FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATION

FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATION By: Arslan Dogar The activities of last week were mainly to complete the final project. We had been assigned to complete the bubble CPAP machine before Wednesday. The time was limited and the work that had to be completed before the deadline was huge. So it was evident that we had to work a lot in order to complete. We had to work day and night, and sometimes leaving the design studio at 1:00 Am. but the hard-work and dedication didn’t go in vein, as the target of completing the project before the deadline had been attained to a large extent.  Working on Final Project We left for Muhumbili National Hospital on morning of Wednesday so as…

COMPLETING INFRARED THERMOMETER PROJECT

COMPLETING INFRARED THERMOMETER PROJECT By: Arslan Dogar Infrared thermometer was the most challenging project assigned during the Industrial Practical Training period, it required us to code the Arduino program, testing the code by building actual circuit, soldering the circuit and diagnosis, 3d printing the housing design and finally fitting the circuit into the housing and testing. Initial Testing of the Circuit Some of these procedures proved to be very challenging and caused a lot of delay to the completion of the project, extending the time span to approximately 3 weeks. The main challenge that we faced during the project was the soldering and diagnosis of the soldered circuit, initially the delay had been caused by female headers not being available….

REVISIT TO MUHUMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL

REVISIT TO MUHUMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL By: Arslan Dogar The first visit to Muhimbili National Hospital was amied at needs findings for the hospital which resulted in alot of projects that we could work on. These projects included; the bubble CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, wall sanction machine, the length board, automatic chest compressor and others. The project that we were assigned to complete was the Bubble CPAP machine for pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at the hospital. There was an urgent need for the bubble CPAP machine in this unit of the hospital as it didn’t even operate a single CPAP machine. Basically Bubble CPAP is a non-invasive ventilation strategy for newborns with infant respiratory distress syndrome (IRDS). It…

DESIGN STUDIO ACTIVITIES DURING INDUSTRIAL PRACTICAL TRAINING

DESIGN STUDIO ACTIVITIES DURING INDUSTRIAL PRACTICAL TRAINING Dogar, Arslan A. September 28th 2020  The Industrial Practical Training (IPT) began with orientation of the Design Studio at Dar-es Salaam Institute of Technology. It began with a fun and creative activity of building a tower out of pieces of wires which was aimed at estimating the skill and creativity level. This activity was followed by a brief introduction of the activities that will be carried out during the entire IPT period which include laser cutting, 3D printing, Arduino programming, diagnosis of various equipment, visits to various health institutions and other possible tasks.  The following day, an introduction to laser cutting was conducted which included the safest and most reliable procedure to operate…

Research and needs finding

       Yah! It’s another busy week where we have been visiting different hospitals in Dar es Salaam to find different needs relating to the problems they are facing. We started by visiting Muhimbili National Hospital and the next day we went to CCBRT under the supervision of Madam Julia.                      AT MUHIMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL     We started at the Pediatric Department where we first walked around the Department to find out the problems it is facing. Then we went to the Pediatric ICU under the supervision of the Doctor in charge. The Doctor explained to us about the ICU, components used in the ICU and the challenges they face.   Among the problems the doctor explained are: -Suction machine: the current…

THE ROBOT CHALLENGE

  Bwere, Daniel E. The week started with a hectic challenge of designing sumo robots to contest in the sumo robot challenge. The sumo robot had to be a three-wheeler: a single all-round wheel and two servo-driven wheels.  A lot had to be done which would help practise the skills gained on 3D printing, laser cutting and Arduino. My idea was to play both defense and offense. In offense, the robot would have a kicker, and in defense, the robot would be able to run if an opponent would come closer to a defined no-man’s land.   I began by designing the inner flat chassis on which the components were to be fixed. This wasn’t difficult since it was just…

Iterations: High-level Prototyping

Iterations: High-level Prototyping Bwere, Daniel E. Definitions: A client is an individual with a challenge, whom we are trying to design a solution for.   Introduction Iteration is the repetitive process of performing an activity with a desired outcome in mind. In the Human-Centred Design, iterations are done in the implementation stage when prototypes of the final product are developed from low-level unfurnished to high-level furnished prototypes.   How does the process come about?  Since the HCD approach is being considered, then a product is designed to be feasibly accommodating to the client[1] in quo. How can this be achieved? Initially,  all insights on the design were gathered from interviews. Now, a low-level prototype is built following those insights. This…

Prototyping

Prototyping Bwere, Daniel E. A prototype is a draft version of a product that allows you to explore your ideas and show the intention behind a feature or the overall design concept to users before investing time and money into development.[1] Prototyping is the fourth phase in the design cycle that lets the design team develop quick practical concepts about their brainstormed ideas for testing before resources can be spent in developing the final product. “They slow us down to speed us up. By taking the time to prototype  our ideas, we avoid costly mistakes such as becoming too complex too early and sticking with a weak idea for too long.” — Tim Brown, CEO & President of IDEO Types…

Coding and challenges

“It takes two flints to make a fire”, this saying defines the mood of this week. It all started with the Arduino basics, which to somewhere new concepts. We were given a brief introduction to Arduino (Arduino Uno to be specific), its pins (analog and digital pins), how it works, the power pins and the power that Arduino accepts. We also learnt about  how it can communicate with the computer. We were given a brief on how to write codes in Arduino in order for it to communicate with the computer. “Comments, comments. I need to see some comments” this is what our Supervisor (design studio manager) encourages us to do when writing the codes. She says comments are important…

Getting familiar. Time to learn new things

GETTING FAMILIAR… This week was a little bit challenging because most of us were not familiar with the learning environment. Most of us came with our own expectations but upon arrival, it was so cool and fascinating at the same time, to meet new people with almost similar and different expectations from me. Getting to know new people and their ideas is the most amazing thing about this first week. Upon arrival we were told that it was possible to turn our ideas into reality, this motivated me into wanting to learn more. In the process we started working with the CAD program (Fusion 360), laser cutting machine and 3D printer. When we were introduced it was a bit of…