SA varsity promotes use of advanced technology
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA – SOUTH Africa’s Vaal University of Technology (VUT) said it was leveraging its Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP) to play a leading role in additive manufacturing (AMP) development in the country and the continent.
This follows successful outcomes of a Rapid Appraisal of Local Innovation
Systems (RALIS) the VUT’s directorate for technology transfer and
Through the RALIS audit, about 30 local sand foundries were found to be in
dire need of support.
As part of the industry-focused development approach, the TTI has acquired two Voxeljet 3D printers to support innovative product and process development for the foundry industry.
Voxeljet uses an inkjet printing approach to selectively print a binder on
powder material to create complex 3D structures.
Jan Jooster, VUT’s Director for Technology Transfer and Innovation (TTI),
said the institution was taking the lead in research and implementation of
additive manufacturing in South Africa.
“In line with the government’s research and development strategy, the TTI
is driving technological innovation to assist local industry in becoming
more competitive through the application of the latest technology,”
– CAJ News
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