UMaT Students Design KLAKS 3D Printer
Research institutions and Ghanaian industries as well as individual innovators across the country are participating in a three-day Science, Technology & Innovation Fair 2016 at the forecourt of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana to exhibit their diverse array of Scientific Technological inventions.
Among these exhibitors are students of University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), Tarkwa who have designed a printer that is able to print three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
The KLAKS 3D Printer is made from e-Waste parts salvage from old printers and photocopy machines.
Here is how it works. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In this process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Overall, the printer makes designing and building of prototypes of structures, equipment and etc. easier and more cost effective.
The team led by Dr. Ishmael Quacoo, Lecturer at the Minerals Department at UMAT comprise of Yelfaanibe Feld, a level 300 Mechanical Engineering student, Kweku Mensah, level 400 Electrical Engineering student, Fiifi Ahomka-Sey, a level 400 offering Environmental and Safety Engineering, Kobina Abakah-Paintsil, level 400 Electrical Engineering student, Lok Avegnon, level 400 Mechanical Engineering student and Ama Agyaponaa Amponsah also a Mechanical Engineering student currently in level 400.
The team also exhibited a Smart Home Automation System which has an in-built SIM card to receive text messages. This device helps to control appliances at home and also check the status of the appliances- whether they are ON or OFF. There is also a CPU built in the system that process the message for activation of the items.
This system is both application based and manual which means that it can be operated from all kinds of phones, however, checking of the status of the appliances can only be accessed on a smart phone.
The theme for this year’s fair is Science, Technology & Innovation for sustainable Development and Industrial Growth in Ghana.
The Fair was officially opened by the Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang. Present at the opening ceremony were Minister for Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, Hon. Mahama Ayariga, Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana, Prof. Ebenezer Owusu Oduro and Former Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada.