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Open-source 3-D Printing in Managing Humanitarian Innovation
| By Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Technology Lab.
Wanted: Students to make a distributed future with solar-powered open-source 3-D printing.
Pearce Publications: Energy Conservation • Energy Policy • Industrial Symbiosis • Life Cycle Analysis • Materials Science • Open Source • Photovoltaic Systems • Solar Cells • Sustainable Development • Sustainability Education
- Joshua M. Pearce. Chapter 21 - Open-source 3D printing. in Managing Humanitarian Innovation: The cutting edge of aid, Editors: Eric James and Abigail Taylor, 2018, Practical Action Publishing. eISBN: 978-178044-953-1 | ISBN: 978-185339-953-4 doi:https://doi.org/10.3362/9781780449531.021
What could you print?
- This printer was primarily tested on 3D printed medical equipment, however there are many applications including:
3D printing can have a definitive role in fostering innovation by enabling local production of materials from recycled waste, and off-grid solar photovoltaic-powered distributed manufacturing of high-value products. The technological improvements and innovations resulting from open-source 3D printing being used as a distributed manufacturing technology can benefit resource-constrained areas, including those undergoing crisis. This includes the ability to locally fabricate 3D printers, useful products, and the printing filament to make them using local materials. Work in these areas shows enormous potential for radically improving the lives of people and communities affected by disaster.
Appropriate Technology; Distributed Manufacturing; Open Source Hardware; 3D Printing; OSAT; additive manufacturing; disaster relief; open hardware; humanitarian engineering; humanitarian logistics; rapid manufacturing; remote manufacturing ; open source, recycling
- Open source rapid prototyping of OSAT
- Development of a Resilient 3-D Printer for Humanitarian Crisis Response
- Mobile Open-Source Solar-Powered 3-D Printers for Distributed Manufacturing in Off-Grid Communities
- Reversing the Trend of Large Scale and Centralization in Manufacturing: The Case of Distributed Manufacturing of Customizable 3-D-Printable Self-Adjustable Glasses
- High-Efficiency Solar-Powered 3-D Printers for Sustainable Development
- 3-D Printing Solar Photovoltaic Racking in Developing World
- Life-cycle economic analysis of distributed manufacturing with open-source 3-D printers
- Open-source, self-replicating 3-D printer factory for small-business manufacturing
- Distributed manufacturing with 3-D printing: a case study of recreational vehicle solar photovoltaic mounting systems
- Global value chains from a 3D printing perspective
- Self-sufficiency of 3-D printers: utilizing stand-alone solar photovoltaic power systems
|This page is part of an international project to use RepRap 3-D printing to make OSAT for sustainable development. Learn more.
Research: Open source 3-D printing of OSAT • RecycleBot • LCA of home recycling • Green Distributed Recycling • Ethical Filament • LCA of distributed manufacturing • RepRap LCA Energy and CO2 • Solar-powered RepRaps • solar powered recyclebot • Feasibility hub • Mechanical testing • RepRap printing protocol: MOST• Lessons learned • MOST RepRap Build • MOST Prusa Build • MOST HS RepRap build • RepRap Print Server