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.

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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

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