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Today’s buyers demand mass customization, local production and sustainable materials, all of which 3D printing can provide.

Now let us look at 3D printing in the education system.

It lets us solve more problems physically than just mentally. Revolutionizing the way of learning. Incorporating the imaginative ideas into reality. Let’s us not just think of something and guess it will work but create something then see how it will work.

“Now I believe when I see but not when I imagine”. Things are accomplished when done and seen but not when just said and heard”

What is PRINPO technologies?

PRINPO technologies is a company that deals with 3D printing technology in terms of incorporating it within the education system. Using 3D printed modals, 3D printers and 3D designing.

What is the problem?

In Tanzania (Africa), the lack of teaching aids within learning institutes cause inadequate understanding for students. Students find it very hard to understand the technical and physical concept of the materials being taught.

What is our solution?

Incorporating 3D designing and printing within schools and any other learning institution.

Advantages that 3D printing provides are endless.

Increase student’s performance, Increase/ promote understanding to students, Involving students with practical learning, Enhancement of student to teacher relationship by promoting engagement while teaching and learning, Rapid prototyping of the teaching aids.

Why should schools use 3D printers?

According to the technology of 3d printers, students can touch and hold objects which can help tactile learners. 3D printers can bring students creation to life which can be a powerful learning experience and printing out prototypes can help students refine their designs and better understand the creation process.

Due to the fact that this technology is fairly new to Africa therefore it is a challenge integrating and incorporating it within the education system. With more awareness and usage of this technology I believe that soon or later on in the future it will be widely used in Africa and will be extremely beneficial.

so i say let me and  you start a trend,let’s use 3D printing more and educate them.


Makers movement with 3D Printing

An important current trend is the Makers Movement. When applied to healthcare, patients can hack their illnesses with simple modifications and brainstorming. Patients are making a difference by driving solutions in their own care, on an individual case-by-case basis.

A cornerstone of the Makers Movement is 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, one of the most disruptive technologies across every industry and economy in the world. Its applications in healthcare are tremendous and game-changing specifically when used in places of insufficient medical supply. Widespread access to and knowledge about 3D printing is going to take the patient makers movement to a whole new level.

The explosive growth of 3D printing means that you can personalize and individualize literally every single thing in your life to your exact specifications — color, design, size. This is a huge difference from making one-size-fits-all. Anything that goes on or in the body will be printed to fit you 100 percent. Just about anything that was previously made of plastic or metal can now easily be printed in 3D.

3D printing would be able to furnish hospital with on-demand supplies and equipment. In areas with unstable supply lines or in remote locations, 3D printing will mean the difference between being able to access some supplies, or having nothing at all. For example,In Tanzania, a makers workshop Sticlab has managed to 3D print a microscope that is cost effective and reliable to inidividuals of all calibers. The microscope could be used in rural places where access to daily medical deliveries is a huge issue. It’s difficult to get enough medical supplies to places like Mzaganza and 3D printing provided an immediate solution, with accurate results.

Widespread access to and knowledge about 3D printing is going to take the patient Maker Movement to a whole new level. It is expected to see rapid progress, now that patients suddenly have easy access to new tools to create solutions that can make a major impact, especially in daily routines.

Traditional medicine isn’t deeply personalized, but the Maker Movement is making it possible for patients to individualize their treatments, share their work and ideas in communities, collaborate together and innovate further.

Health and 3D printing hackathon has been organized to take place in Tanzania on 14th February 2017 at Buni Hub with one core purpose. TO drive more people and raise awareness on the use of 3D printing in saving lives.

3D printing in Africa,3D printing at home.

Why idealize when we can materialize, having all at our finger tips. Imagining and creating beyond our expectation, not having to depend and wait for everything to be made for us. Making the dormant ideas become activated and switched to reality.

All great things started small, with a push of looking for ways to make Africa to be more innovative and creative. 3D printing can revolutionize and change the perception of our lives. 3D printing can push the limits of personalizing the needs at hand by creating resourceful tools and aids.

Might not make such a drastic change today but I believe there is a great future with 3D printing in Africa. 3D printing is offering various opportunities in medicine, education, agriculture, architecture and some much more. Taking the chance to work together in order to persuade the change of incorporating 3D printing in the system.

As we move into the future, 3D printing will start to become a common term in the technology industry. It is clearly a challenging problem, and it’s likely that it won’t succeed without all the significant contributions that have to be made during a period of time. I am looking forward for the future with this technology and playing my part to make a change. Let’s us all play our parts, lets us all work together because I know we will have more fun at it like that.

Kuunda 3D takes 3D printing to the village

Last fall, a team from Kuunda 3D Tanzania took the Ultimaker 2 Go 3D printer on an adventure-filled trip to rural Tanzania. The goals of the November 2016 trip were to:

  • test the ability of a 3D printer to operate in rural conditions with intermittent electricity, dust, and no computers
  • gauge the feasibility of teaching and demoing 3D design and printing to average villagers and
  • gather ideas for new print models and designs that can benefit village life.


Heading out to Kahe Town

The Kuunda team including Co-founder Elizabeth Rogers and Marketer/Translator/ Photographer/Driver Kayvan Somani set out from Dar es Salaam and headed 500 km to Kahe Town, a village located on the plains of Mt. Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania The trip featured car breakdowns ranging from tire punctures to an exploding radiator cover that delayed the trip by three days! Finally, we made it to Kahe Town, a 45-minute drive on a dirt road from Moshi Town, a typical stopover for Mt. Kilimanjaro hikers.

