This project has a three-fold aim:
- Develop a low-cost 3D printer that is affordable enough for individual households and low income economies.
- Make 3D printing more efficient by leveraging modern information techniques to create failure detection mechanisms that can enable the implementation of an automatic ‘pause, learn, restart and improve’ feature.
- Make 3D printing more accessible by creating a lightweight cloud printing system that could enable remote printing and monitoring of 3D products.
Success in this project can have a significant positive impact in under resourced economies as it will minimise waste, reduce reliance on costly distribution channels, and facilitate a much quicker way to propagate good solutions across different regions.