WHat is going on
The first Open Source Machine Building Workshop in Tunisia has been a huge success also according to the resonance within Tunisian media.
Within only one week and under the guidance of coaches from Germany, Tunisia, Italy and Nigeria almost 50 students and makers from various Tunisian universities and FabLabs have build the biggest open FDM machine on the african continent so far, a 5 axis open CNC milling machine and an open 3-in-1 machine tool combining different functionalities as well as an open source filament maker that recycles plastic.
With this hackathon were able to show what the Tunisian youth is capable of. Instead of buying expensive high tech equipment from abroad, they were trained to make it on their own with minimal costs and maximum training effect ranging from soft skills such as team work and collaboration to hard skills such as CAD/ CAM, technical data and documentation, manufacturing of parts, assembly, testing and so on. The coaches and participants showed immense motivation and excitement, in order to fulfill their mission together.
5-Axis-Cnc Milling Machine
MAKE the most out of it! The machines can now be used to make prototypes and they can be replicated since the technical documentation is open source and available online. They will stay at FabLab ENIT.
On the last day of the event various industry representatives and high officials from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in Tunisia attended our Meet-the-Makers networking event as well as the subsequent panel discussion, in which we discussed the potential of OpenLabs for industry and education and on how to strengthen the link between the two domains in Tunisia with experts from different fields.
Prof. Samia Charfi Kaddour (General Director of Research Valorization, Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry) gratulating the participants for their pioneering work
The director of ENIT Hatem Zenzri (r.) and Dr. Tobias Redlich (l.) signing the MoU between Helmut-Schmidt University and ENIT.
First panel featuring Mr. Daniele Ingrassia (FabLab Guru and Open Source Hardware Coach), Mr. Ramzi Zammali (MFC Pole/ Neotex Cluster Monastir), Ms Mariem Ben Maallem (ZenLab Incubator) and Mr. Mondher Khanfir (Carthage Business Angels) moderated by Sonja Buxbaum-Conradi and Tobias Redlich from Helmut- Schmidt-University
Second panel featuring Chiheb Bouden (former Minister of Higher Education and Professor, ENIT), Dr. Amira Guermazi (Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research), Hamid Amri (Professor, Electrical Engineering, ENIT), Bourhen Louhichi (Prof. Mechanical Engineering ENISO), Kamel Ben Saad (Head of Electrical Engineering Department)
Group shot with the participants of the Machine Building Workshop proudly holding their certificates.