Morning session: Sugar plantation demo

The first stop for the Ultimaker 2 Go was at TPC Limited, one of Tanzania’s largest sugar estates. There, we met with a non-profit TPC Parents Against AIDS that works with women and families affected by HIV and AIDS. When we arrived, there was no electricity as the power plant was down for maintenance. So, we started the demo and power was restored while we passed around printed samples and explained the concepts. Explaining 3D design and 3D printing in Swahili was a real challenge because the language does not contain the words for 3 dimensional. But Kayvan was up to the challenge, and first explained the concepts of length, width, and height in Swahili before explaining how a small machine can take 3D designs created on a computer and produce physical objects in plastic! Our experience teaching 3D printing in Dar taught us that it’s best to show the printer in action so we just started printing. The first print was a simple sewing measuring tool that only takes 15 minutes to print and is a useful tool.

While the Ultimaker 2 Go was printing, a group of curious primary school students dropped by. Kayvan showed them the prints and explained how the machine works. They were very interested in the toys like the airplane because plastic toys aren’t readily available in this area of Tanzania.

At the end of the session, the women came up with a list of useful items they could 3D print… These included:

  • plastic flowers
  • earrings, bracelets, necklaces (with customized names)
  • hair pegs, clips, brushes, combs
  • kitchen utensils, dishes
  • chairs, tables, dustbins
  • buttons




 Afternoon session: The power of 3D printing – without power

Mama Quiga, head of TPAA, treated the team to a delicious lunch before we headed back to Kahe Town for our afternoon session. Elizabeth was on her own. Kayvan had to take the car into Moshi for repairs again! Abduli, our Kahe host, led the translation and training session. The afternoon demo was for a group of Mt. Kilimanjaro porters and motorcycle mechanics. There was no electricity, but this time we didn’t expect it to come back anytime soon. Ever flexible, we connected the Ultimake 2 Go to one of the villager’s solar panel systems. This man uses solar energy to power his lights and TV during frequent power outages. Because the power consumption of an Ultimaker 2 Go is similar to a TV, we were able to run a15 minute print off the inverters without problems. We are pretty sure this was groundbreaking in the world of technology. Just think, we ran a 3D printer powered by a solar panel in rural Africa.

Once again, the demo generated a list of useful print ideas. This list included:

  • light switches
  • lightbulb holders
  • bag locks
  • clothes pegs
  • spare parts for bicycles, cars, and motorcycles
  • plastic shoes

 3D printing for all communities

3D printing has the potential to change lives in even the most remote communities. Everyone that participated in the demonstrations was impressed by the technology and excited about the potential for their community. The groups generated almost 50 ideas of what could be printed and this is just the beginning. We are sure there will be even more ideas to come as they become more familiar with the concept of 3D printing. We will be creating the 3D designs for some of their ideas, printing them, and then sending them back to try. We are looking for an organization or an individual to donate a 3D printer to the TPAA group so they can print and sell useful items in their community. If you would like to get involved, contact us at info@kuunda3d.com.


Thanks to Ultimaker for their support of this project.

Thanks also to Abduli Hemedi of Kilimanjaro Backcountry Adventures and his parents for hosting us in Kahe Town and arranging the demonstration sessions at TPC and in Kahe.

Special thanks to Kayvan Somani for helping us in so many ways!
Kayvan’s donation of time, driving, and translating skills made this trip possible.


The Trifecta

Using new technologies and innovation is not usually about fixing what is directly broken in the old system but rather creating a new system to replace it. The Trifecta of internet (tablets), 3D printers, and drones can radically alter supply chains for many products and goods. This can apply to the medical industry, but also to spare parts, agriculture, fashion, and consumer goods. This trifecta will revolutionize life as we know it in coming years.

The Commission Of Science and Technology (COSTECH)’s research priorities in Human Capital Development, Health, Water and Sanitation, Energy, as well as Industry and Manufacturing1 are all served by further research and developing in the use of internet and cloud based STL files and 3D printing for the creation of manufactured products to fulfill the basic human needs. As each person with a printer can chose their own files for the products they want to to introduce to the market anyone with access to a 3D printer can become an entrepreneur. The access to the technology and to the machines to build such technologies is a necessary step in the industrial development of Tanzania. Machines and other products do not have to be imported from other countries indefinitely. Micro industrialization can begin here and now. With a printer, internet, solar, and some training anyone can be a small business owner. Their income entirely dependent on their creativity and resolve. This is using the principle at the core of the capitalism system of economics division of labor. If “making” is decentralized by leveraging 3D printing technology, people can more easily and equitably own the “means of production”. Manufacturing becomes democratic and small scale with mini factories each making special order, unique products.

As more than 10% of youth are unemployed or underemployed there is great opportunity for expansion and growth of new employment and new industries that did not previously exist. These youth need to be have basic training in the practical application of electronics and engineering, rather than theoretical knowledge, to begin the design and production of products for the Tanzanian market, by Tanzanian citizens. Even if the designs are found online and resourced as Open Source, the person printing the product makes the full profit of its sale minus the cost of the plastic input and the “wear and tear” on the machine. The government of Tanzania is looking for “Big Results Now”. With some investment in education, Tanzanian could be designing machines to sell to their neighbors, they could be designing new products never seen before, and could compete and integrate with the global market while localizing production.


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