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Design Layers: 3D Printing in Kenya

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DESIGN LAYERS: 3D Printing in Kenya


This project seeks to develop capacity within the Kenyan market for 3D printing, by highlighting the benefits of this technology, supporting local 3D printer manufactures and developing ten product case studies. The project culminated in an event at the University of Nairobi to demonstrate the added value of digital manufacturing and the role it can play in business. The event was an opportunity to promote designers, engineers and digital artisans in Kenya, increase collaboration and showcase the work they can achieve by locally manufacturing products.

Nairobi Design Week was involved in organising and planning the event and video. We worked closely with Afribuni, Vidan Lawnes and Raphael Wangutusi to shoot and produce the video and co-ordinate the partnership.

We look forward to seeing what more comes of the project in time and collaborating with all the partners again!

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Objective 1: Document and catalogue existing 3D printer technology in Nairobi, Kenya to establish current levels of digital manufacturing capacity

Objective 2: Through a collection of ten designed prototypes identify opportunities for products and components which can be created using FDM 3D printers

Objective 3: Develop a network of designers, manufactures and business leaders in Kenya who benefit and could utilise 3D printing in their product process

Objective 4: Provide a mechanisms (launch event/prototypes/booklets) by which the wider design /engineering community can have access to these technologies

Objective 5: Using working relationships, knowledge and outcomes from the activities explore opportunities to extend the projected through more substantive applications for funding.s a UI/UX design experiment I took this question and used the Kenya Power App as an example.

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  • Product case studies prototypes which demonstrate the novel use and application of FDM 3D printers
  • Interactive website with video and booklet pdf download as a knowledge transfer resource
  • Launch event in Nairobi Kenya, with designer, manufactures, business leaders to build capacity
  • Academic paper in international journal (Design Studies)

[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”20″][vc_column_text]Project Funded By:

Royal Academy of Engineers



Aston University

University of Nairobi

Nairobi Design Week



Digital Blacksmithis



Media Partners:

Vidan Lawnes

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