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