The UW WOOF (Washington Open Object Fabricators) team has won the 3D4D Challenge 2012. The announcement was revealed on Oct.19 during the VIP event at the 3D Printshow in London. The UW WOOF team was awarded a prize of $100,000 to develop and deliver their project.
WOOF's project "will enable waste plastic to be used as filament for 3D printing machines, to create new products. The winning team, Bethany Weeks, Matthew Rogge and Brandon Bowman, plan to work with US based NGO, Water for Humans (WFH), to address local issues in water and sanitation in Oaxaca, Mexico."
"We are delighted to have won the 3D4D Challenge," said Bethany Weeks, from WOOF. "Our idea is about improving the lives of people in developing nations for the long term, by providing access to vital facilities that others may take for granted, using sustainable processes. The money that we've received will help make this dream a reality."
The decision was based on the level of innovation demonstrated by each project and the proposed use of 3D printing technology to improve the incomes and livelihoods of people in developing countries.
UK based Fripp Design and Research's 3D printed soft tissue prostheses project that uses 3D printing technology to enable the developing world to rapidly manufacture soft tissue prosthesis received the award for second place. JF Brandon's efficient EN3D solar tracker device which will provide sustainable solar electricity to local communities came in third.
Congratulations to WOOF team and all finalists!
Thanks Ganter for the tip.
Photos credit / Source: 3D4D Challenge
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