Jul 20, 2016
3D printing can literally make this world a better and safer place. A new product in the making called Mine Kafon Drone, which launched this Tuesday on Kickstarter to raise €70,000, is a new device that lets you detect landmines and explosives and destroy them from a safe distance.
One step closer to a mine-free world
Is there any better way to make a difference than to save thousands of lives? Probably not. This is exactly how Massoud Hassani felt when he created the original Mine Kafon in 2011. This wind-powered device was designed to roll across minefields and ‘stomp’ landmines with its bamboo ‘feet.’ Started as an art object, it quickly gained interest in the media and evolved into a prominent tool to raise global awareness about the landmine clearing problem.
Now, the Mine Kafon project is growing even further. After years of continuing research and development, Massoud Hassani and his team of dedicated designers and engineers are bringing their tech expertise, creativity, and innovative thinking to wipe out landmines in the fastest and most efficient way possible.
Here's a video that explains more:
Local 3D printing
Massoud's environmentally-friendly device is made with low-cost materials utilizing the most efficient technology – 3D printing. He foresees a future where teams will travel to one of the 60 nations in the world that are affected by landmines that have been left behind after a conflict. They will take their Mine Kafon Lab, including Ultimaker printers, with them so they will be able to build and repair drones exactly where they're needed. That’s just one of the brilliant examples of how technology is used for the greater good.
Reimagining humanitarian demining
There are more than 100 million landmines worldwide, every day more than 10 innocent civilians are being killed or maimed by these explosives. More than 60 countries are still affected and more than a billion people are living at risk.
Minesweeping is a thorough, time-consuming process, but it’s crucial for human security. Here’s a quick overview of traditional clearing methods to give you a better understanding of what’s involved:
- Manual clearance, which relies on trained people using metal detectors to locate the mines and controlled explosions to eliminate the threat.
- Mine detection animals accompanied by specialists, trained to understand their behavior.
- Mechanical clearance, which involves using special machines like flails, rollers, bulldozers, etc.
With the Mine Kafon Drone, landmine detection and detonation is much safer and is promised to be up to 20 times faster and up to 200 times cheaper. How does it work? There are just three simple steps:
Select the territory you need to map and fly the drone over the whole field, covering all the dangerous areas with GPS waypoints.
Hovering as low as 4 cm over the ground, the Mine Kafon Drone will provide accurate information on the location of each and every mine, tagging them with GPS flags on the base station.
Using a smart, robotic gripper, the Mine Kafon Drone places small detonators on every mine to blow them up from a safe distance.
With Mine Kafon Drone we could save thousands of lives. Inhabitants will have access to agriculture, water resources, freedom to outdoor sports and education. A billion more people will have no fear of danger.
Thanks for reading, guys! We hope you are as excited about this project as we are. Make sure to check out the Mine Kafon Drone Kickstarter page to learn more and show your support.