Why ‘Kuunda’?

If you don’t speak Swahili, you may be wondering why we are called ‘Kuunda 3D’. Well, ‘kuunda‘ roughly translates into ‘to make or assemble from pieces’ or just ‘to make or create’. And that’s what we are all about – empowering others to make, create and assemble new and useful items to solve problems. kuunda = to assemble, put together or make We assembled our own printers here in Dar, and now we are helping to assemble all sorts of cool objects from a roll of plastic filament. And, more importantly, we are assembling the next generation of entrepreneurs and problem solvers 🙂

Our first week in Tanzania

Well, it’s been a whirlwind adventure this last week. From Amsterdam to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania we’ve transported 2 DIY printers, 15 kg of plastic filament and numerous tools and gadgets in our luggage, maxing out the weight allowed for checked baggage. Remarkably, it all arrived undamaged, although the boxes were a little beat up after having been thrown on and off three planes. We navigated the visa and customs process, sweating in the hot un-airconditioned airport for an hour to get the printers cleared and the VAT paid. And after over 24 hours of travel, Beth got to check out the new office space in Mikocheni. The first week has been all about getting the office set up and the printers built. Building the printers has proven slightly harder than expected – there is no A/C in the office yet and in 35C the metal pieces have expanded slightly so[…]

Kuunda 3D partners with Tinkerine to get 3D printers in schools

We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Canada’s best 3D printer manufacturer, Tinkerine. Not only does Tinkerine make fantastic printers (which you can buy from us), they also have a strong focus on Education and are working hard to get 3D printers into schools – so all children have a chance to learn what this great tool can do. We also have that same aspiration here in Tanzania, so we are very happy to collaborate with the Tinkerine team. They’ve built Tinkerine U, a platform for 3D printing tutorials, lesson plans and some amazing weekend projects. Our favourite is the Hover Ring – an actual working hovercraft built from 3D printed parts and a few other electronic components! Want to build this hovercraft, or another of Tinkerine U’s weekend projects, but don’t have a 3D printer? We can help you! Contact us for help with printing the pieces and even sourcing the electronic components. We are[…]

Kuunda 3D wins funding from the Impact Hub

As a young business, it’s a great feeling when others get behind you and support your work. And it’s even better when they provide financial support! After being a member of the Impact Hub in Amsterdam for the past two years, and participating in the Business Model Challenge this year, I was thrilled to find out that they had selected Kuunda 3D to receive funding from the Impactmakers Fund! The Impactmakers Fund was founded to encourage entrepreneurs like me to start, grow, and scale their businesses. They saw Kuunda 3D as an idea that will have a positive impact on society, and I couldn’t be happier to have their backing. The extra funds will allow me to provide even more educational courses and resources for my customers, and will mean that I can work even more closely with the people of Tanzania to tailor my work to their specific needs.[…]