Made-in-the-Field, Since 2012
In the aftermath of disaster, those living in ravaged communities struggle to stay alive and maintain human dignity. Efforts to deliver the right support to the right individual at the right time frequently meet with an array of natural and manmade obstacles. Political and societal blocks such as religious beliefs and widespread corruption further perpetuate the cycle of human suffering. Field Ready – a non-governmental, non-profit organization – was founded to meet urgent humanitarian needs by providing on-the-spot products such as medical supplies, search and rescue tools, and devices to secure clean water. Additionally, Field Ready delivers the education and training necessary to help affected populations identify specific needs and create the products required for disaster recovery. The self-sufficiency generated by the transfer of knowledge from Field Ready team members to local leaders enhances the recovery phase by empowering survivors, accelerating the recovery process, and significantly boosting resilience.
The use of additive manufacturing – a 3-D printing process that enables the hyper-local creation of complete, solid objects – results in feasible, functional products in a fraction of traditional delivery time. Incorporating the principles of relevancy, efficacy and ease of production, Field Ready’s unique approach of combining cutting-edge technology and traditional methods of production creates innovative and immediately applicable designs.
Field Ready, a non-governmental, non-profit organization, was founded by multi-national
professionals specializing in humanitarian relief, technical services, design, and engineering. The organization's action-oriented philosophy has focused on getting people what they need when they need it, finding innovative solutions to humanitarian crises, and striving to restore dignity, hope, and quality of life.
Team: Eric James, Ph.D in International Development, Fellow of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (director); Dara Dotz, pioneer in 3-D printing in austere environments (design); Laura James, Ph.D in engineering, development director for the Innovation Labs, University of Cambridge (engineering); Andrew Lamb, former CEO of Engineers Without Borders and a contributor to various media outlets (innovation); Mark Mellors, MEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge, experienced in rapid manufacturing and operating of maker spaces (manufacturing); Abi Bush, MEng in Manufacturing Engineering, University of Cambridge (Nepal program); Barbara Myers (communications); John Cindric (logistics & operations); Jason Mirandilla (adminstration & finance).