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Brendan Dunphy

Chief Innovation Officer, Brendan Dunphy Associates


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What potential does 3D printing have for developing economies?

Can 3D printing combined with mobile internet access enable developing economies in Africa and elsewhere to create a new manufacturing model that overcomes their deficit in traditional manufacturing infrastructure (roads, transportation, logistics, finance etc.) and constrained development to-date?

Could we be on the verge of a lower cost and way more flexible model ideally suited to under-developed regions where on-site and one-off manufacturing provides scarce spare parts for products manufactured elsewhere and a new generation of local products specifically designed for local needs?


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  • May 13 2013: It will trigger a manufacturing boom to the small community, growing the economic pie and putting mpre legs ro balance and support the national economy. It will bring new industries and redefine efficiency and turn everything more efficient. Tool can be printed on the run. Better quality education. Rise of ideas. More creative and productive society.

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