3D printing is now taught in schools the world over, and why not in Africa too?
Kuunda 3D, a social enterprise founded by Amsterdam-based entrepreneur, Beth Rogers, has recently set up shop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Armed with three 3D printers (Ditto+, Ultimaker Original+, M3D) and Innofil3D filament, Kuunda 3D is offering 3D printing courses at schools to students via after-school clubs in IT or Design. Secondary school students learn how a printer works, what types of filament is available and even design their own items.
Weekend workshops allow the students to dig deeper and learn the more technical aspects of the printers and 3D design.
Kuunda 3D is also helping to support the 3D printing ecosystem in East Africa in general.
They sell imported printers, as well as support and hope to sell printers that are manufactured locally. They also assure availability of high quality imported filament (much of what arrives in African countries is of low quality), while also supporting the development of local filament made from recycled PET bottles.
Kuunda 3D’s presence and activities will surely kickstart the new 3D printing market in East Africa. They aim to work with a variety of global partners, to create a strong link between new technological developments and what is happening on the ground in Tanzania.
Quality 3D Filament in Tanzania via Kuunda 3D
One of their partners is Innofil3D, because of their strong commitment to providing affordable filament to the education sector. It is important that high quality filament is available to those who are just learning about 3D printing – if poor quality filament is used, printers can jam up and then no one gets to learn! It is especially important in Dar es Salaam, where the climate is hot and humid. If filament is already of a poor quality, the humidity will exacerbate any deficiencies.
High quality filament is a key to success. Kuunda 3D is proud to work with Innofil3D to provide this quality in the beautiful colours needed to bring ideas to life.
3D printing is taking the world by storm and is enabling affordable, local solutions to people from all walks of life.
Kuunda 3D is excited to empower the women, men and children of Tanzania!
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