A.B.E.
A.B.E.
University of Nairobi
Kenya
Marian Muthui
Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kenya
    Tony Mugita
    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kenya
    S.Karl Heinz Tondo
    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kenya
    Alex Njira
    Nairobi, Kenya
Round achieved
  • 1Round 1
  • 2Round 2
  • 3Round 3

Their project

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Their project

Engineering bamboo, sandwiched honeycomb structure and embedding thermal-acoustic foam to tackle the problem of using non-recyclable composites in the cabin.
  • 13 June 2013

    Amazing presentations yesterday at Airbus!

    The pressure now moves from the finalists to the jury, who have the difficult task of selecting a winner. Find out more about how the finalists prepared their presentations in our diary posts on the Fly Your Ideas Billboard!
  • 07 June 2013

    It’s time for the 2013 Fly Your Ideas Final!

    The five finalist teams will arrive in Toulouse soon and we will be posting a daily diary throughout next week so you can follow their adventures with us. Share your support for them on your Teamline and let us know how you are enjoying the action!
  • 07 June 2013

    Well done Video competitors!

    We really enjoyed it the video competition, and hope you did too! It was great to see over 100,000 people engaged online to support you. Keep creating and join us now to follow the Finalists in this last stage of Fly Your Ideas 2013.
  • April 2013
  • 11 April 2013

    The end

    Submitted all our documents for Round 2. Here's to making it to round 3...!!!
  • 08 April 2013

    Good luck! The deadline is approaching!

    You are nearly there! Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your files. We can’t wait to see your video!
  • 05 April 2013

    We’re awarding the most visited Team!

    You worked hard to keep us all updated, so now it’s time to award your efforts! The Best Teamline for R2 title will go to the team who received the highest number of visits during R2. Don’t miss out on the chance to be featured on Airbus TV!
  • 02 April 2013

    raw draft..

    lets get and FMEA on this...
  • 01 April 2013

    lights on

    in 1, 2, 3..Airbus Fly your Ideas 2013
  • 01 April 2013

    the virus

    bring it on Tony...
  • 01 April 2013

    video begins

    thats how fast we can be...
  • 01 April 2013

    Moment of truth!

    Did you already start working on your video? At the end of R2 up to five teams will be selected for the video competition which will be decided by an online vote. Check out the tips in the Knowledge Centre to help you make a start if you didn’t do so yet!
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  • March 2013
  • 27 March 2013

    Fascinating.

    Bridge made entirely of bamboo.
  • 27 March 2013

    Video Shoot Day 1.

    The team heads for our first shoot .
  • 27 March 2013

    Marian

    Team leader being prepped for the video shoot.
  • 27 March 2013

    Collecting footage.

    Collecting footage for our final submission
  • 27 March 2013

    Molding.

    Preparing the bent laminate in a mold box
  • 27 March 2013

    Molding.

    Preparing the bent laminate in a mold box
  • 27 March 2013

    Looking for tips? Ask the Expert!

    Have you tweeted your questions for tomorrow’s live Twitter Q&A with Ian Lane, Composite Materials Expert @Airbus? He’s going to be online on 28th March at 3:30 PM GMT. Make sure to tweet to @Airbus using the hashtag #AskFlyYourIdeas. See you there!
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  • 22 March 2013

    video concept

    now the game begins.. video ideas..date at 13.00hrs Fablab engineering studios...TonY, Alex, Marian, Karlito.
  • 21 March 2013

    AESTHETICS

    Why lie, bamboo would make the flooring beautiful!!!
  • 21 March 2013

    IT CURVES!!!

    Finally managed to curve the bamboo to be used on the panel & a flat one for the flooring :-]
  • 20 March 2013

    Happy Day!

    Today we celebrate the International Day of Happiness. Fly Your Ideas is a big advocate of happiness! Together we can help travelers be happier and eco-efficient, so that a more sustainable world will also be a happier world. How are you celebrating?
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  • 20 March 2013

    Flight in 2050

    An interesting look into flight by 2050 from Airbus..!!
  • 19 March 2013

    my team ABE

    why the hard work?we are heading to the top the price is not our limit,the realization of this project it is.nothing will stop us guys....tomorrow the molding begins at 1pm we are on the run..try us.go team ABE.@ Karlito,Marianitess,Alino,Tonio
  • 19 March 2013

    The ShopBot at work

    Milling...
  • 19 March 2013

    Getting Work Done!

    Marian hard at work...
  • 18 March 2013

    Best Seats in the House..!!

    Some interesting information to consider when choosing a seat
  • 18 March 2013

    who does things like?

