This project simultaneously tackles the problems of e-waste and plastic pollution and the high cost of 3D printing technology available in the developing world market, while providing Kenyan waste pickers with increased revenue.
The printers are assembled using specific electronic parts mainly from old printers, scanners, photocopiers and CPUs. The parts that are harvested from the electronic waste include motors, smooth rods, wires, pulleys, copper wire, belts, bushings and power supplies. Once the parts are harvested, they are sorted according to size so as to have the parts as identical as possible. The smooth rods for all the axes are measured and the dimensions are inserted into our unique parametric design program that then calculates and designs the printer accordingly.