Rapid manufacturing for quick onset disasters

Organisation: Field Ready

Partners: TiKay Haiti, Haiti Communitere

Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Type of grant: Core – recognition

Status: Completed

  • 3D printing box

  • Umbilical Cord Clamps - L-R: original design and three designs printed and used in Haiti

  • Training of Volunteers at Haiti Communitere

  • Nebulizer connector finished and unfinished surface

  • Just printed - clamp on printer bed

  • Full prints ready for delivery

  • Field Ready Oxygen tube

  • Field Ready 3D printers

  • Dara Dotz adjusts MakerBot print bed in PortAuPrince

  • Close up of just-printed clamp before removal of support and excess plastic

  • Assessing TB patient home care needs 02 tube connectors in PortAuPrince

  • Mark demonstrates the usefulness of a 3D printer in the field while making a new water pipe connector


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:

  1. 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.
  2. By limiting transport to a single trip, time, costs and risk are dramatically reduced.
  3. 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.

Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).

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