- A lab in Togo, West Africa, is behind 3D printer made from e-waste
- Creators say it is the first 'Made in Africa' 3D printer
The problem is only getting worse. Fortunately, though, there are those working at a community level to raise awareness about e-waste and put it to some good use.
An innovative lab in Lomé, the capital city of Togo in West Africa, is one such group. They've created the first "Made in Africa" 3D printer using e-waste.
, a community tech hub established by architect Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou
, 37, made the machine using little more than scrap printers, computers and scanners.
The idea was born after Agbodjinou purchased a 3D printer for the lab. Upon seeing this, the young innovators based at the workshop decided to build their own. "We wanted to see how we could build a new one but with our own resources," Agbodjinou tells CNN.
In 2013, after a year of collaborative work, they had produced the first 3D printer. Now they have 20 finished products and other labs in Africa are following suit.
3D printing success
WoeLabs opened in 2012 and is a grassroots network of inventors and entrepreneurs who