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Alan Spybey

PD21929: Using Autodesk Software to Create Opportunities for Africa’s Poorest Farmers

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Key Learning

Key Learning

  • Discover how simulation enabled by Autodesk's software increases efficiency in the concept-to-completion cycle
  • Discover the product development cycle as practiced with minimal access to materials and equipment in Nairobi
  • Learn about capitalizing on software tools and computer-aided design to create social impact
  • Discover the importance of incorporating user feedback in the product design process

Description

Description

This class will explore the computer-aided thinking and design process that the Nairobi-based Engineering Team from a leading social enterprise uses to create new, income-generating products for the poorest segment of Africa’s population: small-scale farmers. Developing irrigation products that are affordable and uniquely tailored to the complex needs of small-scale farmers in Africa is a design challenge with the potential to improve the lives of millions. Examples from the work of KickStart International will illuminate how Inventor software, Simulations Mechanical software, and Autodesk CFD software are used to address this challenge more efficiently. KickStart has been expanding their line of human-powered irrigation pumps for more than 15 years, and the introduction of Autodesk, Inc., software and 3D printing have improved workflow by shortening the concept-to-completion product-development cycle and offset some of the challenges of prototyping and batch producing locally, in Kenya, on the way to mass manufacture. This session features Inventor Professional, CFD, Fusion 360, and Simulation Mechanical.

Target Audience

Target Audience

Anyone interested in the wider impact of Autodesk software outside the industrial economies, user-centred design for base of the pyramid customers and/or how the future of making things can better the world.

Speakers

Speakers

Alan Spybey

Craftsman (UK)

Manager Special Needs Workshop (Kenya)

Manager Small Business Upgrading Project (Kenya)

Director Technical Development KickStart (irrigation pumps for small-scale farmers) (Kenya with Africa coverage)

Education

Teaching Certificate Design Technology

BSc Engineering

MBA

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Tags

Published

  • 2016
  • PD21929
  • AU Las Vegas

Software

  • Inventor Professional
  • Simulation CFD 360
  • Simulation Mechanical

Industry

  • General Manufacturing and Product Design

Topics

  • Product Design
  • Manufacturing and Production