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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 14 2013: Agreed Brian, it would help the sustainability agenda. I like the idea of printing spare parts locally as needed and of course that has a whole different meaning and much greater impact in under-developed economies.

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