Togolese inventor makes the cheapest 3D printer from scraps. Read Full Story.

Togolese inventor makes the cheapest 3D printer from scraps. Read Full Story.




Discarded electronic equipment is one of the world’s fastest-growing sources of waste, as consumers frequently replace “old” models that become more obsolete each year. However instead of letting e-waste sit them on the scrap pile or head to the landfill, Kodjo Afate Gnikou decided to utilize spare parts in order to create a cheap, DIY 3D printer.

Apr 10, 2014 – Togo. The W.AFATE printer is inspired by the Prusa Mendel which is one of the models had been put together at the WoeLab-Lomé during the Archicamp 2012, thanks to a kit brought from France. Very spontaneously, Afate identified the problem posed by the availability of a kit in the realization of this project and initiated the process of manufacturing an empowering machine easy to reproduce, 100% based on recycling and other materials available anywhere. W.AFATE, the name of the printer, is a composition of “W” WoeLab, and “Afate” the name of the inventor.

By Musah Idriss

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