The Dean of Applied Research, Milwaukee School of Engineering in America Mr. Sheku Kamara on Tuesday 18th May 2021 introduced 3D printing technology to staff and students of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology at the Great Hall of the Goderich Campus in Freetown on the topic: ‘Introduction to 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing. ’Mr. Sheku Kamara also donated a 3D printer to the college worth thousands of dollars.The presentation is part of the Solade Adams Public Lecture Series. In his PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Sheku Kamara observed that Sierra Leone does not connect universities and industries and disclosed that 3D printing technology is 30 years old. Mr. Sheku Kamara further stated that 3D printing technology builds water molecules and prototypes, develops new applications and access to new technologies that cut across all sectors adding that it is a manufacturing method of joining objects, materials and layers and that it allows functional and material complexity, CT scan of human skulls, facial expression, construction of vehicles, that the technology saves time and can be used in the jewelry industry and even by anthropologist reiterating that the innovation is an opportunity for the college. He continued that 3D printing is also used to produce footwears, food, cellphones, implants for knee, hip and joint bones, CD and MIR scans, customized hearing aids and many other applications, affirmed that the technology would help Sierra Leone and the sub-region and that it would not only work for the country but leverage for Africa.
Responding, the principal of the college, Dr. Philip John Kanu said the college is grateful to Mr. Sheku Kamara for the donation and public lecture, that the college and Sierra Leone can embrace the technology if all are determined. The principal also articulated that the college is the second to have a 3D printer in Sierra Leone and commended Mr. Kamara for making a lot of efforts to bring the technology home assuring that Sierra Leone would catch-up with the developed world as the country has the raw materials like iron ore, bauxite, gold and diamond and pledged to convey the information to the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education reiterating that the Minister is passionate about the technology and would ensure that Sierra Leone benefits from it. Dr. Kanu continued that when the college is finally transformed to a Technical University, graduates would create jobs for themselves underlined that science is the way forward.
Earlier, welcoming all at the ceremony, the Vice Principal and Director of Studies Dr. Mohamed Alie Jalloh reiterated that 3D Printing is very close to the heart of the principal who is poised to transform the institution to a Technical University adding that the initiative fits into their dream of transforming the college to a Technical University for which they are excited. The college’s Registrar, Mr. Sherifu Bangura, who chaired the event, underscored that the initiative is a novelty and of interest to all. The vote of thanks was rendered by the Students’ Union President, Mr. Philip Koroma while the question and answer session and donation of the 3D printer climaxed the well-attended event.