Rapid manufacturing for quick onset disasters
Organisation: Field Ready
Partners: TiKay Haiti, Haiti Communitere
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Type of grant: Core – recognition
Field Ready aims to transform humanitarian logistics by applying new, smaller and faster manufacturing approaches using 3D printers and other techniques. Project testing in Haiti should allow Field Ready to demonstrate the potential impact of 3D printing in humanitarian settings and encourage its application within wider supply chain management.
What humanitarian need is being addressed?
Lack of supplies and long logistical chains in rapid onset disasters continues to be a significant challenge for humanitarian responders. This project will provide additive manufacturing (3D printing) in the ‘field’ where rapid, low cost supplies are needed most.
How does the innovation build on and improve existing humanitarian practice?
Once fully operational, Field Ready will enable the humanitarian sector to radically transform the way logistics is carried out. In doing so, our approach has three potential impacts:
- Cutting procurement costs as much as 50%. All elements of the logistical chain can be reduced or eliminated (and logistics impact all aspects of a humanitarian response). Production can be based on actual demand, thus reducing waste.
- By limiting transport to a single trip, time, costs and risk are dramatically reduced.
- Significantly improving efficiency in aid delivery making it possible to manufacture quickly virtually anything that is needed in remote and low resource areas on-demand.
What materials or research outputs are likely to be produced?’
This project is being done simultaneously with the ‘A field trial of 3D Printing to assess its potential for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian response’ HIF-funded project by Griffith University. The results of these projects will be disseminated not only through the Humanitarian Innovation Fund as well as an academic journal, but also to the practitioner community via the Humanitarian Logistics Association which is the global community of practice for humanitarian logisticians.