Up Close and 3D: Algeria’s Advanced Manufacturing Future Goes to University
Two Algerian neurosurgeons created a customizable and adjustable cranial prosthesis using 3D printing – the first time this has been done in Algeria. The GE Garages lab at talent and start-up accelerator space Sylabs provided the equipment for the project, one of 48 prototypes developed there over the past two years.
Open to the Sylabs community and designed to help young developers, entrepreneurs, engineers, students, organizations and artists realize their projects, the GE Garages includes not only 3D printers but also laser cutters.
As well, more than 200 participants have been trained at the GE Garages on how to use these advanced manufacturing technologies as part of the digital transformation coming to manufacturing and the industrial sector more broadly.
The success of the GE Garages at the Sylabs space in Algiers has inspired GE and Sylabs to develop a GE Garages roadshow to showcase the power of these technologies by organizing a GE Garages roadshow that will take the technologies to a wider audience at universities around Algeria.
In addition to showcasing the power of these technologies to a new generation of young Algerians, the roadshow also will include workshops around innovation and coding.
“GE Garages at Sylabs has been a value-creation initiative, targeting young developers, entrepreneurs, engineers, students, organizations and artists,” said Tuffik Fredj, CEO of GE North West Africa. “We are very proud today to see the fruit of this partnership and to continue the adventure in other wilayas through this roadshow.”
The program will make its first stop at the M’Hamed Bougara University of Boumerdés.
Read more stories here about how GE supports innovation and advanced manufacturing in Algeria and across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan region.