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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 15 2013: Not if we don't reform copyright law.

    That is the actual goal of the copyright lawyers and govts right now.

    If all designs have to be protected, then all 3D printers have to be registered, and controlled for copyright protection.

    The spare parts angle is the largest i see, but see above.

    The biggest thing is actually the reduction of transportation costs and recycling the waste stream at the same time.

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