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...

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...

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…