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?

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.

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Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018: What to expect

3D Perspectives

“Unlocking Africa’s Aerospace and Defence potential”. This is the tagline of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 which will take place from the 19 th to 23 rd of September at the Air Force Base Waterkloof, City of Tshwane, South Africa. AAD is a real asset for Africa.

South Africa‘s First 3D-Printed Jaw Implants


In South Africa’s Kimberley Hospital Complex, doctors have successfully performed the country’s first 3D-printed jaw bone implantation. The first patient was a 31-year-old man from Kimberley, South Africa.

Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018: What to expect

3D Perspectives

“Unlocking Africa’s Aerospace and Defence potential”. This is the tagline of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 which will take place from the 19 th to 23 rd of September at the Air Force Base Waterkloof, City of Tshwane, South Africa. AAD is a real asset for Africa.

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.

MakerBot Expands to South Africa


MakerBot continues to spread its marketing umbrella across the globe, now entering Africa. The personal 3D printer manufacturer announced a partnership with Rectron South Africa to resell its equipment as the “first distribution partner in Africa.” Rectron will provide Africa with the entire line of MakerBot products. When MakerBot first entered Europe, they made arrangements with various resellers, similar to the deal they’ve made with Rectron for Africa.

German RepRap Printers Are the Focus of 3D Printing Workshop in South Africa

We have seen many, many case studies about how German RepRap has improved manufacturing and prototyping processes for industrial clients – from automotive companies to aircraft manufacturers to. View the entire article via our website. 3D Printers 3D Printing 3d printing education 3D Printing Summer School 3d printing workshops Aachen University Aachen University of Applied Sciences german reprap Laura Thurn protos v3 Tshwane University of Technology TUT

RepRap Phone Host 3d printing app is released into Windows mobile phone ecosystem

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Bananna3d is 3D printing technologies company in Pretoria, South Africa run by Gerhard de Clercq and Pieter Scholz. africa app bluetooth smartphone video windows mobile phone

AEC Industry Trends: Driving Toward Connection, Digitization, Transformation

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The following 4 examples illustrate how practitioners are unlocking data, using that data to run and refine their processes, and leading the way to the next level of industry transformation. CTCE models the process, not the product.

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Creating New Possibilities for Additive Manufacturing, Stratasys Removes Complexity From Design-to-3D Print Process

Additive Manufacturing

DALLAS — ( BUSINESS WIRE ) – February 11, 2019 – SOLIDWORKS WORLD – Empowering designers and engineers to embrace new 3D printed possibilities, Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) is further removing complexity from design-to-3D print processes. Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Stratasys Adds PEKK-Based, High-Performance Thermoplastic: Antero 800NA, for FDM Process

Additive Manufacturing

MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel — April 10, 2018 — ( BUSINESS WIRE ) — Stratasys (Nasdaq:SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, today introduced for its FDM process, a new PEKK-based high-performance thermoplastic, called Antero™ 800NA.


Wohlers Talk

It is called BrewSpoon and was developed at the Product Development Technology Station (PDTS) at Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It is a clever design that the group is now in the process of commercializing.

RAPDASA and Formnext

Wohlers Talk

I attended last week’s 19th annual conference and exhibition of the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) in Johannesburg. The development of end-to-end process chains has never been more important and was evident.

Concept Laser Has Helped Shape “Additive Manufacturing” for 15 Years

Additive Manufacturing

where value creation is focused on automation and digital process and supplier chains. Fifteen years of Concept Laser means fifteen years of successful process development. The patented process significantly reduces tension during the manufacture of very large components.

Stratasys Unveils Spin-off Evolve Additive Solutions to Focus on New “STEP” Technology

Additive Manufacturing

New company to drive Stratasys incubated innovation aimed at high-volume production using a wide range of thermoplastics at speeds comparable to conventional manufacturing processes. NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, today officially unveiled the spin-off of its Selective Toner Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology and forming of Evolve Additive Solutions. Full color printing capability – including spot and process.

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.

Webinar on ‘Big Data: The Goldmine of Precision Agriculture’ with Mr. Maximilian Birle, Head of Product Management, CNH Industrial N.V.

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Big data is expected to propel the future of farm-to-food processes ranging from seed planting to harvesting. Utilization of data services is expected to enhance productivity and reduce wastage in every agronomy process.

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The Museum of Innovation

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They can deepen their learning by getting a glimpse into the tools and processes used develop each project: design, simulation, additive manufacturing, virtual twins and more…all thanks to cloud computing.

World’s First Middle Ear Transplant Facilitated by 3D Printing Cures Deafness

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The groundbreaking surgical procedure was pioneered by Mashudu Tshifularo, MD, Head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Health Sciences, and his medical team at Steve Biko Academic Hospital , in South Africa.

Spinal Fusion Devices Market Analysis and Value Estimation

BIS Research

The process of spinal fusion is the implantation of plates or screws in replacement of intervertebral disc between the vertebras to improve stability. These devices are used in multiple combinations during the spinal fusion process for treating degenerative spinal deformities and disorders.

ARANZ Medical named 2016 Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year

3D Printing Industry

Our products are used in 35 countries around the world from Sub-Saharan Africa through to some of the biggest healthcare providers in the United States and United Kingdom.

