South Africa

Wohlers Talk

I spent last week in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, at RAPDASA 2016. It was the 17th annual conference and exhibition of the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa. What do these and other developments in South Africa have in common?

AM in Africa

Wohlers Talk

Yesterday, I recently returned from my 22nd visit to Africa. Twenty of them have been to South Africa where additive manufacturing activity is the strongest. In fact, I estimate that 99% of AM work on the continent has occurred in the country.

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Progress in South Africa

Wohlers Talk

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) held its 16th annual conference near Pretoria last week. One interesting development is the growth of the Idea 2 Product (I2P) labs, not only in South Africa, but also in other parts of the world.

3D Printing in Africa: 3D Printing in Ghana

This is in comparison with other active countries such as South Africa or Kenya. 3D Design 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials Science & Technology 3d printed drone 3d printing 3D printing assistive technology 3d printing education 3d printing partnerships africa 3d printing disabilities e-nable Ghana makerbot3D printing in Ghana can be considered to be in transition from the early to middle stage of development.

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Collaboration Leads to South Africa's First Platinum 3D Print

Platinum is seen by many as the most precious of the precious metals, a material to be found only in the rarest and most expensive jewelry. 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials Metal 3D Printing 3D printed platinum 3d printed ring Central University of Technology eos EOSINT M 280 Lonmin North West University Platforum platinum platinum powder RAPDASA south africa Vaal University of Technology

Interview with Massimo Bricchi of Kuraray on 3D Printing Biodegradable Materials

3D Printing 3D Printing Materials Exclusive Interviews 3d printing biodegradable 3d printing interview 3d printing materials africa biodegradable chemicals fdm 3d printer fff 3d printer Kuraray material water soluble 3D printing materialMassimo Bricchi Massimo Bricchi is Kuraray Europe‘s Regional Marketing Manager. The company is involved in the production of chemicals and resins, fibers and textiles, high-performance.

Surgeons in South Africa complete first 3D printing-based ear operation

3E Rapid Prototyping

In a recent game-changing operation in healthcare and the 3D printing industry, a team of surgeons in South Africa has completed a successful middle ear transplant using titanium. The material has to be compatible with the human body or the reconstructed ear will not function correctly.

Interview with Riddhi Maharaj on 3D Printing Space Systems in Africa

NewSpace Logo Riddhi Maharaj is a Materials Engineer at NewSpace Systems. In this interview, we discuss 3D printing with respect to Space components design, product development and Lean engineering. View the entire article via our website. 3D Printer Reviews 3D Printing 3D Printing Events Exclusive Interviews Science & Technology 3d printing 3d printing research Lean engineering product development Space systems

Surgeons in South Africa complete first 3D printing-based ear operation

3E Rapid Prototyping

In a recent game-changing operation in healthcare and the 3D printing industry, a team of surgeons in South Africa has completed a successful middle ear transplant using titanium. Surgeons at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa reconstructed the hammer, anvil and stirrup ossicles for a patient from 3D printed titanium. The material has to be compatible with the human body or the reconstructed ear will not function correctly.

How Safe are the Titanium Powders Used in 3D Printing?

3D Printing 3D Printing Materials Metal 3D Printing 3d printing safety particles south africa titanium powderHow safe is additive manufacturing? That’s a question that has been asked multiple times, and has been the subject of multiple research studies. In a recent study entitled “Titanium. View the entire article via our website.

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Interview with Hans Fouche on his African Large Scale Pellet 3D Printer the Cheetah

3D Design 3D Printers 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials Exclusive Interviews 3D ceramics 3d printed invention 3d printing africa 3d printing interviews 3d printing materials cheetah 3d printer fouche 3d printing fouche printer hans fouche potteryHans Fouche is an Inventor and Engineer, who is fascinated with 3D Printing. In this interview, we discuss his invention, which is the Cheetah 3D printer and his outlook on. The post Interview. View the entire article via our website.

Kenyan and Zimbabwean Researchers Study 3D Printed Polymer/PLA on Fabric

Researchers from Kenya and Zimbabwe are tackling more complex 3D printing adhesion and material topics in their recently published, ‘Use of regression to study the effect of fabric parameters. 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials 3d printed polymers 3D printing adhesion 3D printing with textiles africa Fabric pla

Understanding Complex Material Behavior – Plasticity Models

The Solidworks Blog

There are geometric, material, and contact nonlinearities that can result from modeling with complex materials. Plasticity models in Structural Performance Engineer mimic real-world materials from plastics to metals, from ABS to aluminum.

