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
techfortrade has written a Technical Feasibility Study about their work designing the Thunderhead PET filament extruder for the ReFab Dar experiment.
Work on the Thunderhead Filament Extruder originally started in 2014 when techfortrade contracted Matt Rogge to further develop work that he had started in 2012, to design and build a low cost ‘appropriate technology’ filament extruder that could be used in community settings in low income countries to produce 3D printer filament for local use from waste plastic collected by the community.
The ReFab Dar experiment has explored the possibilities for creating 3D products in Tanzania. there were focus on 4 product categories: jewelry, medical, spare parts, and consumer goods “hacks”. In each of these four verticals a number of prototypes were created and then shared for feedback with interested stakeholders. Medical Tools Feasibility Study 3D printing
For 30 days, ReFab Dar printed a prototype each day and shared photos on Facebook and Twitter to gauge the interest in response in creating 3D printed products. The prototypes were from 5 categories: education, medical, jewelry, consumer products, and spare parts/ hydroponics. The results were fantastic. The most “liked” products were the medical products and jewelry. With more than 25,000 digital impressions in one month, the experiment was considered success.
It was a pleasure hosting the BBC at STICLab in July! One short video was created for BBC online and it was mentioned in the Daily News show both on TV and radio.
In the first video, Adella Salum talks about the 3D printed products made through the ReFab Dar experiment and the digital microscope she is pioneering. In the second video and audio recording, STICLab’s Paul Nyakyi and Stanley Mwalembe along with Kuunda 3D’s Evans Godwin.