3D PRINTING -REAL REVOLUTIONIST IN CONSRUCTION INDUSRTY

 

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Some few months ago I had an appointment with Moi University Radio station (MU FM) to discuss 3D printing. Even though I had some commitment and failed to attend the interview, the 3D PRINTING IDEA (an idea that is still new to many) drew my interest. The result of my curiosity proved terrific and eye opening to where the world is HEADING, in all dimensions of life.

3D printing, or rather Additive manufacturing, the very idea of one Chuck Hull was founded in 1984. And ever since, the world’s technologies that is aligned to presentation and visualization have been changed a great deal. The technology has been used in offices and homes for creating models, and recently, the Construction industry.

The idea of printing 10 housing units within 24 hours leaves one wondering how this is even possible.

This fete is no longer a dream.

Thanks to WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co., that used a massive 490-foot-long, 33-foot-wide, and 20-foot-deep 3D printer to print cheap concrete.
The various structural components can be fabricated either on site or off-site then joined together with the highest level of accuracy. Currently Winsun’s approach is the most efficient. Time will tell if it will stand the test.

The question then becomes. Can we scale down a building, and model it with a material/ material whose engineering properties are similar to those of the building to be erected? And if so, subject it to simulated forces and characteristic loads that are to be expected in that given environment?

For example, in a wind tunnel test, simulated earthquake loads, and if necessary internal loads? If the building then meets its structural integrity, then it can simply be called a structural analysis and design by experimental verification method.

Or something of that sort.

That’s my thought.

3D printing in construction has been tested, and proven an economic and time efficient method of construction, and should be adopted in engineering faculties in Africa and the world over to prepare future engineers for this technology in industry.

This is just a shift from classical methods of construction into the modern futuristic era, where time, structural integrity and cost are becoming a must have for every construction project.

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CHINA TRADE WEEK KENYA 2016

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The China Trade Week is an annual event aiming to help businesses in Kenya find smoother avenues of sourcing products from China.

NOTE: REGISTRATION IS FREE

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The event takes place at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi,Kenya.Bringing certified Chinese manufacturers to showcase their products.
This year’s event will be held at the KICC between 29th June 2016 and 1st July 2016.

For those looking to expand networks, open up business partnerships or even get exposure, it remains paramount for everyone to attend; student, business person, entrepreneur or the general public.

I attended China Trade Week 2015 and the impact it had was immense:

1. Exposure to world class manufactured products
This was unlike the common notion we have of Chinese products. The important message passed on by the manufacturers is ‘Good money will buy good quality
2. A chance to directly engage with many company representatives
Not only are they knowledgeable in technical operation of their products, they can also shed a light on the economics of the products from a global perspective. And yes, the Chinese people can speak English!

3. Get an up-close feel of various products
I got to try some of the comfiest pair of crocs ever made!

4. Attend mini workshops on ‘Sourcing from China’
Here people shared some of their past experiences (for instance not knowing where to start) and the challenges they faced. They then share lessons learnt, talk about how to use the internet to get reliable manufacturers and how to connect with the attending companies in doing business. All your business questions will be answered at China Trade Week 2016.

5. Appreciate how deeply industries are connected
I met many attendants from various sectors of the economy in those workshops- tourism, horticulture, healthcare, water, and lighting among tens more. Being in the same room with these people, and talking about how each sector will be enhanced, will open your mind to possibilities unimaginable!

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Comparison of CTW 2015 and CTW 2016

China Trade Week 2015 was expectant of 3,000 attendees but saw a whopping 16,500!
The event this year brings 400 certified Chinese manufacturers as opposed to 150 in 2015

Organisation of China Trade Week 2016

Hall 1:      Building Materials and Energy
HALL 2:    Lighting
HALL 3:    Auto parts, Textiles, Agriculture, Machinery and Electronics

REGISTER FREE AT www.chinatradeweek.com

Warren

Top 10 resources for Engineering students

You are just new to campus.  Straight outta ocha,  given that royal send off by your village folk ; a sack of unga,  a block of solid fat,  yellow and hard as a bar soap, a few kilos of sugar plus a lot of hope.  Engineering school awaits and you’ve been well fattened for it.  Well you get here and your divine hard work becomes dissolved in a lot of life’s diversities – alcohol and ‘having a good time’ runs from Monday to Monday, members of the fairer sex suddenly become more intriguing and oh yeah,  your people never prepare you for betting life, so you’re sucked into it in an instant.

 

Well whether you’re a freshman or a fossil, Engineering school can push you to the corner with assignments,  cats and exams .  With the traditional pen-paper business you’re doomed.  So here goes a list of my top 10 online resources to resuscitate your interest in your field of study.

 

  1. Join LinkedIn!

You might not realize it yet,  but LinkedIn is a great site to help you connect you with students and professionals in your field of interest.  Once you’ve created an account, you can choose your areas of interest and the feed will be customized to your suiting.  You will also be able to form a network of people by connecting them to your profile.  Did I mention employers are also looking for potential employees
through LinkedIn? Yes! Build your profile,  connect and grow!

