We've developed the world's first low cost open source system for recycling plastic water bottles for 3D printing as well as building 3D printers from recycled e-waste. We now want to use these tools to design and make exciting high-impact products that will benefit thousands of people across East Africa. This will be done collaboratively with local partners who are experts in their problems that we can help solve with 3D printed products.
For many millions, obtaining the staples that others take for granted is a daily struggle. Developing economies face the challenge of rapidly growing populations with ever increasing needs: to alleviate poverty, improve health, education and well-being. Most of these countries have little local product development and manufacturing capability, often with ill-functioning outdated equipment. Poor infrastructure drives up the cost of distribution of imported manufactured goods.
At TechforTrade we've developed the world's first low cost open source system for recycling plastic water bottles to make filament for 3D printing as well as building 3D printers from recycled e-waste. This means we can literally turn waste plastic into great products that meet local needs. Our first locally made 3D printed product is an educational microscope for science teaching in Kenyan schools and we're already starting to explore other product ideas.
By improving access to much needed products , we can, for example, make it easier to learn science, access water, grow food, and much more. The waste that is recycled to make these products will move from landfill to valuable goods being used by communities. We believe this new manufacturing model for low resource economies could touch and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people both in Kenya and in other countries across the world.