Skiing/Hiking Poles from Uganda
I spent the last two weeks in Uganda to finally start things there.
Our goal is to start a production for innovative and sustainable products for the local market as well as for export.
For export the main goal is to create skiing and hiking poles out of bamboo, with grips and tips out of plastic. For the local market we will work on poducing rulers and other useful things for schools and hope that our local team comes up with other ideas. 🙂
We have set up a whole NGO and a Social Business behind this ideas and hope that it will all work out.
By the way, those chrismas cookie things – dont know how to call them in english work pretty well for first tests. 😉
http://www.facebook.com/fimboostory/ -pictures should be there in the next days
http://www.fimboo.com – working on it right now so not too much there
http://www.faircycle.com – a bamboo bicycle where we plan on also making some parts with the mashines
did work pretty well with the concret form…were very happy with the first try.
I’m very interested in your ideas here, especially the use of cement to make a mould. Do you make the handle in 2 parts and then stick them together when the plastic has cooled, or can you put the two halves of the mould together and make the whole handle in 1 piece?
Either way I think you’ve figured out a way to make a mould with very simple technology (no need to shape metal using a lathe, or welding etc.)
I think you could embed a plumbing attachment in the cement before it sets and then you’d be able to screw the mould on to the injection machine directly.
… also wondering which part of Uganda you are in. I’m hoping to develop a machine to take out to southern Uganda.
Hi! We are right in Entebbe. Where do you plan on taking a mashine? And what products do you plan on creating?
Hi Soren. Sorry, I thought I replied already. We’re hoping to set these up in Rubanda and our main aim is to make flower pots but we have some other ideas. We have a machine design of our own which is similar to the Precious Plastic solution (developed entirely independently years ago but not managed to get it off the ground yet. My thinking now is to make some of the Precious plastic machines and use them alongside our own design to have a more flexible production line. The machine we have is a bit more complex to make (the mould part particularly, but the pot is big and strong, it’s a bit like the fruit bowls in the PP videos, but quicker and less energy intensive to make. That said, it’s not a quick as I’d like (around 30 minutes per pot) so I’m currently redesigning the machine to make it quicker. Check out some more pictures on: http://www.concino.co.uk/ and https://sites.google.com/site/gepuganda/
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