Field Ready meets humanitarian and reconstruction aid by transforming logistics through technology, design and engaging people in new ways. We make useful items where they are needed to solve problems locally. We pass on these skills to others through training and capacity-building. We are pioneering innovative approaches to the toughest challenges regardless of the sector. The impact of this is dramatically improved efficiency making aid faster, cheaper and better.
Digital Manufacturing / 3D printing
Field Ready is exploring how digital manufacturing technology and local manufacturing capacity can shorten supply chains in the delivery of humanitarian aid and put innovation and production into the hands of communities. Since commencing their residency at the Innovation Lab, they collaborate with local partners on the design and repair of medical supplies, custom parts for radio systems, scale models for education in earthquake-resilient construction techniques, and fittings for water distribution systems in crisis-affected communities. Field ready has also been developing a social plastics project, that involves recycling waste plastic to produce low cost usable materials such as thermal insulation and high strength bricks that have proven vital in supporting the most vulnerable group.
Search and Rescue
Field Ready have also researched, prototyped and tested Heavy lift airbags that operate via compressed gas cylinder and have the capacity to lift almost 4.5 tons. These bags are being developed in house at the Nepal Innovation Lab form materials sourced within the country dramatically reducing the cost compared to them being sourced from outside the country. One specific need being addressed is the challenge of expensive and hard to obtain search and rescue equipment. To lift heavy debris of collapsed buildings, lift rocks in case of a landslide etc, specialist equipment is needed. Lifting airbags are available to well-supplied search and rescue teams worldwide but these are prohibitively expensive. Field Ready has created a means to make these locally in a way that meets international standards at a 90% reduction in cost – an incredible amount to save lives. This product was first used in Syria to rescue civilians in March 2017 and eight lives were saved in the first six months. Currently there are 52 kits being produced in Nepal and will be sent to 11 districts by September 2018.