3D printing news Sliced SketchFab, Sinterit, Vivo, MakerBot, HP, ExOne

3D Printing Industry

Can 3D printing materials combat skin infections within amputees? Materials Alban Denoyel Alex Feng Bambshell Benjamin Houlton Build Volume Ciska Barnard Copper3d Daniel Martínez Exone George Brasher HP Konrad Glowacki Makerbot makerbot tough Miss South Africa Pageant MWC Shanghai 2018 PLACTIVE Renovis Surgical Technologies S. How can 3D printing reduce a company’s carbon footprint? Would you wear 3D printed swimwear accessories?

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3D Printing News Briefs: October 6, 2017

3D Printers 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials Business Medical 3D Printing Metal 3D Printing 3d printed parts 3d printed prototypes 3D printing filaments additive and subtractive manufacturing Canada Cimquest cobalt chrome contest digital manufacturing DuPont EMEA german reprap hp inc. slm solutions SLM Solutions Group south africa stainless steel televison thermoplastic elastomer filaments titanium TV series tv show ultimaker Ultimaker 2+ Advanced Ultimaker 3Happy Friday!

Tinkerine Studios and PRECISE Group Sign Distribution Deal for Middle East & African Markets

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Materialise Sets Out to Streamline the 3D Printing Industry at MWC 2015

3D Printing Industry

And, yet, that is exactly what Materialise wants to do and has begun to do, being of of the few companies that occupies just about every segment of 3D printing and uniting within itself several different AM technologies, design software, materials, scanners, and complete service solutions.…

3D Printing News Briefs: August 29, 2017

We’ve got a lot of 3D printing business news to shareion today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, along with some news on competitions, 3D printing material, and some 3D printed clothing. View the entire article via our website.

South African Architect Launches Design for Partially 3D Printed Concrete Sunglasses

Concrete is a material that has been both underestimated and overused in turn throughout its presence in design history. 3D Design 3D Printing 20 eight 3d printed eyewear 3d printed sunglasses architect concrete CS Project eyewear glasses Handre de la Rey ppc imaginarium award south africa sunglassesIts brand identity seems to be that of heavy, solid, and indestructible, and. View the entire article via our website.

Desert 3d printing in Morroco with WASP clay Delta

DIY 3D Printing

They make a traditional construction mix from local materials and use it in their machine to make some pottery or construction elements. 3d printed buildings africa clay italy wasp wasp 3d printer WASP from Italy is making some big Deltas that 3d print in clay mixtures.

On Kickstarter Now: 3D Print the Difference with Reflow Recycled Filament & Help African Wastepickers

3D printing is a technology, science, and art that revolves around materials—and with continual and amazing innovations also comes the constant concern of environmental impact. 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials 3d printer filament 3D printing recycled plastic filament 3d printing sustainably africa amsterdam Environmentally friendly 3D printing kickstarter Netherlands PET 3D printing filament recycled filament Reflow 3D printing filament sustainability Tanzania

South African Maker's New Year's Resolution: Create a New 3D Print Every Day in 2017

3D Printing 3D Printing Materials #3dprint365 3d printed characters 3d printed star wars 3d printer filament BinarySpace failed prints functional 3D print holiday 3d prints makerspace new year's eve pangolin south africa the new year thingiverseDo you ever make New Year’s resolutions? While I love New Year’s Eve, I’ve never been a fan of making a big resolution once midnight has come and gone; I think the last one I made. View the entire article via our website.

3D Printing News Briefs: February 20, 2018

We’ve got a lot of business news to catch you up on in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, starting with an acquisition and a new agreement. 3D printing software provider Beamler has. View the entire article via our website.

Polylactic Acid (PLA) – An Environment Friendly and Non-Toxic 3D Printing Plastic Material

BIS Research

The growth and advancements in the 3D printing technology have paved way for high growth opportunities in multiple segments such as printers, consulting service providers, 3D printing services, and the materials used in the 3D printing process.

Stratasys Unleashes Brilliant Design and Productivity with the New J850 3D Printer and Materials

Additive Manufacturing

Stratasys Unleashes Brilliant Design and Productivity with the New J850 3D Printer and Materials. In addition, the J850’s larger, seven-material capacity enables designers to print a full range of color, transparency and flexibility combinations in a single part.

Stratasys Unveils Range of Advanced Materials for Production-Grade 3D Printing Applications

Additive Manufacturing

Stratasys Unveils Range of Advanced Materials for Production-Grade 3D Printing Applications. Meeting the specific requirements of 3D printed applications in manufacturing, these materials can accommodate high temperatures and challenging requirements common on the production floor.

The Week in 3D Printing: Magic Materials, Tantalizing Techniques, Printing People, and Winning the Wind

Shapeways Blog

We watched in awe as new materials and techniques emerged from unexpected places, considered a future where organs are replaceable with 3D printing, and envisioned a taller turbine, all this week in 3D printing.

