E-Waste 3D Printer to Mars?

E-Waste 3D Printer to Mars?

While 3D printing has been in development since its discovery in late 1980s, it never became a financially feasible idea until the previous few years. Togolese designer, Afate, may have found the solution to make 3D printing financially affordable to households while solving another major problem, pollution.

Many regions around the world ranging from China to Africa are affected by e-waste pollution, leading to a major negative influence to the daily lives of residents of those regional areas. Many places have become zones where e-waste is dumped from Europe and North America; in most cases, the e-waste is processed by locals who break down the waste in order to make a profit.

Afata, a Togolese designer, completely rethought the system and searched for a solution to up-cycle rather than recycle the e-waste. After purchasing his first 3d printer, Afate realized most of the parts of the 3D printer could be found in the e-waste dumps scattered around his city.

Since many inventions and innovations coming out from North America, Europe and Asia; it was unexpected that someone from a small town in Africa is able to come up with what is possibly the most important discovery of this generation. With 3D printing becoming a massive and popular trend in today’s society, a cheap and sustainable way to create this technology can revolutionize the industry.

This project has attracted a lot of attention from the public including many huge organizations like NASA. Of numerous projects proposed to NASA, “WAFTE to Mars” was selected as one of 133 nominated entries; the winner is set to be announced on the 22nd of May.

 

 

 

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