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.

The Evolution of 3D-Printed Guitars

Wohlers Talk

I was on holiday at my parents home in South Africa and thats where I started the first one. The process evolved greatly as I learned about the engineering behind making a guitar that played and sounded good. Note: The following was authored by Olaf Diegel, associate consultant at Wohlers Associates. Just over two years ago, I started to design 3D-printed guitars to see if it could be done.

Future Testing for Architects

3D Perspectives

It helps drive speed and helps unlock creativity during the creative process. “Future Testing” approach. New technology is changing the way Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) companies are solving problems.

Anti-Aging Devices Market Offering a Plethora of Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry

BIS Research

Premature aging is an unnatural process occurring in individuals aged between 25-40 years, is however quite common in today’s time. The market is segmented under five prominent regions, namely North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa.

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

Additive Manufacturing

Companies with both metal and polymer AM services reported that more than 26% of a part’s cost is from post-processing, as shown in the accompanying chart. It has conducted highly-rated DfAM courses in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, South Africa, and the U.S.

Harvesting data to feed the world

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The penetration of cell phones in sub-Saharan Africa is phenomenal. aWhere delivers information to farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Written by Catherine Bolgar.

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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. It covers ways to reduce expensive support material to minimize pre- and post-processing of parts. Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, 16 April 2019 — Wohlers Associates, Inc.

Born to Design: The Disposable Rapid Diagnostic Test for Ebola

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The 2014 Ebola epidemic was the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa and killing over 11,000 people. The Center of Disease Control and its partners worldwide are working to prevent future outbreaks, but these efforts are easier said than done.

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Harnessing the Power of Cloud-Based Collaboration on an Architecture Project

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One of the biggest challenges we faced is managing the graceful, morphing shape of the building and the many different parts, which are fabricated in Cape Town, South Africa, that are required to achieving this flowing structure,” Cerone said. Click to Tweet: Harnessing the Power.

A STEP Forward: Career Development for Women

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I also worked as an Organizational Development Process Leader focused on change management and leadership coaching. The first priority is to improve the overall HR function – standardizing our processes, policies, and systems, while ensuring we are compliant with all laws and regulations.

DIMENSIONEXT: International 3D Printed Drone Competition


With poaching still at large in national parks in Africa where staff are limited the outomes could be very beneficial indeed. Another project partner is Dr. Tom Snitch, who has already successfully flown a UAV in a private wildlife reserve in Africa. Pages. SECTOR NEWS. REPORTS.

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

Additive Manufacturing

Designed with designers in mind, the J850(tm) 3D printer from Stratasys allows users to save weeks on the design process with exceptional print quality. Additionally, DraftGrey is a low-cost concept material that is ideal for fast, affordable iterations in the beginning of the design process.

Megacities minus mega-traffic

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It aims to make the best use of land around transit nodes and stations, attracting more people and increasing land prices in the process. “It’s Written by Catherine Bolgar. Two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

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Manufacturing Technologies Growth Trends and Forecasts

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The die casting process accounted for approximately 53.0% of pressure-die process, which allows for higher production rates within various industries. I also allows for companies to minimize finishing and post-processing in their operations.

Blueprint Launches Technology Enablement Program – Helping Businesses More Fully Adopt Additive Manufacturing

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Achieving strategic benefits like streamlined global supply chains or an improved new product development process requires communication across the organization, and communication requires a shared language. Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Wohlers Associates and America Makes Offer Course on Design for Additive Manufacturing for Managers and Executives

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End-use parts and tooling rely heavily on designing in a way that optimizes for the AM process. Wohlers Associates has conducted DfAM courses in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, South Africa, and the U.S.

New Stratasys J55 3D Printer Gives Designers Affordable, Office-friendly, Full-Color 3D Printing to Validate New Product Designs Quickly

Additive Manufacturing

We developed this innovative new 3D printer to truly transform the product development process for product designers and engineers everywhere,” said Omer Krieger, Executive Vice President of Products at Stratasys.

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Boom Supersonic Signs Seven-Year Partnership Extension with Stratasys for 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing

requires a new approach to manufacturing processes,” said Rich Garrity, President Americas, Stratasys. The AIS package offers aerospace manufacturers the documentation and training necessary to guide the complex qualification process.

Stratasys Announces Resignation of Ilan Levin as CEO and Director

Additive Manufacturing

Fulfilling the real-world potential of additive, Stratasys delivers breakthrough industry-specific applications that accelerate business processes, optimize value chains and drive business performance improvements for thousands of future-ready leaders. Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Open-source Thinking is Revolutionizing Medical Device Development

3D Perspectives

In Africa, they’re highly trained people—the WHO [World Health Organization] does a great job of that—but the facilities they have access to, clean water, the resources for cleaning equipment the right way, aren’t as good. Written by Catherine Bolgar.

Big Dog Productions and Jay Leno Team With Stratasys to Engineer High Performance 3D Printed Parts for Classic Autos

Additive Manufacturing

As a lover of classic cars, I’m always looking to push the boundaries of what’s possible in creation and re-creation of these vehicles – and 3D printing is integral to this process,” said Jay Leno.