Advantages of prototyping in the design cycle

Advantages of prototyping in the design cycle A prototype is the working model of the product or solution that is created before manufacturing the actual product. Prototyping is not only used in Engineering but also in marketing, education and the military. Prototyping is one of the essential processes during the design cycle. The diagram below shows the design process including the prototyping part. Figure 1. Engineering Design cycle The following are the advantages of prototyping in the design cycle:   Prototyping gives an idea of the final product. It is difficult to visualize the look of the final product in the early stages of designing but when there is a prototype, we can get a basic look of the product…

SELCOM TEAM WORK

SELCOM TEAM WORK My whole time in the DIT Design Studio, I have never thought that I could be a part of any design crew. I was only thinking about school, lectures and theories from our teachers and finding a job after I graduate. On the other hand we were not given a chance to understand what engineering really is. After joining the Lemelson Foundation as an intern I realized that I can do, make and design different things. Among the activities we did was brainstorming as a method of creating ideas and sharing knowledge and skills to solve a problem in which participants are encouraged to think without disturbances from anywhere. In the third week, we continued with our…

STEP BY STEP DESIGN

LEMELSON INTERNSHIP 2021 Benjamin Lembaro Blog #3   As student engineers, we sometimes had to design when solving basic problems that we came across. However, in most cases our designs were based on the solution that first came to mind. We never did enough to explore the options that we had in terms of the solution. Therefore, we solved problems using designs that were not really the best ones and in most cases were inefficient and did not last long. In the third week of the Lemelson Internship, we started by working on the insight statements that we formulated the previous week to come up with different ‘how can we’ statements. ‘How can we’ statements are formulated from insight statements…

Get to know about prototyping…

Get to know about prototyping… A preliminary version of a device or vehicle from which other forms are developed is called prototype. There are many advantages of working on a prototype before developing the actual device include: it is easy to detect the missing functionality, it can be reused by the developer for more complicated projects in the future and it is easy to detect errors. Before working on a prototype, we had to generate “How can we” statements from our visit and interview in Amana Hospital. After that we had to brainstorm on ways to solve various “How can we’s”. This helps a developer to know which things should be used to make an early prototype. Figure showing some…

SELCOM NEEDS FINDING

SELCOM NEEDS FINDING Fuad Abdallah, August 29, 2021. Vinayak (a poet) once said, “Every land is fertile, with only the need of finding suitable seeds.” This week was all about finding needs. Madam Julia arranged an interview for us with Selcom staff who deal with a food delivery service called duka.direct. We started interacting with them by asking them different questions. At the end of our interview we realized that their main problem is spillage of drinks when transporting them from one place to another, so they asked us to help them solve this problem. Spilled drink from Selcom (duka.direct) We started with primary research then we began diverging by diving deep into the problem.  More factors that can affect…

AN AMAZING AND FUN WEEK AT THE DIT DESIGN STUDIO

AN AMAZING AND FUN WEEK AT THE DIT DESIGN STUDIO Maximilian Donath Mkenda. August 23, 2021 Last week was fantastic! We started with a battle of sumo bots. It was a funny competition because most bots weren’t programmed well so most of them were misbehaving. My bot’s name was ‘LMNTRIX’. I named it after the crew in the “Step up” movie. Even though my bot wasn’t that good, it got me to third position. As shown in Figure 1, the two bots fighting are LMNTRIX (the black one with a yellow board) and Jaren. LMNTRIX won this round.  Figure 1: The bots’ challenge whereby one bot must be a winner Also we did the Bio-design needs exploration on how to…

YEAH !! LET’S DIVE!

YEAH !! LET’S DIVE! Do you still remember in last weeks’ blog, the part where I spoke out about the design processes and stages? Ugh! Don’t worry  about that, I know it has been a long and perhaps a rough week for you. Just in case you want to review it click right here. Well, before I give you a quick glance about last week (16th -20th AUG) events in our Design Studio I have a question for you, have you ever dived before? I know it is scary sometimes but all you need in order to dive in any water source is patience, confidence, some goggles, a snorkel and harpoon for chasing the sharks and piranhas away. Are you…

A wonderful week!!!

What a wonderful week… The week started with a sumo bot (robot) challenge whereby through the knowledge of Arduino we got from the previous week, we were able to program our sumo bots. The challenge was very interesting. Picture showing Sumo bot challenge A Design Thinking session followed after the sumo bot challenge whereby we learnt how to internalize the problem through empathizing. The procedure required primary research (interview, observation and questionnaire) and later secondary research from different sources like key sites and media. During the study we were given a problem: Why do DIT canteen users not wash their hands? in which we had to analyze some attributes of it. After the analysis we came up with answers of…

Design Thinking

LEMELSON INTERNSHIP 2021 Blog #2 –  The first week of the internship was really a busy one, with a lot of skills to learn and a lot of challenges to work on. The second week however was really calm and more a week of reflections, discussions and sharing ideas amongst each other. We went through how one could come from a problem to a solution in a more efficient way. It was really astonishing to learn how understanding a problem well could make the journey from a problem to a solution a lot more productive. To better understand problems that were solved by technology, we looked at the attributes of an appropriate technology. It is important to make sure that…

STRONG WEEK

  Last week was a tough one because we did different activities such as studying the generation and failure of Roundabout Playpump appropriate technology in Africa, problem context and some lectures about empathy, synthesis, research methods and the double diamonds concept. After forming groups, my teammates and I were assigned to solve a pLS