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Mr. KC: Breakthrough Innovator in Nepal

According to WHO, roughly three billion people cook and heat their homes using solid fuels (such as wood, charcoal, coal and dung) in open fires and leaky stoves. Most are poor and live in low- and middle-income countries." Nepal is a particularly vulnerable due to the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake that ravaged much of the country, severe flooding and a history of conflict. Field Ready began working in Nepal after the earthquake, developing programs to address needs in health and WASH, whilst innovating new solutions to save lives and reduce suffering." Mr. KC has been working to develop cleaner cook stoves and had spent nearly ten years working on different designs. But he was unable to

Cook Stove Site Visit Reveals Improved Environmental and Health Outcomes

Field Ready recently conducted a site visit in Kathmandu Valley to document the impact of improvements made to cook stoves in the area that grew out of collaboration with local innovator Madhukar KC. His improved cook stove design, a decade in the making, resulted in a better burner to get more oxygen to the wood so that it burns more efficiently. Demonstrating one of the more powerful ways in which an off the shelf FDM 3D printer can be used, the work of Field Ready during the past year enabled metal casting of his original wooden pattern – ready for installation. The site visit revealed several positive effects of the improved cook stoves, including decreased utilization of wood resources

Field Ready uses 3D printing for metal casting

Field Ready has been working closely with local innovator Madhukar KC on his improved cookstove design. It has been a great way to demonstrate one of the more powerful ways in which an off the shelf FDM 3D printer can be used: as a tool for metal casting. Madhukar KC has spent ten years iterating his design, and he has focused his attention specifically on designing a better burner to get more oxygen to the wood so it burns more efficiently. For years, he has made his designs out of wood using the tools he had available. He then hands this wooden pattern to a sand casting manufacturer, who uses it to create a sand mould into which molten iron can be poured. The result is a metal casting of h