W.AFATE 3D Printer

Problem to be solved: Recycle E-Waste

Discarded electronic equipment is one of the world’s fastest-growing sources of waste. It already
is a huge environmental problem in Africa. The massive dump in the Agbogbloshie suburb of
Ghana alone collects hundreds of tons of discarded computers and other toxic e-waste from
Europe and the U.S. each month.


Togolese inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou created the first 3D printer from electronic waste. Afate
built the printer for less than US$100, using rails and belts from old scanners, parts of discarded
desktop computers, and etc. from e-waste dumps. advocacy of recycling such waste for the
social and economic benefit of African households, schools and cyber-cafes.

Designer: Kodjo Afate Gnikou
Country: Germany/Ghana
Year: —

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