Design and Development of Affordable Tool for Metal Handicraft

  • Kiran Kumari MahatoEmail author
  • Pratul Chandra Kalita
  • Amarendra Kumar Das
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)


The basic motivation of the study is to improve the quality of life of the people working in the metal handicraft sector in Assam, through design intervention in tool design with application of appropriate technology. A case study of brass metal manufacturing industry of Assam has been considered. This research is carried out to improve the ‘beading process’ involved in brass metal craft manufacturing process with tool design intervention. Initial field study was conducted to identify and prioritize the scope of design intervention in tool design to ease the manufacturing process of brass metal craft. It comprised the study of the existing manufacturing process, tools and machinery involved and problems associated with the existing process. Concepts were developed based on appropriate technology. After refinement of concepts, CAD model and prototype were developed. The CAD models were validated and tested with workers. The result established that newly designed tool is affordable and easy to use. It can also substantially improve the quality and productivity. The paper discusses the initiative of design intervention, as an interface between traditional and modern tools developed for brass metal craft manufacturing, aiming towards the improvement of livelihood of the workers.


Design for development Tool design Brass metal handicraft Appropriate technology Sustainability Design management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kiran Kumari Mahato
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pratul Chandra Kalita
    • 1
  • Amarendra Kumar Das
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DesignIndian Institute of Technology GuwahatiGuwahatiIndia

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