West Africa innovates with the world’s first sustainable 3D printer.

West African inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou has created a DIY 3D-printer by scouring junk yards for the discarded parts of old scanners, computers, and printers. The design is the first of its kind and is priced at around $100 which in comparison to what is currently on offer is as cheap as it gets. 3D printers are currently retailing at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Gnikou is a member of hackerspace WoeLab in the capital city of Lomé in Togo. Founded by architect and researcher Koffi Sénamé A., WoeLab acts as a resource center, an incubator for early stage start-ups and also as a networking hub to bring together the young tech enthusiasts in West Africa.

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