    Tony it can only be you mschew.......
  • 18 March 2013

    the shopbot final cut

    pro mode
  • 18 March 2013

    the design birth

    first draft outpoint
  • 18 March 2013

    the bends of the panel cross section,,,,

    serious design by team ABE....
  • 18 March 2013

    meeting201

    guys another date for the test cut of the honey comb at 13.00 hours..
  • 12 March 2013

    Another Trip to KEFRI

    Constantly travelling to and from KEFRI. Just one more month to go!
  • 06 March 2013

    Documentation

    Busy working on the documentation. SO much research to compile! A very daunting task indeed.
  • 03 March 2013

    Milling

    Using the Shopbot to mill the honeycomb:
  • February 2013
  • 26 February 2013

    1'st Prototype of the week..!!

    We finally got tool-bits so we made our first prototype .
  • 26 February 2013

    the first cut

    serious stuff...on fire...A.B.E
  • 26 February 2013

    fabrication

    panaromic cut through
  • 26 February 2013

    Honeycomb Structure

    Using the ShopBot to cut wood as a test material for the honeycomb structure!! :-)
  • 26 February 2013

    HoneyComb structure

    Shopbot cutting wood as a test material for the honeycomb structure!
  • 26 February 2013

    HoneyComb structure

    Using wood as a test subject for the honeycomb structure using the Shopbot
  • 26 February 2013

    scrable...thoughts

    meeting at the fablab at 1pm, restructuring of ideas...
  • 25 February 2013

    ABE on facebook

    follow,like,share with us on facebook. go team A.B.E
  • 25 February 2013

    Blog

    Please visit our blog for more information on our project: http://airbusteamabe.wordpress.com/
  • 25 February 2013

    Facebook Page!

    We have launched a facebook page that we hope you will like and share with others: http://www.facebook.com/AirbusTeamAbe
  • 25 February 2013

    KEFRI

    Made another visit to KEFRI. Thankfully, we were finally given authorization to use the facility. We are VERY pleased about this.
  • 25 February 2013

    Woohoo!!!

    So happy to have been selected as teamline of the week!
  • 24 February 2013

    Meet the Team...

    Top left to right: Karl Heinz, Alex Njira. Bottom left to right: Marian Muthui, Tony Mugita. And together we form: Team A.B.E.!
  • 24 February 2013

    Abaca

    As an alternative to bamboo fibre, we are now considering abaca. Read about it here: www.naturalfibres2009.org/en/fibres/abaca.html
  • 24 February 2013

    Gasp! Bamboo fibre is sustainable but not green!

    We have been playing with the idea of incorporating natural fibre-reinforced but through our reseach we now know that bamboo fibre is not ideal. Read about it here: www.gogreenstreet.com/bamboo-fiber-is-sustainable-but-not-green
  • 23 February 2013

    Sandwiched bamboo honeycomb structure

    Here is the initial 3D drawing of the sandwiched structure. The middle layer consists of the bamboo honeycomb structure while the outer layers consist of the bamboo laminates.
  • 23 February 2013

    honeycomb structure

    Here is our initial 3D drawing of the honeycomb structure.
  • 22 February 2013

    Bamboo doctor

    one step at a time at Kenya forest research Inst...
  • 22 February 2013

    Trip to Kenya Forest Research Institute.

    The team went on a very educative trip Kenya Forestry Research Institute which is the main research centre for all things bamboo in the country, here's an image of their research workshop .
  • 21 February 2013

    Bamboo Production Process

    The bamboo culms are split, dried, selected then are glued together and put in a pressing machine to produce the laminates.
  • 21 February 2013

    Workshop at KEFRI

    Image showing the the workshop at KEFRI will all the available machines and bamboo material.
  • 21 February 2013

    Site Visit to KEFRI

    Visited the Kenya Forestry Research Institute to see if we could be able to use their facilities to produce the bamboo laminates.
  • 20 February 2013

    meeting with academic mentor

    thought we had done so much research till he showed up.. awesome work
  • 19 February 2013

    Caption This... :-D

    Marian and Karl during the team meeting.
  • 19 February 2013

    Did you say bamboo fibre? Inconceivable! ;-)

    And just when you thought that bamboo couldn't get more versatile...
  • 19 February 2013

    Did You Know?

    15% of an aircraft going to landfill is largely cabin interior!
  • 19 February 2013

    Another Error 404 :D

    :)
  • 19 February 2013

    Even Another incredible Bamboo made structure! :D

    Why this amazing resource's potential is not exploited is surprising.
  • 19 February 2013

    Another Incredible bamboo-made structure

    Simply breathtaking...
  • 19 February 2013

    Incredible bamboo-made structure

    Just an example of how limitless the possibilities of bamboo are.
  • 19 February 2013

    10 amazing facts about bamboo!

    http://www.bambooki.com/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-bamboo/
  • 19 February 2013

    Error 404. :-D

    Due to technical difficulties, the photo for the previous post didn't upload, but here is the photo... :)
  • 19 February 2013

    All the colours of the bamboo spectrum...

