Conflict Minerals and the Supply Chain


Conflict minerals generally refer to tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, which have come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At Ardel we are always monitoring industry news and one issue weve been watching recently is about conflict mineral statements. In 2010 the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed to help bring about financial reforms in the wake of the Great Recession.

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SOLIDWORKS in Rwanda: Part One

The Solidworks Blog

Mark Neil, DS Americas General Council, grew up in DR Congo, on the border with Rwanda, and he and his family have a home in Kigali, Rwanda. For the past thirteen years, Dassault Sytemes has been helping to create a brighter future for the youth of Rwanda. What started with a visit by Rwanda’s president, H.E.

Designer Spotlight: Jady Swinkels – Swinks

Shapeways Blog

Congo Pinball Hippo (Schleich 14681) Mount by Swinks. This week, we’re celebrating the many ways that Shapeways lets us geek out this holiday season , whether it’s by creating (and gifting) D&D game pieces or developing arcade game mods. Jady Swinkels’ shop Swinks is a perfect example of how a designer is using 3D printing in innovative ways to do just that — creating accessories and modifications for pinball machines.

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Sued & Sacked: Has The 3D Printing IP Storm Begun?


Whether a marketing professional of a five billion dollar corporation or a student learning computer aided design, whether a hobbyist open source desktop 3D printer owner or an entrepreneur seeking growth for their closed source 3D printables marketplace, in the US or Russia, Rwanda or Congo, there is a chance to reach an early common understanding that no matter what the interest of the company or individual in 3D printing, piracy is wrong.

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Crowd4Africa raising €23K to bring 3D printers and 3D printed prostheses to African hospitals


Crowd4Africa, a charitable organization based in Rome, Italy, is looking to raise €22,900 ($25,800) to provide 3D printing “mini factories” for two hospitals in Africa, one in Uganda and one in Congo. The mini factories will include equipment for turning plastic waste into 3D printing filament. 3D Printing Applications