CSP DeltaWASP 20×40
World’s Advanced Savings Project is founded on the idea of giving people the ability to print themselves into opportunity. WASP’s Delta printers are giving users opportunities beyond other 3D printers by allowing them to produce images with experimental filaments. The CSP DeltaWASP 20×40 gives you flexibility in the materials department, and constructs large images with speed. The Delta family of 3D printers is designed by WASP to be custom and modular. This is a great printer built by a great Italian company.
Although their products aren’t as visually striking and aesthetically pleasing as others, their mission to save the world through low cost but highly functional printers is a noble one. What they seem to lack in style, compared to some of the other models in our list, they more than make up for in application, versatility and innovation. Their goal being to provide a total package that can accommodate just about any scenario, there is very little that WASP 3D printers can’t do, and very little materials that can’t be used, making it possible to truly make a difference in many different ways.
The DeltaWASP 20×40 is the second smallest in the Delta family, with only the PicoWASP on the smaller end. (DeltaWASP’s larger siblings are still in development, with the project only at about 70% completion as of July 2014.) DeltaWASP boasts a 200mm diameter x 400mm tall print envelope, which is large enough for many applications. This makes this printer great for 3Ders of most skill levels. The heated print surface allows for accuracy by helping control the temperature of the print, which guards against sticking and warping due to rapid cooling of the deposited filament.
All of WASP’s printers are designed in highly experimental processes to do things that other 3D printers can’t. The Delta series of printers have the capability to print using dense materials, like ceramic. Other WASP printers in development are printing large images with mud; the Delta family has benefitted thusly from these experiments. DeltaWASP prints using other filaments such as PLA, ABS, nylon, elastic polymers, polystyrene and Laywood, and accepts filaments with a 3mm diameter. The extruder is 0.35mm diameter, with option to be changed to 0.7mm for clays and ceramics. The print accuracy of the DeltaWASP is up to 50 microns, which is not too bad for a printer using 3mm filament. WASP’s design elements come together and allow for a lightning-fast 300mm/sec print speed, which is needed to navigate such a spacious build envelope.
As part of WASP’s mission, they describe the dream of being able to 3D print an entire house. With all of the different material options and sizes that are supported with these machines, that is very highly possible, and we won’t be surprised to see 3D printed houses with 3D printed furniture popping up in different parts of the world in the next few years. In a world where housing markets and economies are becoming increasingly volatile and unstable, it is refreshing to see such a practical and stable solution designed and presented to help with the world’s problems, rather than being designed as just another attempt to line a company’s pockets with yet another product that isn’t really needed.
The DeltaWASP 20×40 is a smooth, sleek building machine, with looks to kill and tech to back it up. Its fast printing speed and large envelope make it great for professional builders. Casual and occasional builders will also enjoy its ease of use and its quality construction. At a list price of $3,220, the cost is prohibitive when it comes to a home hobbyist or enthusiast, but those who have the means to do larger scale, more professional quality work will find the DeltaWASP to be just what the doctor ordered. With its diversity of applications and the company’s mission, this also presents an excellent opportunity to donate a WASP machine such as this to someone who can go out and improve the quality of life of just about anyone in any country in the world, and as a result, can be written off on your taxes as a charitable contribution.
With its ability to print using multiple filament types while improving accuracy and speed, this printer is versatile enough for a broad range of uses. WASP’s innovation and drive in the 3D printing world speak for themselves, and you can now purchase a piece of technical innovation to create dreams and world-changing prints of your own. As a result of being impressed by the possible applications of this 3D printer, as well as its versatility and rich set of features, it is our pleasure to have the DeltaWASP 20×40 round out our list of iReviews 2015 best 3D printers under $5,000.