iCAT 2018 Invited lectures

Deon de Beer
Central University of Technology, Free State, SAR
South African AM Outlook - Latest results, developments and strategies
Additive Manufacturing (AM) in South Africa started with humble beginnings in the early 1990’s. Whilst still developing an AM industry in the country, research and industry/research relationships, complemented by well-designed technology transfer strategies, have developed into an interesting model for countries wishing to develop an AM industry, to follow.

Progress have been made with government funding models, backed by a national AM Strategy, which also impacted on trade and industry and industrial development policies and strategies. The presentation will highlight key successes, and discuss the results achieved in terms of successful development of an AM Ecosystem in SA.

Deon is the incoming DST Chair: Innovation and Commercialisation of Additive Manufacturing (AM) at the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT, where he started the very successful Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing more than 21 years ago. He currently also leads the national programmes for Polymer AM and Design for AM under the Collaborative Programme on AM (CPAM).