Engineering Design + 3D Printing from CAD – helps farmers in developing countries

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In Africa and other developing countries where energy infrastructure is limited to power irrigation of farm land, engineering design has overcome the problem. A simple design that requires low maintenance, robust, easy to repair and has a low cost to manufacture was borne by Hunton Technologies in Norfolk. The prototypes needed to test & perfect the idea were created as a 3D CAD model and then 3D printed in an ABS material before launching into full production by a company in Italy, who also made the molding tools from the CAD model. Now fields 100s of yards from a water source can be watered more quickly and efficiently, increasing much needed yield. The efficiency of operation is approximately 5 times that of the alternative of carrying buckets of water by hand! Engineering design in practice – making a difference.

To find out more regarding Hutton’s Flexipump design please click on link http://www.flexipump.com

By Mike Osborn

Quotation Corner:

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams” – W. Arthur Porter  – Mark Twain

PS  If you have enjoyed the blog please forward to those who might be interested, many thanks in advance, Mike

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About Mike Osborn CEng

A Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers living in the UK with a passion for engineering design, technology and innovation, peppered with a little humour. Presently running a small engineering design & CAD drawing solutions business, serving mainly London and home counties. www.osborndesign.co.uk
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