A Busy week

  A Busy week Hindu Katowa, It has been a very busy and tough week with sleepless nights.We are running out of time.So we are supposed to work as much as we can so we can finish our final prototypes and prepare ourselves for the next week’s final projects presentations.So our team is working on the Automatic Chest Compressor.   But before we made a final prototype we made two prototypes which were piston and gear based chest compressors.And the processes were as follow: We started on making piston based prototype in which we 3D printed the piston and circulating rods Then we cut all remaining parts on a laser cutter. After that we assembled the parts and completed our first…

The struggle was real

The struggle was real  Kanyempwe, Juma B. Introduction With a lot of design work to do most of the projects were behind schedule so we never had a chance to write a blog post. We were trying to make the final project on time so we divided the tasks to finish on time. Mary and Joseph were designing and coding the circuit for the wall suction system while I had to go to kariakoo market  looking for the components we need for the project. We had two design concepts which were very promising for our project; mechanical system and sensor system.   Mechanical System is the system we design using a valve to block the negative pressure from the hospital…

FINAL PRESENTATION AND DINE

   FINAL PRESENTATION It was the last week of our ipt period  we were preparing  for the final presentation of our final prototypes . also we were finalizing our final prototypes ready for presentation. At that day madam Julia organized camera men so they can come and shoot a video of us doing our final presentation. It was a very stressing day because at my side am not very confident to present infront of a camera. So the presentation started and it went great thanks to madam Julia then after that we were continuing to finalize our side projects while our fellow students were presenting . final preparation Then after the presentation was over , we started cleaning up the studio…

At last. MUHIMBILI PRESENTATION

                                                 MUHIMBILI PRESENTATION    On this week we went to present our first prototypes  at Muhimbili National hospital. We met the pediatric doctor  and she gave us her feedback about the prototype  she said that we should consider more on the strength of the material that we will use .also she talked about the bottom stand that  should make the sliding head piece easier to slide when its lied down because the length board we will make will be for both horizontal and vertical position. Also we went to visit the malnutrition department and they also gave us some feedback on how they think the length board should  be improved , their biggest concern was the material that should be used because…

Teamwork

Teamwork Bwere, Daniel E. In this internship, it is amazing how we work in teams. Unlike our classroom environment where most of the learning happens individually and sometimes in groups, the DIT Design Studio environment dwells on teamwork in order to get the job done.  During the introduction when most of my colleagues were not familiar with one another, we had a close activity called “Think-Pair-Share”. This activity initially involved proposing a question to the team, then each member was given time to think independently. Thereafter members got into pairs and shared what each one thought of the answer to the question given. Another activity was the icebreaker event which was a rapid prototyping session. This session was a competition…

Crushing Quest

Crushing Quest – Kanyempwe Juma B. Introduction In this week’s quest at the DIT Design Studio we had a final project prototype to complete. It was a great week for my team, we finished our first prototype ahead of time. So we had enough time to work on the problem statement and define the main objective of the project. From our last visit to Muhimbili National Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), we went back to the DIT Design Studio and downloaded our findings then defined the problem statement. Below are the objectives. For this prototype we came up with the best solutions possible: to protect the source of negative pressure at Muhimbili National Hospital and create an…

BEGINNER’S MIND

BEGINNER’S MIND…Kanyempwe, Juma B. Quick Tip! One of the reasons people don’t learn any subject or skill faster is because they feel like they already know something about it, so they can’t learn something new…Does that make sense!? And one of the keys to be a faster learner is to begin with a beginner’s mind because if your cup is full you can’t put new information into it!!-Superbrain Beginner’s Mind:- In this week’s activity, we had hospital visits to Muhimbili National Hospital and Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). The internship is super cool, so far we are constantly learning new skills everyday. Our main focus was on the mini project and the final project.   At    Muhimbili National Hospital…

Testing and Implementation (Last Battle)

Testing and Implementation (Last Battle)  – Thomas N. Shetui.   Finally after all the learning and designing done in the course of eight (8) weeks in the DIT Design  Studio, we came up with products that are expected to solve different problems that were found  through needs findings sessions. Intensive primary and secondary research increased the depth of information and understanding. On my side, with my fellow engineering student Greg Luhambati, we came up with the Kenfix (KA-105) silicone sealant based subclavian access central line ultrasound training model seen in Fig. 1.   Figure 1: KA-105 sealant based model Using the readily available plastic human torso,  we filled it with the proposed material i.e. KA-105 sealant, after molding important vascular  structures which…

Central Line Ultrasound Training Modul

Central Line Ultrasound Training Module – T. N. Shetui   After working with the gelatin based central line training model and seeing all the drawbacks that  came along with the model, it was high time to research on other materials that could replace the  gelatin mixture. The replacement would resolve either all or most of the gelatin based model’s drawbacks.   Materials that the researchers considered to   explore more on their  potential to replace the gelatin  mixture were tangit PVC  adhesive, pure white silicone  sealant, acrylic silicone  sealant (AS-606), Kenfix glass  windows’ sealant (KA-105),  dry grout powder, gypsum  powder and two way plastic.  All these materials were used in different mixing ratios to produce ten  different swatches / samples that  were…

Work, work and more work

Work, work and more work – Thomas N. Shetui   At the end of last week, most final projects on needs findings were assigned to  particular individuals. Each individual was required to start working on them and extend further from  where the project halted. The task of collecting more information about the project was to broaden the options, enabling comprehensive approaches  towards the solution to be an easy peasy process.   With my fellow Industrial Practical Training member Greg Luhambati, we were chosen to work on a central line  ultrasound training module. At first it  required us to explore more on the currently used method to  train health practitioner’s  to perform a central lineprocedure prior to doing it to human subjects.   Figure 1:…