Category Archives: Africa

Will 3D Printing change Africa ?

By Farai Mashambanhaka

  Anyone following the 3D Printing fever will likely have come across stories about 3D Printing possibilities for the developing world. There is no doubt that many in the maker community including economists, doctors and engineers, rave about how 3D printing specifically, and technology in general can help developing countries improve by overcoming structural handicaps […]

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Hans Fouche Rocks the 3D Printing Scene (Again)

By Davide Sher

South African inventor and engineer Hans Fouche never stops inventing. He is using his large size Cheetah 2 3D printer to seriously test the boundaries of local manufacturing,  by 3D printing real everyday articles at an amazing pace.  He uses them to show the capabilities of his 3D printer, using low cost ABS pellets.
Following hot on the heels of his recent 3D printed Car Jack, prototype one and two, Fouche has just released pictures and a video of the Cheetah’s latest creation: prototype 1 of an 3D Printed Acoustic Guitar.…

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3D Life Prints Turns to You to Make More Prosthetics for Emerging World Amputees

By Davide Editing

Thanks  to amazing community projects like e-NABLE and missions such as Project Daniel or the activities by Open Bionics and more, thousands, if not millions of people know now that it is possible to use low-cost 3D printing to make prosthetics at a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing methods.
That, however, is not enough. Just being able to make the prosthetics does not mean that they can find their way to those who need them most and could benefit the most from having one: amputees in remote, emerging world nations.…

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Formlabs Spans the Globe with 5 New Distributors

By Davide Sher

Formlabs, the world’s leading manufacturer of low-cost SLA 3D printers, is about to make its presence throughout the world even more significant by signing new distribution partnerships with companies throughout three different continents, in especially strategic regions.

The company, founded in 2012 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms, is now leading the charge and fulfilling its mission of taking resin based professional grade SLA technology to everyone.  Shortly after consolidating its presence in Europe, with a Berlin HQ and partners in the UK, Italy and France, Formlabs has now expanded into the Scandinavian market by partnering with Sweden’s Creative Tools.…

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Zimbabwean Man Receives Facial Reconstruction with Help from 3D Systems

By Tyler Koslow

When he was just a nine-year-old boy, Zimbabwean man Blessing Makwera was severely injured after a land-mine detonator blew up in his mouth, leaving his jaw and mouth insurmountably damaged. Now, however, Makwera is being offered a chance to beam a smile again, thanks to a collaborative 3D printed effort by the Operation of Hope, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and 3D Systems. The facial reconstruction project began after Makwera was discovered by Jennifer Trubenbach, the president of Operation of Hope, a California-based organization that offers surgical care and assistance to underserved communities across the world.…

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OpenBiomedical’s Low Cost Medical Prototypes Are Ready to Deploy

By Davide Editing

The OpenBiomedical initiative is an international not-for-profit collaboration of volunteers and professionals who want to use open source technologies and 3D printing to bring low-cost medical devices to this who need them most. After presenting their first three designs – two hand prostheses and one incubator – a little over a year ago, OBM has now finally shown the first 3D printed finally prototypes of their devices.
While the hands prosthetics – WIL and FABLE – do hold a great potential the device that has attracted the most attention, both for its usefulness and uniqueness in the open source scenario, is Baby On Board (BOB), a low-cost neonatal incubator that is almost entirely 3D printed.…

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i-Scientifica Claims Prototype for Metal Ink 3D Printer

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Metal 3D printing is big business and for good reason.  Metal 3D printing allows for the production of complex and essential components in every industry, from aerospace to medicine.  The systems currently on the market, however, are far from perfect and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Therefore, there’s plenty of room for the space to grow with lower-priced machines that can produce more reliable results.  To tackle these issues, there are currently projects from all over the world working towards improved quality assurance and more affordable systems. …

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3D LifePrints Achieves Many Firsts in Africa with 3D Printed Prosthetics

By Davide Sher

While there are many projects that have contributed to raising awareness about the possibilities that low cost 3D printing can offer to amputees in developing and poor countries, nothing is like being there in person. Startup 3D LifePrints has followed this approach and has gradually built a credit of trust from local institutions and – perhaps more importantly – local amputees themselves.
This trust has culminated at leading local PCEA Kikuyu orthopedic hospital, with the first 10 patients receiving low-cost hand prostheses and cosmetic, lifelike prosthetic leg covers for their lower limb prostheses.…

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Explore, Download & 3D Print Recently Discovered Tools From 3.3 Million Years Ago

By Andrew Wheeler

What are some of the most common tools used by members of the human race today?  Computers are probably the most sophisticated tools we’ve ever built for ourselves.  They’re so sophisticated and easy to use that we’ve begun to see them as an extension of ourselves.  But they are tools,  and like primates, they’ve evolved considerably over time.  But there is always going to be more information to uncover and quantify.  Recently in Kenya, the oldest stone tools known to man were discovered. …

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Materialise Sets Out to Streamline the 3D Printing Industry at MWC 2015

By Davide Sher

The line up of speakers that Materialise put together for the two-and-a-half day World Conference 2015 – the largest yet organized by the leading 3D printing service – immediately gives a glimpse of how difficult a task it is to try to put some order into additive nanufacturing, especially when it comes to its medical applications (which represented at least 60% of all panel speakers).
And, yet, that is exactly what Materialise wants to do and has begun to do, being of of the few companies that occupies just about every segment of 3D printing and uniting within itself several different AM technologies, design software, materials, scanners, and complete service solutions.…

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