October 18, 2012

Fighting jiggers in 3D | 3D4D Challenge


















How much cooler can technology get?

Meet two 4th year engineering students; Roy Ombatti and Harris Nyali from University of Nairobi/ Fablab (The fabrication Lab) who came up with an innovative project called; Happy feet - Fighting jiggers in 3D. The project concept which was inspired by the
 3D4D Challenge revolves around the application of three dimension printing to deliver real social benefits in the developing world, thus; Fighting jiggers in 3D.

Ahadi Kenya Trust the organization that is at the forefront of the anti-jigger campaign in Kenya has documented 50,000 school drop outs in the past 20 months, 265 deaths and 2.6 Million registered infections. This situation became Happy feet's entry and they are now looking to use a 3D printer to print shoes from recycled plastic for those infested with jiggers and in the process create green jobs for the youth in these communities.

These young innovators will be showcasing at the 
3D Printing Show 2012 in front of an audience of leading industry players and the media in London on Friday 19th of October.

Can 3D printing revolutionize manufacturing in Africa? 



By: Grace Wanjuki

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