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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 25 2013: In my opinion, developing economies have more flexibility than the developed countries with respect to adopting new paradigm shifts, and as 3D printing offers a lower initial cost for manufacturing with acceptable limitations and drawbacks, it will definitely be a game changer and a potential boost for them.
    This TED talk by Alastair Parvin is an example of simplified thinking and a new way for especially emerging countries to do more with less sources.
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      May 26 2013: I agree Ozay, I think it could be a game-changer and at least help reduce the manufacturing gap between developed and developing economies. Thanks for the link!

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