The Italy-based WASP project may have developed the fastest 3D printer yet, the DeltaWASP 20 40 Turbo.
Among the many things developed by the WASP project is 3D printing technology suitable for printing very large objects. We’ve covered this previously, where their tall machines were able to print huge objects. But here’s the thing: in developing large format printers, they discovered a bottleneck in processing.
According to WASP, their delta approach required “200 square roots to the millimeter for each axis (and the axes are 3!)”. This adds up to a lot of processing depending on how fast you want to move the extruder. They realized that additional speed will require much faster processing.
It seems they’ve accomplished this by using a low-voltage 32-bit RISC processor combined with a custom version of Marlin firmware. The DeltaWASP 20 40 Turbo makes use of this technology and is able to print at an astonishing 1,000mm per second, with accelerations of up to 20,000mm / second / second! This is far faster than the non-Turbo DeltaWASP, which can print at up to 300mm/s.
The Turbo version will be revealed this week in Milan. Pricing, we’re not certain, but you can bet it will be more expensive than the non-Turbo, which lists for €2,370 (USD$2,600).