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Digital cargo: 3D printing for development at the 'bottom of the pyramid'

Chapter


Abstract


  • British charity techfortrade led a worldwide competition, the 3D4D Challenge,

    with the idea that three-dimensional (3D) printing could be transferred

    to the global South where material poverty endures (Mitlin and Satterthwaite

    2013: 14). The 3D4D Challenge championed the introduction of 3D printers

    into the global South in the same fashion as mobile phones, which have

    transformed the lives of the poor in many areas of South Asia, Central and

    South America, the Middle East and Africa. In tackling material poverty in

    this novel fashion the 3D4D Challenge generated media interest in The

    Economist (2012), The Independent (Dean 2012), The Guardian (Seager 2013)

    and at the London 3D Print Show (Reuters 2012). Its supporters include

    some of the major players in 3D printing today: Bre Pettis (CEO, Makerbot),

    Kai Backman (CEO, Tinkercad), Dr Adrian Bowyer (Inventor of the

    RepRap, Bath University), Rupert Godwins (Editor, ZDNet UK), as well as

    development experts including Steve Haines (Mobilization Director, Save the

    Children) and Simon Trace (CEO, Practical Action and former International

    Operations Director, WaterAid).

    In this chapter we examine the idea that the technical innovation of 3D

    printing represents a coming transition in the manufacturing and transportation

    of objects.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. & Hoyle, W. (2015). Digital cargo: 3D printing for development at the 'bottom of the pyramid'. In T. Birtchnell, S. Savitzky & J. Urry (Eds.), Cargomobilities: Moving materials in a global age (pp. 199-215). New York, United States: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415720953

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84942322004

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1540

Book Title


  • Cargomobilities: Moving materials in a global age

Start Page


  • 199

End Page


  • 215

Place Of Publication


  • New York, United States

Abstract


  • British charity techfortrade led a worldwide competition, the 3D4D Challenge,

    with the idea that three-dimensional (3D) printing could be transferred

    to the global South where material poverty endures (Mitlin and Satterthwaite

    2013: 14). The 3D4D Challenge championed the introduction of 3D printers

    into the global South in the same fashion as mobile phones, which have

    transformed the lives of the poor in many areas of South Asia, Central and

    South America, the Middle East and Africa. In tackling material poverty in

    this novel fashion the 3D4D Challenge generated media interest in The

    Economist (2012), The Independent (Dean 2012), The Guardian (Seager 2013)

    and at the London 3D Print Show (Reuters 2012). Its supporters include

    some of the major players in 3D printing today: Bre Pettis (CEO, Makerbot),

    Kai Backman (CEO, Tinkercad), Dr Adrian Bowyer (Inventor of the

    RepRap, Bath University), Rupert Godwins (Editor, ZDNet UK), as well as

    development experts including Steve Haines (Mobilization Director, Save the

    Children) and Simon Trace (CEO, Practical Action and former International

    Operations Director, WaterAid).

    In this chapter we examine the idea that the technical innovation of 3D

    printing represents a coming transition in the manufacturing and transportation

    of objects.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. & Hoyle, W. (2015). Digital cargo: 3D printing for development at the 'bottom of the pyramid'. In T. Birtchnell, S. Savitzky & J. Urry (Eds.), Cargomobilities: Moving materials in a global age (pp. 199-215). New York, United States: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415720953

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84942322004

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1540

Book Title


  • Cargomobilities: Moving materials in a global age

Start Page


  • 199

End Page


  • 215

Place Of Publication


  • New York, United States