D-Lab Design

Bamboo Pencil Maker

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D-Lab students prototyped a device that would allows villagers in rural areas to manufacture pencils made out of bamboo. The goal is to have a device that is easy to use, inexpensive and an income generating tool, designed to produce pencils of comparable quality to those already on the market.
New Delhi

Movilavadora

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The movilavadora is a pedal-powered washing machine that can be easily transported by foot in an urban setting. The movilavadora can be used for income generation by cleaning as well as washing by hand, and in less time. This builds upon an existing project, the bicilavadora, that originated several years ago in Guatemala.
Lima

Spiral Pine Needle Stove

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This cook stove is specifically designed to use pine needles as an alternative fuel and is as easy and efficient to use as existing stoves. The design involves minimal pre-processing of the needles and includes two burn stages: a primary burn in a firebox, and a secondary burn within a spiral chamber.
Uttarakand

Vegetable Cutter

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A machine capable of handling large quantities of vegetables at a time, minimizing the labor required to operate it, and maximizing throughput. This device is conceived to be used in an orphanage to assist in feeding several hundred children, and as a potential tool for income generation (selling processed foods to nearby restaurants).
Lima

Do-It-Yourself Chlorine Generation

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Chlorine is a low-cost way to disinfect water, although not always available. Local chlorine generation has the potential to have a huge impact in ensuring access to clean water, and even more so if the materials needed are readily available: 2 D-cell batteries, an empty bottle, a sheet of plastic, a bike dynamo, salt and a little bit of water.
D-Lab

Tools for HairZing Production

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Scunci Upzing is a commercial hair accessory sold in a variety of retail locations throughout the United States. It is manufactured in a fair-trade agreement by a consortium of women’s co-operatives in China. The current manual manufacturing process is slow and students are designing tools to increase production for these small businesses.
Rural West

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