African inventor makes 3D printer with... E-waste

3D printer made of e-waste
Screen capture Euronews

Ingenuity and elbow grease

Kodjo Afate Gnikou is a 33 years old inventor from Togo, in West Africa. Using mostly e-waste that he found in a scrap yard, he built a functioning 3D printer that he calls W.AFATE ("W" for WoeLab, the first hackerpace in west Africa, and Afate from his name). It's the first 3D printer built from e-waste, and even NASA is impressed: Kodjo Afate Gnikou has been rewarded with the NASA International Space Apps Challenge in Paris.

He says: "My dream is to give young people hope and to show that Africa, too, has its place on the global market when it comes to technology. We are able to create things. Why is Africa always lagging behind when it comes to technology?"

Check it out in action in this Euronews segment:

You can find more details on the back-story here.

Via 3Ders

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Tags: Africa | E-Waste

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