PrintSHOP is a network of small, low-cost, distributed manufacturing centers for local entrepreneurs as a means of creating new markets and creating employment.

Problem: Lack of employment

According to data from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in sub-Saharan Africa, the youth unemployment rate hovers around 12 percent. While this is slightly lower than the global youth unemployment rate of 12.4 percent, the African region has the world’s highest rate of working poverty — people who are employed but earning less than US$2 a day.

Problem: Lack of product specialization

  • Existing local products are not solving local problems
  • No opportunities for customization or response to local conditions
  • No feedback loop in product development


Low - Cost 3D Printer

PrintSHOP leverages the power of low-cost 3d printers to create a catalog of designs or a customized design

Material Stock from Waste Plastic

Filament comes from recycled HDPE bottle caps

Crowd Sourced Design

PrintSHOP uses the power of crowd-sourced design and engineering by linking university students and DIYers around the world with the needs of entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Currently working with students from Indiana University's Comprehensive Design Program

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PrintSHOP is run by local entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs respond to local needs, creating employment opportunities, solving local problems, creating new markets for goods


    1. Creates Jobs
    2. Local, customizable solutions
    3. Small, nimble and low-risk
    4. Fills a specific niche for products
    5. Closed manufacturing ecosystem
    6. Flexible

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