JKUAT Commences Third Additive Manufacturing Training

The participants follow the proceedings during the official opening of the Third Sustain AM School.

The College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC) has commenced the third series of training for engineering students aimed at equipping them with requisite skills in the utilization of locally available, renewable, and bio-compatible resources for Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technologies.

The initiative which will run between September 5-16, 2022, is jointly organized by the Department of Mechatronic Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Professorship of Additive Manufacturing, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology (TUBAF) of Germany.

Under the project dubbed; SustainAM (Additive Manufacturing) project, 17 Bachelors and Postgraduate Students from Mechanical, Mechatronic, and Agriculture and Bio-Systems Engineering Departments are set to be trained using bio-degradable materials in additive manufacturing.

The German delegation receives a token from The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi.

During a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, Dr. James Wamai, the project’s coordinator, stated that the SustainAM school will focus on research and training aspects and that the school will play a leading role in enhancing JKUAT’s capacity development, as well as facilitating student and staff exchange between the two institutions.

The Chairman, Department of Additive Manufacturing, TUBAF, Prof. -Ing Henning Zeidler stated that manufacturing has evolved over time, with many industries switching to sustainable materials that use bio-degradable substances.

“Through additive manufacturing industrial processes are fast-tracked and resources are conserved thus saving money and time making it viable and attractive to companies,” Prof. Zeidler affirmed.

He added that his institution intends to establish a lab that will provide students with hands-on experience in additive manufacturing while also fostering research, sustainability, and economic growth in both institutions.

Prof. Bernard Ikua, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administration and Finance, expressed confidence in the program’s positive impact on students, particularly those studying engineering.

“Although AM is relatively new in our country, it has tremendous benefits in terms of saving time, money, and resources. Introducing and equipping our students in this field will give them a competitive advantage over their peers,” Prof. Ikua observed.

Prof. Ikua was delighted with the partnership with TUBAF saying that it will ensure the highest standards in AM are met.

The School Coordinator, Dr. James Wamai addresses the participants during the official opening ceremony.

Welcoming the German delegation, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi said JKUAT is rated highly in Kenya and the collaboration with TUBAF ‘is a good opportunity to continue this trend’.

Prof. Ngumi said, the University, is renowned for coming up with market-oriented solutions as well as exploring collaborations with established institutions like TUBAF expand their problem-solving capacity.

She thanked the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for funding the project alluding to the fact collaborative effort between institutions is an important aspect in ensuring expertise exchange.

“We have a long relationship with DAAD. I thank the German government for building capacity of our staff who will provide viable solutions in tackling problems bedeviling our manufacturing and Agricultural sectors,” she remarked.

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