MIND BLOWING STRATEGIES THAT WILL AMAZE YOU!!!

  MIND BLOWING STRATEGIES THAT WILL AMAZE YOU!!! Maximilian D Mkenda, 30 August 2021. It’s hard to be amazed by a prototype. But when you believe and put effort and time into creating one, then you know how close you are to the final product. Sometimes your prototype may look completely boring and mundane at first glance but if you take a closer look, it can reveal mind blowing details. Real dedication in designing your prototype means going past hard mode and thinking way outside the box. Guess what!? When designing a prototype avoid costly mistakes such as becoming too complex too early and sticking with a weak idea for too long. Madam Julia has enlightened us in several ways…

Trash-2-Treasure

Thoughtful waste management in makerspaces Waste is an often inevitable by-product of design. The design process taught in the studio encourages student engineers to try out many ideas, iteratively refine existing solutions over time and make many mistakes. These activities lead to the creation of waste in multiple forms – software files, printed paper, soldered boards, 3D printed models, wood, metal and acrylic offcuts – all of which could be destined for the trashcan. The DIT Design Studio has been working to ensure mindful reduction, reuse and recycling of waste created in our space. This blog post will detail some of the ways we have done this. Waste 3D filament Reduce The design studio operates on a finite amount of...

BUBBLE CPAP MACHINE (v.2)

Introduction Acute respiratory infections are the leading cause of global child mortality. 20–38% of deaths in the first 48 hours of life are attributed to respiratory failure. Moreover, complications associated with premature birth, often related to breathing problems, are responsible for an additional 30% of neonatal mortality. In the developed world, babies with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) receive mechanical ventilator support, but these lifesaving technologies are too expensive and resource-intensive for most of the developing world. As a result, RDS remains one of the most common causes of neonatal deaths in the developing world. There is an important need for new, cost-effective technologies to treat infants and small children with respiratory distress. The need is particularly acute on the African...

Bubble CPAP Machine v2.0

The author cutting some wood for his prototype Introduction Acute respiratory infections are the leading cause of global child mortality. 20–38% of deaths in the first 48 hours of life are attributed to respiratory failure. Moreover, complications associated with premature birth, often related to breathing problems, are responsible for an additional 30% of neonatal mortality. In the developed world, bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a gentle and effective tool to manage babies in respiratory distress. Hospitals use tubing, wall air, and oxygen to set up bubble CPAP at the bedside. Pressure is safely and simply regulated by submerging the end of the tubing in a bottle of water. The depth of the tube in the water determines the...

CLASSES- Electronic Design Workshop

Mr. Urassa at his desk Hello, I’m Philimon S. Urassa. I am a Telecommunications and Electronics engineer working at the Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology as a tutorial assistant where I teach a basic electronics and electronics design workshop to Ordinary Diploma students. In the Design Studio, my students got the opportunity to design and implement simple electronics projects that help to solve real life problems and challenges. Through the availability of tools and machinery in the Design Studio, my students are able to come up with simple design and good looking products that can be applied in society for the sake of coming up with a solution. During the design learning process students were exposed to multiple rapid...

Design Competition Finalists

Here are the finalists! Our inaugural Design Competition features six (6) projects that were built in the Design Studio. Check out our finalists below and join us for the competition on the 25th of May 2021. These six finalists will be competing for the title of the top project in the Design Studio and over TZS 1 million in prize money.

MAKING THE MOST OF IT

Sandra (LEFT) and DIT Design Studio Admin Assistant Aziza (LEFT) My name is Sandra Sommi, I am a third year student studying a Bachelor of Computer Engineering at the Dar es salaam Institute of Technology. My team and I were assigned the task of designing an automatic unmanned robotic system by our instructor, Dr. Simbeye as part of our course - Robotics and Intelligent Systems.  The primary motive behind this project is to design and fabricate an automatic robotic system that will operate automatically without any human intervention. The original idea was to implement an automatic robotic arm that will perform pick and place functionality. But later as a group we came up with the idea that the robotic system...

DEVELOPMENT OF AN AUTONOMOUS MILK VENDING MACHINE

Q: Tell us about yourself. Who are you and what is your background? A: I am Jamal Akida (25), a Muslim graduate of the Dar-Es-Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT). I studied Computer Engineering and graduated in the year of study 2019/2020.I have extremely high attention to detail and love the challenges involved in technology (especially computerized systems) no matter how big or small – I also enjoy working as part of a team. Over the past four years, I have attended Industrial Practical Training (Field student) at different organizations where I used my knowledge to be a part in the design and implement software, hardware systems, and network configurations at the Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) and TONTAN Technologies. Currently,...

Expansion 3DP – A STUDENT BUILT 3D PRINTER

^Our team and the completed Expansion 3D We are a group of 5 final year Bachelors students in the department of Computer Studies. We are genuinely interested in everything that deals or works with computers, ranging from networking, electronics and software development. During the first semester of the academic year 2020-2021 around mid-December, we decided to build a 3D printer as part of our coursework assessment for a core module named Robotics and intelligent systems. Having no prior experience in building a 3D printer nor a significant knowledge of its operation, we first had to understand how CNC (Computer Numerical Control) laser or plasma cutter worked as a means of building a fundamental background that could ease the understanding and...

Using 3D printing to help in the fight against COVID-19 in Tanzania

‘Changamoto huleta Maarifa’ a Swahili proverb meaning ‘Neccesity is the mother of all inventions’.Perhaps the above quoted proverb is more relevant now than ever before in human history, as the world grapples with the appalling effects of the Novel Corona virus invasion. Apparently, the African continent is no exception in this, see updates: https://africacdc.org/covid-19/.  Even though infection rates may seem trivial for a continent of 1.2 Billion people and a country of approximately 56 million people, truth is- you can never underestimate the aggressive nature of a deadly contagion such as COVID-19. Undeniably, the COVID onslaught has been the biggest test to development practioners and actors across many continents.  In Tanzania, it offers yet again a realization that we probably need to…