The Digital Blacksmiths Network is harnessing the power of digital fabrication,
changing the future of manufacturing in the developing world.
Digital Blacksmiths are engineers and entrepreneurs using digital tools to manufacture products. A Digital Blacksmiths workshop is the social business that takes products to market. Like the Blacksmiths shop of the previous century, this is a space we envision community members coming with a wide range of ideas and needs.
We’ve launched the BETA Digital Blacksmiths Network, a collective of maker entrepreneurs using 3D printing to build social businesses with startups operating in Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania.
We’ve designed and released the Retr3D, the world’s only fully open source 3D printer built in Africa, constructed from e-waste, 3D printed components and parts easily available in developing countries.
We’ve created a process for manufacturing 3D printer filament from locally sourced waste plastic, using our low cost, open source 'Thunderhead' extruder, designed by TechforTrade.
We’re producing a 3D printed microscope, designed by the University of Cambridge, targeting schools and medical labs, which is currently being trialled with partners in Tanzania and Kenya.