Timothy Whitehead 3DP

3D Printing in Developing Economies

New blog post just released from our partners Practical Action.

Here is an extract:

 The growth of 3D printing has been rapid in the last decade, with the creation of low cost printers and the availability of easy to use software.

The growth and use of this technology is evident across many developed economies.  3D printers are now a common tool for prototyping and used by many design agencies, engineering firms and research institutions. However, there is now a real opportunity to use 3D printing in developing economies and help to leapfrog highly capital intensive manufacturing.

The premise of 3D printing is simple, in that firstly 3D geometry is created using specialist 3D modelling software. This geometry is then virtually sliced into layers and outputted as numeric code. This code is read by the 3D printer which prints layer by layer to create the final part. …

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