Audi Adopts Stratasys Full Color Multi-Material 3D Printing to Innovate and Accelerate

Additive Manufacturing

For the production of tail light covers, Audi estimates a reduction in prototyping lead times by up to 50 percent using unique Stratasys full-color, multi-material 3D printing (Photo: Business Wire). Ultra-realistic color, multi-material prototyping accelerates design.

Stratasys Expands Triple-Jetting Technology with New Multi-Material 3D Printers

Additive Manufacturing

Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 deliver high throughput 3D printing while combining multiple materials for prototyping and production tooling. The Objet500 Connex1 Multi-material 3D Printer improves throughput by doubling material capacity and increasing unattended run time.

Pembient to 3D Print Rhino Horns in Laissez-Faire Conservation Attempt

3D Printing Industry

Since 2007, rhino poaching has been on the rise with a record 1215 rhinos killed for their horns last year in South Africa alone. 3D Printing Animals Environment Materials NewsBy Andrew Wheeler.

New Stratasys ASA Thermoplastic is UV-Resistant and Has Best Aesthetics Among FDM 3D Printing Materials

Additive Manufacturing

Nasdaq: SSYS ), aleading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced availability of a new thermoplastic material option for its FDM-based production 3D printers: ASA ( Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate ). South Africa.

Chocolate Factory Overcomes Costly Machinery Downtime by Replacing Metal Parts with Stratasys High-Performance Composite 3D Printing Material

Additive Manufacturing

Van de Rijzen uses Stratasys’ high-performance FDM Nylon 12CF composite material , a carbon-filled thermoplastic containing 35% chopped carbon-fiber. The success of the 3D printed part was instantly clear – the material is impossible to bend,” says van de Rijzen.

Next Generation Refrigerants – A Step Toward Zero Ozone Depletion and Carbon Footprint Reduction!

BIS Research

This rising concern of environmental impact and global warming propelled the demand for next generation refrigerants in chemicals and advanced material industry.

DfAM at Materialise

Wohlers Talk

Key service providers from South Africa and China also participated. The advanced, three-day course from Wohlers Associates took a deep dive into methods of DfAM, including the capabilities and limitations of most AM processes and materials and consolidating many parts into one.

Getting Acquainted with Complex Relationships in FEA

The Solidworks Blog

Using a connector, you can quickly transfer models (including the boundary conditions and the materials) within SOLIDWORKS Simulation to SIMULIAworks. There are geometric, material, and contact nonlinearities that can result from modeling with complex materials.

CSU’s Idea2Product Lab

Wohlers Talk

The lab was modeled after Idea 2 Product (I2P) labs originally launched in South Africa by professor Deon de Beer. The lab boasts 20 3D printers of both material extrusion and vat photopolymerization technologies.

CTC Unveils New “Giant 3D Printer”

3D Printing Review

Whether you live in the United States, Europe, South Africa, or China, each and every day there are more and more companies and individuals getting involved with the technology. Printing Materials: PLA and ABS. 3D printing is a global phenomenon.

Christmas Advent 3D Printing #Day 11 Advice using Proto-Pasta Magnetic Iron PLA and Conductive Graphite


There is a material for every project. It's probably the material people ask me most questions about - usually after seeing the finished models. The reason why this material often catches the eye, it that you can make it rust.

Future Testing for Architects

3D Perspectives

They met the need for a high level of control and the ability to coordinate the fabricator and the construction site that are both thousands of miles away from their design offices in New York, with the materials prefabricated in Cape Town, South Africa. “Future Testing” approach.

Latest report on “Global Industry Study on 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace & Defence Market by Application, Type, Manufacturers, and Regions, Forecast up to 2021”.

RPM Tools

Plastics Material 2. Ceramics Material 3. Metals Material 4. Other Material Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into 1. Latin America 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace & Defence Market, Middle and Africa.

Checking out a Statasys uPrint SE Plus system and a Radiolab skull

Tales of a 3D Printer

The Taung Skull (named such because it was discovered in 1924 in Taung, South Africa) is a fossilized skull of a young member of the Australopithecus africanus species, in intermediate between apes and humans, and considered the first evidence of bipedal walking.

Wohlers Associates Identifies Design as a Critical Factor in AM Economics and Adoption

Additive Manufacturing

Post-processing can include powder removal, thermal stress relief, support material removal, surface treatment and finishing, and inspection. Print time and cost are determined largely by shape, mass, support material, and orientation when an AM part is built.

Wohlers Associates, Inc. – Design for Additive Manufacturing Course in Cooperation with Airbus and ZAL in Hamburg, Germany

Additive Manufacturing

The company has conducted this highly rated course in Australia, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, and the U.S. Topics covered in the training include the consolidation of many parts into one and methods to reduce material and weight, such as topology optimization and lattice/mesh structures.