Johannesburg – Africa’s clean tech future could be driven by 3D printing technologies. The continent’s deficiency of infrastructure and services have proved beneficial in quite few sectors, such as telecommunication, where mobile technology have leap-frogged the need for traditional terrestrial network infrastructure.
Africa is in dire need of being introduced to a range of services and technologies bringing about similar level of solutions found in developed countries, yet at an affordable price, coupled with reliability and simplicity of operation, negating the need for highly trained/qualified HR.
The success that mobile telephony has achieved in Africa, especially as it became a driver for the growth of other sectors, has brought the realization that rather than investing in “old age “ technologies to bring about economic growth, such may not be the most optimal way.
Instead, introducing innovative twenty first century technologies may well make the difference.
For Africa the introduction of 3D printing manufacturing will bring about a wave of change with unprecedented benefits unlike seen before, benefiting small rural communities socio economic standards, offering new set of business opportunities to the individual, limited only by his or hers imagination and design.
Healthcare will be a particular beneficiary of the technology, with service ranging from affordable and bespoke artificial limbs being produced for the individual, through dentures/implants to skin grafts and even assistive devices and other medical components required.
The technology as it become more affordable and pervasive will bring many more ideas and opportunities of usage increasingly impacting on many other socio economic matters, but in the main will Africa an opportunity a kind of “industrial revolution” not yet seen on the continent.
It will allow for product manufacturing, otherwise imported to be made locally and cost effectively.
As 3D printing is now rapidly evolving both in terms of cost affordability, simplicity and wider usage of materials (filament) no longer restrictive to small range of materials with limited physical characteristics, but rather include powdered metals which after used for printing the desired item are “baked” to exhibit their strength/hardness.
In principal the resources for this new manufacturing technology is quite abound in Africa. The continent owns massive amount of natural resources. Importantly the resources in Africa of waste that can be recycled and be introduced as raw material for such production methods are also found in abundance.
It is therefore that an opportunity exists to investigate and subsequently invest in a process that recycles and extracts premium raw materials to feed in to production by 3D printing machine of specialist high value products near the geographical location of the raw materials.
This value add processing would prove geologically, economically and socially sound.
Ultimately African countries would need to prioritize their industrial and manufacturing policies, so as to include substantial investments into industrial robotics and 3D manufacturing, as these technologies would prove imperative in that natural resources and recycled materials are beneficiated at the country of origin, imparting maximum economic value to its people and the country as a whole.
Viridis Africa, a clean Technology investment conference to be held on 15–16 October 2013 would be keen to host presenters seeking capital for 3D printing technology, especially in the field of waste management.
The event is dedicated to entrepreneurs and corporates who are seeking funding to introduce clean technology solutions and services.
Principals who would present their business opportunities at this event would have the audience of numerous local and foreign investors, stratified according to their interest and investment criteria.
The following are some of the other clean tech sub-sectors in which principals may consider their company, initiative being presented:
- Clean Energy Generation: Wind, solar, hydro, biofuels, geothermal, clean coal technologies
- Storage: Fuel cells, advanced batteries, hybrid systems
- Infrastructure: Management, transmission
- Efficiency: Building efficiency, smart grids, waste heat recovery
- Water & waste water: Water treatment, water conservation, waste water treatment, desalination
- Recycling & waste: Recycling, waste treatment, organic matter, plastics
Please note that the deadline for business proposal submission is 30 August 2013.
An executive business summary of your project/ company is required in order for the organizers to match your initiative/company business proposal with the appropriate theme and investors.
Importantly you need to indicate the funds you seek and the principal terms for investors participation.
Visit www.viridisafrica.com for more information.