 

  1. Journals 4 Free

This site offers engineering journals, FREE!  Spanning many fields,  you’ll be able to download and read on the latest trends and development in industry.  So whether you want to start a new production line or work on a new 3D printer,  these magazines will come in handy.

 

  1. Eng Tips.com

Don’t we just love those formations in the exam room? You know they are your lifeline when you haven’t prepared for a cat or exam.  Why? Coz it’s instant redemption and better results at the 11th hour.  An online equivalent is engtips.com.  This site features tons of forums on many fields of Engineering and architecture.  You’re able to raise inquiries (student or professional)  and there’ll be people to help you with possible solutions.  With members from all corners of the world,  you’ll find a solution to at least every engineering challenge you face.

 

  1. Wolfram Alpha

A virtual assistant.  That’s all I can say for Wolfram Alpha.  This site has solutions to pretty much anything.  Specific to Engineering,  you can find solutions to numerous mathematical problems with great explanation.  Just key in equation and let the site do the rest.

 

  1. Instructables

The cornerstone of Engineering is the provision of solutions; more practical than theoretical.  Enter Instructables.  Whether you want to build a 3D printer or fit an engine to a bicycle or make fire redundant paint,  this site has practical guides of projects done by curious people out there.  These tutorials come in form of detailed text,  audio files,  videos and photos.  You will be a better,  more productive person after you get your hands on the site.  Try it today!

 

  1. IITs

Yes,  Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have some of the best learning resources talk Engineering.  There are over 15 IITs churning out resources in terms of videos and document files on the whole courses.  Pretty much all Engineering courses offered in Moi University already have their resources on IIT sites.  Google and see for yourself!

 

  1. YouTube

Visual learning is more effective than reading plain text.  With YouTube comes a lot of tutorials on a lot of Engineering courses.  From real-time applications to solution to problems to whole lectures,  you can find a lot of material to help you better understand various courses,  even those outside Engineering.  Learn how to build your own air gun before graduation.

 

  1. Get an Android phone

Android has come as a godsend.  With versatility of using specialized apps (scientific calculators,  app builders and simulators) at your fingertips,  you’ll be able to be ahead of the next guy.  Once you get an Android phone there’s a world of apps waiting  (regular and pro).  Don’t take that phone for granted.

 

  1. Open Mind!

With so many opportunities opening up in Kenya – oil and gas reserves,  IT integration and standards of life going up, we are exposed to a lot of forums,  presentations,  seminars to help us see the present opportunities.  With the Government also empowering us with innovation competitions and opportunities for the youth and women,  we have no reason to remain complaining of ‘unemployment’.  Engineering students represent the epitome of innovation and persons to push the development agenda. Engineers aren’t employed but CREATE employment.

 

Therefore shift mentality from ‘learning in school’ to ‘preparing for after school’.  Start seeing education as a tool to help you create solutions.  Attend development forums,  look through presentations and talk to people who are interested in similar fields as you.

 

So there you go.  Now go get ’em Tiger!

Warren

APP OF THE WEEK: PINTEREST

Surfing the web can be  a  very  interesting  activity  if you  are reading some interesting article  online, or just stalking  your ex  and a  very mundane activity  when  you  are researching  your  term paper  that is due on  the radar  equation and  all the  web pages  you have  opened are  dead  ends.

The  people at Pinterest have come  up  with a  way  of making  either of  these  activities  memorable  if not exciting. The  name, PINTEREST  is  a  mash-up  of the words pin  and  interest (at least  that’s what  I  think  it stands for) and  that  is basically what the app  does; it  pins all the  WebPages  that  interests  the user  in a board that the user  picks. Think, a  search engine that already knows what you like, amazing right?  And  it gets better.

The official Pinterest page says,  “Pinterest  is  a visual bookmarking  tool that helps  you  discover  and save creative  ideas.”

Pinterest  users  follow boards which are  created by other  users.  The  boards are categorized  according  to the users interest  i.e.  technology, environment, photography,  comedy, writing, fashion, gymnastics  just to mention a few.

The app is  very easy  to use  from the very beginning,  a user is able to access  more information at  once compared to other social media apps  where you have to follow hundreds of people before  your app feed can make any sense.  (Sorry  twitter)

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The app has a  very user-friendly  interface, with  the boards arranged in  two columns on  a white background. A  pin it button appearing at the bottom  so you can pin the links that interest you and a ‘View it’ button if you want to go to the source  URL  of the specified  web page.

I know you are wondering  why  would you want to download another social  media app  after the  more than two that you already have installed  on your phone.well, Pinterest  is more than a social media app, it  is an organization  tool, a  bookmark, a  reminder and  for those who like reading  blogs and surfing the web it is the  ultimate  web surfer!

And  a plus side, since you are not following people you don’t  have to worry about seeing ten different photos of your annoying cousin taken at different angles.

Go ahead  pin it!  😛  You  can  say you got  it from here.

Mildred.