Kenya Prototype part 4

  Trial and Error in Dhaka February 2012   Finally i have the time to tell you about the prototyping process in Dhaka. As i menioned in my previous post, the arrival of the molds had a delay of 4 weeks. When we planned my stay in Bangladesh the goal was to have a small […]

Early prototype

Demolding and Assembling After demolding lid and seat the overlapping jute was cut by a saw and edges were polished. The exciting moment of assembling the first prototype has come. And luckily all parts fit great together. There is some space between all parts which is necessary to balance unevenness of the wall thickness. Im […]

Early prototype 2

Laminating the seat Producing the seat was more complicated. The shape made finding the right cuttings for the jute mats difficult. To cover all curves we had to cut many small parts of jute and apply them piece by piece into the mold. It took more time than planned. The small round pin will be […]

Early prototype 4

Wednesday and Thursday this week the prototyping continued. This time the epoxy resin was colored to make the surface more evenly, but the results are not satisfying. For future prototypes it is nicer to leave the natural look of the jute resin combination. The transparent resin shows the inner jute and gives an impression about […]

Early prototype 6

2nd Day Prototyping   When I arrived at the workshop the laminated pot was unfortunately already removed from the mold (the model maker was so curious he didn’t wait for me). First the bad news: the pot broke. The good news: we laminate another one! And this time I will document the releasing process. On […]

Early prototype 5

Impressions of the production steps for the first toilet component.

First day prototyping

Today the eagerly awaited prototype production for the MoSan toilet started! The molds are milled by MFSA, a prototyping firm in Germany. Since there are high technology solutions in Germany the mold production is way cheaper and faster in Germany than in Bangladesh. Later the mold will be shipped to Dhaka, Bangladesh and used to […]