Pirate3D, Inc will be providing 3D technologies and training programs to selected African institutions as part of its corporate social responsibility program (CSR) in partnership with Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard University, an internationally recognized authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide.
3D printing technologies is touted as the next industrial revolution by the Economist magazine, and a potential disruptive force to manufacturing, logistics and materials. With the ability to create objects on demand, the technologies will democratize innovations, foster creativity, and facilitate entrepreneurship for the masses.
President Obama, in the State of Union address, remarked that “3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.” The Administration has proposed a $1 billion investment to create a network of 15 manufacturing innovation institutes across the country. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee has also announced a S$500 million Future of Manufacturing budget for 3D printing and robotics.
“It is important for developing countries to recognize the disruptive effect of 3D printing technologies, and be prepared through awareness, education and training,” said Prof Calestous Juma, Director of the Science, Technology & Globalization Project in Harvard Kennedy School. “Youths should be given the opportunities to appreciate emerging technologies such as 3D technologies and apply their creativity to develop innovative products.”
“We are proud to partner Prof. Calestous Juma in this meaningful project,” said Prof. Neo Kok Beng, Chairman & Co-founder of Pirate3D and associate professor at the National University of Singapore. “We will provide the Buccaneer® 3D printers, and conduct training programs in 3D technologies appreciations, designs and apps development.”
“We believe in contributing to society. Our vision is to democratize innovation, foster creativity, and facilitate entrepreneurship in the local communities. We will extend this project to other developing countries if it is well received, and within our financial capabilities. We could achieve this with great impact for the society with the support and partnerships with the 3D community worldwide.
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About Prof. Calestous Juma
Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project. He directs the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and serves as Faculty Chair of Innovation for Economic Developmentexecutive program. Juma is a former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi. He is co-chair of the African Union’s High-Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation and a jury member of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He was Chancellor of the University of Guyana and has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and the African Academy of Sciences. He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and environment. Juma serves on the boards ofseveral international bodies andis editor of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and theInternational Journal of Biotechnology.His latest book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He is currently working on on books on engineering for development and resistance to new technologies.
Pirate3D is an innovative company focusing on the democratization of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship using 3D printing technologies. Their first 3D printer, the Buccaneer ®, is base on Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technique using PLA(polylatic acid) material. Aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically designed, the Buccaneer® appeals to the mass consumer for its great user experience and can be used by kids, youngs and the seniors. Using SmartObjects platform for 3D Apps, users would be able to create 3D objects of desire and intuitively using smartphones and webpads, without learning the traditional CAD software. They are also able to share and store their designs on the cloud-based Pirate Distribution Network. Pirate3D is a socially responsible company that contributes to society via its awareness, education and entrepreneurship programs.