Meet Kodjo Afate Gnikou from Togo, West Africa has imagination, talent and ambition. Using rails and belts from old scanners, the case of a discarded desktop computer and even bits of a diskette drive, he has created what is believed to be the first 3D printer made from e-waste. It has taken him several months to put together his experimental device.3d-printer-e-waste-Inventor-and-printerKodjo Afate Gnikou

He built the 3D printer W.AFATE (“W” for WoeLab, the first hackerpace in west Africa, and Afate from his name). It’s the first 3D printer built from e-waste, and even NASA is impressed: Kodjo Afate Gnikou has been rewarded with the NASA International Space Apps Challenge in Paris.

He says: “My dream is to give young people hope and to show that Africa, too, has its place on the global market when it comes to technology….”

Great work Kodjo!