Togolese hacker makes 3-D printers from electronic waste

From bOING bOING:

Afate is a Togolese hacker who uses the WoeLab makerspace in Lome, Togo (the first makerspace in west Africa). He’s invented a 3D printer made out of the ewaste that is piled high in neighborhood-sized ewaste dumps in Agbogbloshie, near Accra, Ghana. He’s raised money on Ulule to standardize the printer, called the W.AFATE, so that anyone can turn ewaste into a 3D printer. The W.AFATE design has already won NASA’s Space App challenge with a concept for building trashbot 3D printers on distant planets.

More at 3Ders: “Afate hopes his project could be part of action to clean up the computer parts that dumps there in the entire neighborhoods, and also bring the technology to the area, within the reach of ordinary people.”

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