The 3D Printed Italian Village

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Additive manufacturing has been making impressive strides in the past couple years. A plethora of 3D printable materials and more advanced printers have opened up new doors and opportunities for manufacturers and the world as a whole. 3D printing never ceases to amaze us and innovative companies continue to stretch the boundaries of what is possible.

BigDelta, the world’s largest delta-style 3D printer is back to work after its winter hiatus. Developed by the Italian company WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project), the 40ft tall 3D printer is a massive structure that can 3D print entire houses out of clay found in local soils. It’s an incredible idea and one that has caught the attention of Massa Lombarda, Italy.

An agreement has been signed by WASP owner Massimo Moretti and Massa Lombarda’s mayor Daniele Bassi to begin constructing an entire village using BigDelta. The village, that will be named Shambhala, will be located in Massa Lombarda’s industrial district. The hope will be to create a high-tech, eco-friendly village that consumes less energy and is more self-sufficient.

“Massa Lombarda has always been a district interested in innovation, said Bassi. “The important agreement we signed today proves that the cohesion of energy, allegiance and creativity between the Municipality and a capable entrepreneur like Massimo Moretti, it’s a crucial element of development for our city and the youth who we want to guarantee an adequate future commensurate to their hope.” (

Many are hesitant to believe that it is possible to construct such a village only using a massive 3D printer, but Massa Lombarda and WASP haS set out to prove skeptics wrong. This won’t only be a massive step forward for the company but for the advancement of 3D printing in general. There are still those who believe that 3D printing is, and will always be, a gimmick or solely used for prototyping applications. Even as manufacturers and a host of other industries are beginning to use this technology to improve their processes and reduce the complexity of critical components. NASA is even sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station with hopes of creating a manufacturing hub in space. Beyond that, aerospace manufacturers have been using 3D printing to help cut down the weight of their aircraft, as it offers them the ability to simplify complex parts in their manufacturing process.

Construction on Shambhala is expected to begin next April. The agreement between WASP and Massa Lombarda is good for three years and is open to extensions.

We are going to be watching the construction process closely and are extremely excited to see how it all turns out. Check back soon to stay up to date with the latest manufacturing technology, news and trends all in one place.

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