We have finished the development phase of the machine thanks to crowdfunding [WoeLab raised 4,316 euros online, more than the 3,500 euros they were hoping to raise during their campaign
]. The machine can print plastic objects that range from a few centimetres to a metre in length. We recently sold our first printer during an innovation fair
Nonetheless, we are still in a period where we need funding to make the machine more financially accessible: Currently, we are selling it at 600 euros so as not to lose money [this is cheaper than the high-end machines sold in Europe, but more expensive than some American machines].
We aim to create a series of such machines, launch training workshops and put partnerships in place
with Internet cafés in order to make their use more democratic. Once you have the machine and know how to use it, all you need to do is download models online, and after that, creating objects is as easy as opening a PDF file!
Afate Gnikou organised workshops with young people in Lomé.
I launched this project by myself from home, for fun. But I only started realising its potential reach when I saw people around me get very excited, and quote Barack Obama’s speech [during his State of the Union speech last February, the US president said that 3D printers would mark the start of a “new industrial revolution”]. If we can help bring this revolution along and not have to wait years before being able to benefit from it, that would be a great source of pride for me.