FIRST WEEK OF LEMELSON INTERNSHIP 2021

During this week we started by learning Computer Aided Design (CAD) using Fusion 360 Software. Fusion 360 is nice software to get started with CAD because it has a simple and friendly user interface and cloud storage capability for the projects which allows working on different computers. We started drawing basic shapes and specifying basic dimensions as normal Engineering drawings. After we had covered some basics we were given a task to draw 3D shapes and print them using a 3D printer. The figure below is the drawing which I was tasked to draw. The above object was used to certify us on our 3D printers skills. This certification required us to import an STL file from Fusion 360 then…

DESIGNING OF ULTRASONIC SENSOR AND INFRARED SENSOR (IR) 

DESIGNING OF ULTRASONIC SENSOR AND INFRARED SENSOR (IR)  Ultrasonic sensor An ultrasonic sensor is a sensor that measures the distance to an object using ultrasonic sound waves. It uses a transducer to send and receive ultrasonic pulses that relay back information about an object’s proximity.   How Ultrasonic Sensors Work Ultrasonic sensors work by sending out a sound wave at a frequency above the range of human hearing.  The transducer of the sensor acts as a microphone to receive and send the ultrasonic sound. Our ultrasonic sensors, like many others, use a single transducer to send a pulse and to receive the echo.  The sensor determines the distance to a target by measuring time lapses between the sending and receiving of the ultrasonic pulse….

Keep going!!

KEEP GOING…!!! Maximilian Donath Mkenda. August 16, 2021. Joining the Lemelson Internship is a lot more fun than I thought it would be in the best way possible. So far, I have already gained many skills, and I have learned more about different things used in everyday activities such as laser cutting, 3D printing, soldering, Arduino programming and the diagnosis of various equipment. As for expectations for the rest of my internship, I am thrilled to learn more every day and have been working with very talented people from whom I know I will learn more. This internship has given me even more real-world experience than I had before. It has also given me the chance to learn more about…

It’s all about learning

It’s all about learning!! The most interesting part of our lives everyday is learning,what I mean is never skip a day without learning a new thing. Try to add some new products to your brain shelves. To keep a long story short and precise I am going to give you a quick glance into what has happened and has been happening in the DIT Design Studio for the last two weeks (from the 2nd to 13th of AUGUST)  during the Lemelson Engineering Internship period. Well, the first lesson was about Design Thinking and then my question to you is have you ever designed anything in your life, career, job or anywhere? If yes then kudos! And if not this is…

First is always the best!!

LEMELSON INTERNSHIP 1st WEEK!! The Lemelson Internship started with orientation in the Design Studio at Dar-es-Salaam Institute of Technology which was conducted by Joel, one of the teaching assistants. It began with a fun and creative activity of building a tower out of pieces of wire. This was aimed at implementing the team work spirit, working under pressure (since the provided time for completion was reduced purposely), optimum utilization of resources and so many other good lessons. This activity was followed by a brief introduction to the activities that will be carried out during the entire IPT period which include laser cutting, 3D printing, Arduino programming, visits to various health institutions and other possible tasks. The next day, introduction to…

LEMELSON INTERNSHIP WEEK 1

BENJAMIN LEMBARO I have just completed my first week as an intern under the Lemelson Foundation. It has been a very busy week accompanied with so many activities that were aimed at sharpening our skills. On the first day of the internship we were given a general overview, the objectives of the internship as well as what is expected of us by the end of this program. On the first day of the skills week, we started with Computer Aided Drawing (CAD). We used the Fusion 360 application to develop different 3D drawings which is an essential skill in the presentation of our ideas into drawings. We learnt as well how to get 2D projections of different views from 3D…

THE KILLER ROBOT

THE KILLER ROBOT- Kanyempwe, Juma B.   Introduction This week’s challenge at the DIT Design Studio was to design and build an autonomous robot for the sumo ring. This challenge was very unique and was one of the reasons why I was so excited about this. The main goal was to be the last robot in the ring so we were grouped in pairs. Thomas and I came up with so many great ideas on the robot we were going to design and all the crazy parts about the defense mechanism and how cool we wanted the robot to look like. “Killer robot” was the name we chose for our robot design. We then had to create a robot that…

REVISIT TO THE DIT DESIGN STUDIO

REVISIT TO THE DIT DESIGN STUDIO Bwere, Daniel E. September 27th, 2020.   February 2020 So here I am prepping with my friends for the Lemelson Engineering Internship interview come summer 2020. I’m just in my headspace all-reaching for an internship position abroad, preferably at Rice University in the United States.  I got through with an internship position at Malawi. That’s still great considering the need for exposure I long for from abroad and I’ve never been abroad-at least in my grown-up awareness.  Here comes, Corona and stuck we are wherever we are. The insecurities and chaos brought about by the pandemic was and still is something none can fathom. Thus,  internships have to be conducted virtually. Unfortunately, at our…

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…

Needs finding: following the learning and practising of the Human-Centered Design approach.

For any possible solution to work appropriately, the designers of the solution have to understand the basis of the problem. It is termed as “Empathy”. Empathy: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.[1] This is therefore the first and foremost essential step when it comes to Human-Centred Design. This is where one gets the inspiration to pursue a solution for the challenge at hand.  This week we had time to do this exercise partly through research tools such as interviews and observations. We visited both Muhimbili National…