The introduction of 3D printing technology to a Gambian training institute brings new opportunities and hope for students, teachers, and the country. Gambia’s only 3D printing company, Make3D, offers a unique internship opportunity for aspiring engineers like Sering, who began learning about 3D printing by watching YouTube videos. A native of Gambia’s Serrekunda village, the ambitious student is now pursuing a degree in electronics and electrical engineering at the University of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (USET) in Kanifing, and aspires to improve the country’s power systems.
Sering believes that 3D printing technology can revolutionize his community and country by reducing dependence on imported machine parts. With his experience creating items such as circuit boards and electrical-cord holders, Sering looks forward to applying this technology in his field.
3D printing is also a significant opportunity for educators like David Jaw, a production engineering lecturer at USET. David was among the 11 trainees trained in 3D printing through the Youth Empowerment through TVET in The Gambia project.
Supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), USET’s innovation lab is now equipped with 23 3D printers, 11 plotters, and 125 all-in-one computers, where USET management, teachers, and students are now committed to maximizing the benefits of 3D printers.