WASP 40100 Clay 3D printer

 

 

WASP 40100 Clay in detail

 

General information

  • Operating system: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Power supply: 220/240 V 50/60 Hz
  • Dimensions, mm: 850 x 770 x 1950
  • Weight, kg:80
  • Software: Cura, SLic3r, Simplify 3d
  • Output formats: .stl, .obj, .gcode
  • File transfer: SD Card

 

Technical specifications 

  • Build volume: Ø400 mm × 1000 mm
  • Travel speed:150 mm/s
  • Printing technology: LDM
  • Layer thickness from: 500 micron
  • Material support: porcelain, earthenware, porcelain gres, refractory materials, clays
  • Nozzle diameter, mm: 1.2
  • Printing speed: 150 mm/s

 

Printer description

WASP, a world-renowned manufacturer of 3D printers from Italy, specializes in the development of not only the construction but also ceramic delta-3D-printers.

In 2018, their product portfolio was enriched with a brand new model – Delta WASP 40100 Clay. What sets this 3D printing machine apart is that it creates models through LDM technology that is traditionally used for printing with liquid and paste-like materials.

In the case of LDM printing, the material under pressure is delivered to the print head and then extruded with the help of a transport screw from a stepper motor. Since the printing bed does not move, no vibrations occur during the printing process, and the piece is not subjected to deformation.

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Delta WASP 40100 Clay prints with various materials including porcelain, ceramics, refractory materials, clay, and many others. The volume of the work envelope is impressive - Ø400 mm × 1000 mm. The level of detail of the finished pieces is also great, while the layer thickness is from 0.5 mm.

The robot boasts a handy feature – a recovery system called “Resurrection”. The essence of this function is to easily resume the printing process if the device shuts down due to a sudden power failure, for example. The extrusion data is saved on the SD card in the "resurrection.g" file, which allows the user to resume printing once the printer is turned on.

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If the “Resurrection” system has not worked for some reason, or the user is not satisfied with the final result after resuming the printing process, there is the “Free Zed” function designed exactly for such situations. This system allows for launching the printing from a certain height in mm (along the Z-axis), that is, from a certain point. After specifying the desired height from which printing must be resumed, the printer will remain motionless, while the printing process will be shown on the display, and upon the conditional achievement of the specified height, the extruder will start printing.

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Unlike the previous model from this Delta WASP 2040 Clay line, the Delta WASP 40100 Clay printer gives the possibility to print on a removable printing platform made from stainless steel or even directly on the floor. After each printed fragment, you can continue printing without waiting for the detail to dry, simply by moving the printer from one platform to another or replacing the platform.

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If necessary, you can even modify the printer using the advanced LDM WASP Extruder XL that can print with the thickest ceramic materials and comes with four different stainless steel nozzles with diameters of 2, 4, 6 and 8 mm.

 

Supply package 

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The printer is delivered fully-assembled. The supply package Includes:

  • 1 WASP LDM extruder with a stainless steel nozzle (diameter 1.2 mm),
  • 1 container for material (volume 5 liters),
  • 1 printing bed made of multilayer marine plywood,
  • 10 kg of porcelain,
  • One SD card with free software, default software settings for importing to a PC, a sample file in the “.gcode” format for printing.

 

Setting-up procedures 

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Since the printer is delivered fully-assembled, you will not have to tinker with a preliminary setup. If you plan to print on the original printing platform, you will need to run calibration before the first use. If you want to use a printing platform of another manufacturer, you will need to adjust the height along the Z-axis to match the thickness of the platform.

 

Software

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You can use any available slicers to work with the printer, including Cura, Slic3r or Simplify3D. The first two solutions are free, while the cost of Simplify3D is $149. The printer supports the next file formats: .stl, .obj, .gcode. You can use an SD card to import the finished g-code to the 3D printer's memory to reproduce a piece in standalone mode.

 

Applications

Ikebana vases

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Andrea Salvatori, an Italian sculptor, used DeltaWASP 40100 Clay to print wondrous ikebana vases from clay. Ikebana is an ancient Japanese art of adorning vessels with flowers and plants. The author’s idea was to create vases of imperfect, ridiculous shape. In such a way, Salvatori wanted to demonstrate an internal conflict between humans’ and machines’ ways of creation.

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The sculptor nipped in an orderly printing process, adding spherical ceramic insertions to the printed pieces. The result of such experiments is an array of vases striking the imagination with their abstract shapes. The “Ikebana Rock and Roll” collection was the first attempt to demonstrate the use of the DeltaWASP 40100 3D printer in ceramic art after it entered the market.

3D print clay and Art interaction | Delta WASP 40100 | Andrea Salvatori

 

Clay sculptures

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Happy owners of the WASP 40100 Clay 3D printer post such photos on their social networks, for instance, Luca Tarlazzi, a famous illustrator of antiquity and the Middle Ages, recently joined the ranks of enthusiastic 3D printing makers.

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Such interesting prints were demonstrated at the annual Ceramics Symposium in Gmunden (Austria). Jonathan Keep, a symposium participant and author of numerous workshops on digital ceramics, noted that despite the use of SaphirKeramik clay known for its poor plasticity, the quality of models produced by the WASP 40100 Clay 3D printer is surprisingly high.

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On the left in the photo, you can see the fractal composition of the roots made of ceramic granite, clay and terra sigillata with dimensions of 100 x 60 x 57 cm. On the right is a fractal monolith produced from SaphirKeramik and ceramic granite, glaze with dimensions of 33 x 33 x 76 cm.

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Advantages and disadvantages

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Delta WASP 40100 Clay has a variety of advantages:

  • LDM WASP Extruder eliminates air bubbles from the mixture and is equipped with an extrusion control system with the retraction option and an outward pressure multiplier up to 40 bar;
  • An ability to resume an interrupted printing process through "Resurrection" and "Free Zed" features;
  • Large work area;
  • Non-stop printing made possible through a separable printing platform.

 There are no significant disadvantages in the machine’s performance. However, you should consider the general disadvantages of ceramic printing which take place irrespective of the printer model. These include:

  • The excessive softness of clay,
  • The prolonged time necessary for letting the piece dry before post-processing,
  • Visible print layers.

 

Conclusion

Delta WASP 40100 Clay was developed specifically for professional printing with ceramic materials. Using this printer, you can obtain objects that cannot be created manually.

  

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