    Here are the bamboo panels which we found being sold locally. Although they are really hard to come by.
  • 19 February 2013

    Bamboo :D

    I have never been this excited about playing with wood!! Finally going to get the Bamboo supplies :D
  • 19 February 2013

    no biundary, no limits!!!!

    our machine breakdown can't stop us from getting this project done
  • 19 February 2013

    by defenceWeb Friday, 25 January 2013 12:3

    awesome post by the defenseWeb http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29181&Itemid=247
  • 19 February 2013

    Tuesday meeting..!!

    Finally found a bamboo supplier in Nairobi.. Woo hoo
  • 19 February 2013

    airbus insp...

    the master mind of airbus' creativity, aesthetics, finish to the core and material identity and the bespoke of its planes..tops.. cabin design!!!! up to the task team A.B.E.
  • 19 February 2013

    DR.G.

    meeting with DR.G, this evening,time, will get to u guys before then..
  • 18 February 2013

    call schedule with our mentor..

    Title: Fly your idea - Airbus weekly call When: Mon 18 Feb 2013 14:00 – 14:30 (UTC) Where: Phone call (Bruno will call +254 *** *** 934 skype ) Who: Marian Muthui, Kamau Gachigi, MAITRE,Alex Njira, TOny Mugita, S.Karl Bruno*
  • 18 February 2013

    meeting....

    flying our ideas
  • 17 February 2013

    meeting.

    Hey fellas meeting on tomorrow 1pm..lets do this!!!!
  • 17 February 2013

    remember this?

    waiting for the consultant to arrive!!!loving this airbus experience..
  • 14 February 2013

    Knowledge Centre

    Just checked out the newly launched Knowledge Centre. This will be a very helpful tool in our research. Thank you Airbus! :-)
  • 12 February 2013

    Mentor

    We had our first phone call from our mentor, Mr. Maitre and we would like to welcome him to our awesome team: A.B.E.!
  • 05 February 2013

    Meeting

    Today we have scheduled a meeting for 1 p.m. at the Fab Lab.
  • 05 February 2013

    Round 2

    So proud to be one of the 3 African teams and the only Kenyan team that progressed to Round 2. -Marian
  • 05 February 2013

    "hard to work" :-)

    Our first official meeting to discuss the way forward for round 2 of the competition. -Marian
  • 05 February 2013

    YEAH!!!!! :-D

    So excited to make it to round 2. Then to Paris or bust! Go team A.B.E.! -Marian
  • January 2013
  • 15 January 2013

    round 2

    round 2
  • 15 January 2013

    Won a new Badge

    Congratulations Round 2 competitor!
    Congratulations Round 2 competitor!
    Well done on making it to Round 2. The competition is hotter than ever.
  • 06 December 2012

    Their project

    Engineering bamboo, sandwiched honeycomb structure and embedding thermal-acoustic foam to tackle the problem of using non-recyclable composites in the cabin.
  • 06 December 2012

    Won a new Badge

    Round 1 documents submitted
    Round 1 documents submitted
    Now you've submitted your questionnaire - then Round 1 is complete - well done you.
  • November 2012
  • 28 November 2012

    Kamau Gachigi

    Is the mentor of the A.B.E. team
  • 28 November 2012

    Won a new Badge

    Expert help is at hand
    Expert help is at hand
    Good job! Your academic mentor is confirmed and you are one step closer to winning.
  • 28 November 2012

    Ready, Set, Go!

    You have registered and are ready to take part in Round 1 of Fly Your Ideas! Good luck guys!
  • October 2012
  • 16 October 2012

    Alex Njira

    Entered the A.B.E. team
  • 15 October 2012

    S.Karl Heinz Tondo

    Entered the A.B.E. team
  • 15 October 2012

    Won a new Badge

    Ready to go!
    Ready to go!
    Hooray - You have accepted the invitation of your Team Leader and can now take part in Fly Your Ideas.
  • 15 October 2012

    Tony Mugita

    Entered the A.B.E. team
  • 15 October 2012

    Won a new Badge

    In it to win it
    In it to win it
    Phew! You have registered and can now take part in Fly Your Ideas
  • September 2012
  • 19 September 2012

    Marian Muthui

    Entered the A.B.E. team
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