Shamballa, Heaven can wait. How 3D printing will sustain the future


  • Dario Russo University of Palermo
  • Massimo Moretti Founder of WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project)



digital manufacture, ethics, innovation, social design, sustainability


This article is devoted to the activities of the WASP group of which Massimo Moretti is the founder, and emphasizes how it is possible to reconcile technological progress with the creation of a heaven on earth: a society of equals, eco-compatible, scientifically evolved and completely open-source. This is not utopia. It is actually taking place thanks to projects that respond in concrete fashion to the basic needs of Man: food, home, health, energy, work and culture. The case of WASP is a pointer to changes that are occurring. An accumulation of futuristic technology geared towards a social application. It is also a clear demonstration of how an ethical vision is actually practicable within the logic of the business community. Moreover, it is the demonstration of how an ethical vision may become the driving force in developing projects and technologically advanced machines, which are then sold to feed the dream: to build heaven on earth.


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Author Biographies

Dario Russo, University of Palermo

Architect and PhD, he is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Department of Architecture, where he coordinates the degree course in Industrial Design. He has published several essays on design and visual communication, including ‘Free Graphics’, ‘Il design dei nostri tempi’ and ‘Il lato oscuro del design’.

Massimo Moretti, Founder of WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project)

He designs, produces, and sells 3D printers Made in Italy all over the world. He invents, thanks to 3D printing and scientific research, innovative solutions every day to meet the human needs: food, health, work, energy, art and culture.


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How to Cite

Russo, D. and Moretti, M. (2020) “Shamballa, Heaven can wait. How 3D printing will sustain the future”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 8(online), pp. 32–43. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/832020.

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