Universities Team up to Bring Solar Powered 3D Printing to Colombia

3D printing has been agreed upon by many to be an effective way for people in developing countries and areas to produce their own goods and start businesses. However, many…

Sandia’s 3D Printed Solar Power Receivers Up To 20% More Effective Than Current Technology

The power of the sun, better known as solar energy, can be collected and harnessed with solar cells, and used to power 3D printers, modes of transportation, load-bearing carts, long-running motors, and…

3D Printed, Solar-Powered Cart Could Help Ease Water Troubles in Developing Countries

How far do you have to go to get water? If you simply have to walk into the bathroom or kitchen, you’re one of the luckiest people in the world….

Simusolar and Sculpteo Use 3D Printing to Bring Solar Energy to Tanzania

Between three countries – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania – is Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. On its shores, the people of Tanzania depend on the fish that come…

AFRL Researchers Inspired by Newsprint Use 3D Printing and Perovskites to Fabricate Cost-Efficient Solar Cells

A friend told me once that it was possible to make an inexpensive, working solar oven just by painting a big cardboard box black and lining the inside with tinfoil,…

US Solar Cell 3D Printer Usage

On May 25th 2017, the U.S notified the WTO and its 164 countries that it may place safeguard tariffs on imported solar cells. From 2012 the U.S. produced market share…

ESA 3D Prints Sturdy Bricks from Sunlight and Moon Dust

In the future, we will live in houses made from sunlight and moon dust. Sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? It could be reality for some…

Kuunda 3D Travels Tanzania with an Ultimaker 2 Go 3D Printer, Teaching Rural Villagers and Testing Solar 3D Printing

We’re used to hearing about amazing technology coming out of developed countries with plenty of resources. There’s no shortage in the United States, for example, of the research facilities, materials,…

Could Portability Bring New Power to 3D Printing?

I’m back from CES 2017, and my head is full of ideas. I’ll do a more formal wrap, but I thought I’d start with a few observations, and potentially, an…

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