3D printing: developing countries perspectives

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Foundation of Computer Science
For the past decade, 3D printing (3DP) has become popular due to availability of low-cost 3D printers such as RepRap and Fab@Home; and better software, which offers a broad range of manufacturing platform that enables users to create customizable products. 3DP offers everybody with the power to convert a digital design into a three dimensional physical object. While the application of 3DP in developing countries is still at an early stage, the technology application promises vast solutions to existing problems. This paper presents a critical review of the current state of art of 3DP with a particular focus on developing countries. Moreover, it discusses the challenges, opportunities and future insights of 3DP in developing countries. This paper will serve as a basis for discussion and further research on this area.
Abstract. Full-text article available at: https://doi.org/10.5120/18249-9329
Developing countries, 3D Printing, Reprap, Manufacturing platform, Digital design, Three dimensional, Physical object
Ishengoma, F. R., & Mtaho, A. B. (2014). 3D printing: developing countries perspectives. International Journal of Computer Applications, 104(11), 30-34.