Industry and Manufacturing
How to Make a Rope and Washer Pump
Shows how to make a simple, cheap, pump suitable for small-holding and garden use, a pump which can raise water from rivers or wells, with lifts of up to 30 metres. A simple clear text, with line drawings, showing how common materials can be used.
Dyeing and Printing
The text and line drawings describe chemical dyeing and printing techniques as they apply to small-scale operations, and how to plan for small-scale production.(Published in the Small-scale Textiles series).
Wood and Woodworking Tools
This handbook describes a range of hand tools and simple muscle-powered machinery appropriate to developing countries where abundant labour can offset the problems of limited funds or unreliable sources of energy for mechanization.
The basic principles of spinning are described by the text and line drawings, and are supplemented by descriptions of methods of testing spun yarn quality; different types of small-scale spinning machines; and how to plan (Published in the Small-scale Textiles series).
Sustainable Industrial Development
Successful, established AT projects: forestry in Swaziland, Kenyan stoves, micro-hydro in Nepal, boats and cement plants in India, industries in Ghana and small grain production in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Can the benefits be sustained beyond the project?
Low Cost Printing for Development
For development and education workers, guidance on do-it-yourself printing methods which are simple and can be used with home-made equipment. Suggests when it is easier to go to a commercial printer and includes advice on setting up a print shop.
How to Make a Metal-Bending Machine
Using simple plans and photographs this booklet describes the construction and assembly of a metal-bending machine, whose main feature is the ability to form wheel rims from cold flat mild steel; this wheel can be used on farm carts and other basic equipment.
How to Make Planes, Cramps and Vices
The ability to make one’s own tools is invaluable in developing countries for a number of reasons: First, the cost of western imports put them out of reach of all but a small proportion of practising carpenters. Second, it is the aim of all developing countries to become increasingly self-sufficient...
Small-scale Industries Promotion in India
This study illustrates the influence of small-scale industries on the direction of a country's industrial development - through a survey of the work of the Birla Institute of Technology. The history of the Institute's work is combined with case studies of industrial business. The Ghanaian author imp...
How to Make a Foot-Operated Workshop Drill
Describes how to build a drilling machine appropriate for rural workshops, and gives full assembly instructions. The machine, which is a vertical drill for use with either metal or wood, can drill holes up to 12mm in diameter in 12mm steel plates.