VUT is located in a highly industrialised area with major petro-chemical, steel, engineering and manufacturing companies. It is also surrounded by communities witih poor economic backgrounds. The university takes seriously its developmental role as a university of technology and has adopted a new vision and mission that underpins its Teaching and Learning, Research and Community Engagement.Institute of Inventors and Innovators
The Institute for Inventors and Innovators is a non-profit organisation, established to assist inventors to commercialise their products. They provide the inventor with information, linkages and opportunities to make the entire process of concept to commercialization quicker and easier.ASTM
ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development of standards. ASTM committee F42 was formed in 2009 and is dedicated towards standardization of Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Processes.Laser centre wants to light up SA factories
CSIR, National Laser Centre aims to boost SA’s global competitiveness with services to business, writes Sarah WildWohlers Associates Inc.
Wohlers Associates, Inc. is an independent consulting firm that provides technical and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing.GARPA
The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) was formed to encourage the sharing of information on rapid prototyping and related subjects across international borders. RAPDASA is a proud member of GARPA.Solar sintering
In a world increasingly concerned with questions of energy production and raw material shortages, this project explores the potential of desert manufacturing, where energy and material occur in abundance. In this experiment sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process, that combines natural energy and material with high-tech production technology.