GEARBOX AT THE 4TH PASET FORUM

The fourth Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) forum took place in Nairobi. The forum was focused on building and strengthtening the capacity for scientific and technical skills in Africa.  HTTP://WWW.WORLDBANK.ORG/EN/PROGRAMS/PASET . The challenges of science and technology in Africa is highlighted by research which shows that programs remain too expensive in most regions making it hard for parents, institutions and governments to invest in facilities, infrastructure and equipment essential for learning and growth. 

The forum brought together representatives from government, and private sector as well as development partners who have been investing in Africa to maximise investments in key sectors.  GEARBOX who is at the center stage of creating an environment that fosters technological innovation actively participated in the forum by showcasing some of the locally manufactured machines and skills of creators, makers and engineers in the Country.  

New Space: Even Better Designs

In a bid to upgrade the skills of the jua kali sector, we decided to demonstrate how computer aided design software can be applied to produce everyday products.  The technique improves and ensures consistency on quality of finished products owing to accuracy in assembly of parts  (modular assembly) . It also saves on time spent in production. The sheet metal drawings were done in Inventor and produced on a plasma cutting machine and a sheet metal bender.

This is the beauty of applying CAD and CAM in manufacturing  because we got to work on our final product exactly how we designed it and at our convenience.

Esther and Anastacia (Product Designer) Assembling the table.

Esther and Anastacia (Product Designer) Assembling the table.

wooden parts cut to precision by a CNC Router

wooden parts cut to precision by a CNC Router

After fixing the wooden parts and the wooden table top.

After fixing the wooden parts and the wooden table top.

Complete and functional co working space table .

Complete and functional co working space table .