Dr Mazher Mohammed, research fellow at Deakin’s School of Engineering, heads up the team developing the 3D printer prototype.
“This kind of 3D technology can be used to rapidly replace broken plastic seals, pipes and other devices essential for water supply or sanitation. This is critical as many disaster zones and developing areas do not have reliable access to power,” Dr Mohammed said.
“The important part of this project is its sustainability. Not only will the printer be able to use plastic rubbish found nearby, but it will also run off a solar powered battery.”
“This technology really lends itself to developing countries, where plastic waste has exceeded the capacity of governments to manage it,” Mr Rankin said. He’s the plan Australia’s Manager for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
“If we can prove the concept and get the technology working well, it can be used across a raft of different fields, not just water and sanitation. Really, you’re only limited by your imagination about what you can print. The potential for this is amazing.” 🙂