3D4D Challenge: discover the finalists!
by Tatiana | October 15, 2012
Who will win 100.000 dollar for their 3D printed social project? Only five days to go til we can give you an answer to this question, but we didn’t want to wait to present you the 8 finalists!
All the finalists will get 1000 dollar and expert mentors to develop their projects, but ofcourse their can only be one winner: What project will win the big prize, namely 100.000 dollar? The jury got entries from all over the world and picked out 8 finalists. To give you a better view on the competition, we present you the projects.
BORIS COGAN- Israel/US
This finalist has got an easy to manufacture and assemble robotic greenhouse in mind. The project would enable local communities to produce vegetables and fruit very easy, even in the hardest conditions.
EDMUND BELL-KING and CORNELL JACKSON – United Kingdom
Ed and Cornell’s project involves the development of Solar lamps created from used plastic Coke bottles using 3D printed ‘bottle caps’ and attachments for the charger, battery and PCB components. These lights will replace expensive and dangerous kerosene ones to use in rural areas throughout India.
JF BRANDON- Canada
JF has developed a simple, 3D printed solar tracker that is more efficient, cheaper and easier to manufacture than existing models, which will provide sustainable solar electricity to local communities.
TOM FRIPP & STEVE ROBERTS- UK
Tom and Steve are working on an idea to use 3D printing technology to enable the developing world to rapidly manufacture soft tissue prosthesis, at minimal expense.
SUCHISMITA, JAYANT PAI & SIDHANT PAI – India
The Pai family’s project involves providing young entrepreneurs and students access to 3D printers using material recycled from disused plastic bottles, in order to encourage innovation.
ROY OMBATTI – Kenya
Roy’s idea is based on the need to prevent the problem of foot infections caused by The Jigger Fly, something that is rife in parts of East Africa. Specially designed 3D printed shoes could be produced from recycled plastic to be worn by individuals suffering from foot deformities in order to prevent further deterioration.
BRANDON BOWMAN, MATTHEW ROGGE, LUKE ISEMAN & BETHANU – US
Tinkher is a combination of two projects submitted to the final with very similar objectives. The project aims to develop an off-grid 3D printing system, which recycles plastic bags to produce tools for local farmers.
The final will be held live at this year’s 3D Printshow with the winning announcement and award presentation at the show’s VIP evening on Friday 19th of October.