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ABSTRACT

Brickmaking is an important aspect of the ceramics curriculum, because students need to learn how to mould firebricks for studio and experimental uses. While bricks can be moulded manually, brickmaking machines are best because they give the bricks appropriate compression and strength. Whereas brickmaking machines are inalienable studio equipment, there have not been funds to procure one for the Department of Visual Arts, University of Cross River State. With a budget less than half the cost of an imported brickmaking machine, this study sought to employ standard industrial materials to design and fabricate a semi-automatic brickmaking machine for the Department. To ensure local content, the machine was designed with a touchscreen control programmed in English, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa, so that users can operate it in their own familiar languages. The semi-automatic machine was able to produce excellent quality firebricks and compressed earth bricks also.

 KEYWORDS: Brickmaking machine, Electric, DV 24v, design, fabrication

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