3D Printing Helps African Manufacturing

Imagine a doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo who can create a prosthetic leg using materials found in his backyard. Or perhaps an engineering student who starts a new craze in acoustic instruments from the comfort of her room in South Africa (Vuvuzelas, anyone?). Custom designs, waste management solutions, home décor, next-generation devices— could all be designed, printed and sold by Africans to Africans and markets beyond using 3D printers.

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Fast Form Shelters: Emergency Housing That Locks Into Place

After the Haiti earthquake, this structure was designed as a fast form of shelter post-disaster. It involves a large roof that can collect rainwater and a system of mirrors to create steam. It’s completely constructed by fiber board and can be made in less than five hours. It requires no nuts or bolts to assemble. It is cheap, and easily …

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