Start-up '3D Power' turns bright ideas into products

Lethabo Motswaledi is a geomatic engineering graduate and the co-founder of 3D Power, a start-up she created with fellow UCT graduate Matthew Westaway.

3D Power is a product development start-up that uses 3D printing to translate innovative ideas into commercial products.

3D Power creates prototypes that can rapidly enter the market at pace, Motswaledi explains.

Whatever idea we come up with, if we think i's cool and are capable of doing it, we want to take it to market as quickly as we can.

Lethabo Motswaledi, co-founder of 3D Power

She was born in Cape Town, but grew up in Polokwane and as a young child, she had many grand ideas of how everything around her could be improved.

As a child, I was always interested in the idea of manipulating cities. I always had this grand idea about how to make cities better and more inclusive.

Lethabo Motswaledi, co-founder of 3D Power

Her interest in 3D printing first started off as a hobby which quickly turned into the development of products that could be commercialised.

Motswaledi explains that she had to overcome obstacles in her industry, which does not represent or recognise young black females enough.

She says 3D power is plugging into education and taking 3D technology to schools and through skills development.

Motswaledi described two of the products launched by 3D Power, The Hourglass Project and Hello Baby 3D Prints and the business models behind them.

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Start-up '3D Power' turns bright ideas into products


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Nkukhu-Box container stores bring flavour to eKasi with finest grilled chicken

Nkukhu-Box container stores bring flavour to eKasi with finest grilled chicken

The story of how Nkukhu-Box founder and CEO Itumeleng Mpatlanyana was inspired to create a proudly Mzansi fast-food franchise.

Affordable 3D printed prosthetic helps six-year old grab life with both hands

Affordable 3D printed prosthetic helps six-year old grab life with both hands

3D printing technology has given a new beginning to a little girl named Meagan who was born with a malformed hand.

Advertising specialist, Tebogo Motshwene, tapping into the black consumer market

Advertising specialist, Tebogo Motshwene, tapping into the black consumer market

Soweto-born advertising specialist challenges false assumptions made by marketing companies about black (and township) consumers.

Millennial trends maven Siya Beyile on building style empire, The Threaded Man

Millennial trends maven Siya Beyile on building style empire, The Threaded Man

Siyabonga Beyile (23) opens up about the birth of his online platform 'The Threaded Man' and how his network is going global.

The wonders of 3D printing explained

The wonders of 3D printing explained

Mark Vermeulen describes the value 3D printing is having in South Africa.

Popular articles
#Changemakers2018: I don't like talking about myself, but I need to - Ray Zondo

#Changemakers2018: I don't like talking about myself, but I need to - Ray Zondo

At the #Changemakers2018 conference, Deputy Chief Justice of SA Raymond Zondo spoke about the struggles he faced growing up.

The Polo GTI has got that vrrrpha mentality written all over it - Jacob Moshokoa

The Polo GTI has got that vrrrpha mentality written all over it - Jacob Moshokoa

Automotive Journalist, Jacob Moshokoa shares his views of the Polo GTI 2018, and chats about the vrrrpha mentality among young men

Yet another wet and cold weekend for Gauteng warns weather service

Yet another wet and cold weekend for Gauteng warns weather service

Gauteng residents are warned to brace themselves for another weekend of heavy rain, possible hail and damaging winds.

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

Calls for more women to come forward and testify at Timothy Omotoso's trial

Calls for more women to come forward and testify at Timothy Omotoso's trial

Thanduxolo Jindela explains why he is running a campaign to encourage more of Omotoso’s victims to come out and testify.

10-year-old maths whiz Sbahle Zwane gets a scholarship from Curro school

10-year-old maths whiz Sbahle Zwane gets a scholarship from Curro school

Azania Mosaka catches up with Sbahle Zwane's mother to hear about developments with his schooling.

Sanral considers new measures to 'aggressively' tackle Gauteng e-toll defaulters

Sanral considers new measures to 'aggressively' tackle Gauteng e-toll defaulters

Discussions between Sanral, and the Ministers of Finance and Transport have apparently reached an advanced stage.