A Huge Thank You to all of the Conference Sponsors

If you wish to sponsor this year’s conference, please send a mail to info@rapdasa.org

Sponsor Company Profiles



The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, commonly known as the CSIR, is a world-class African research and development organisation established through an Act of Parliament in 1945. Its executive authority is the Minister of Science and Technology. The CSIR undertakes directed, multidisciplinary research and technological innovation that contribute to the improved quality of the life of South Africans.

The organisation plays a key role in supporting government’s programmes through directed research that is aligned with the country’s priorities, the organisation’s mandate and its science, engineering and technology competences. The CSIR fosters partnerships with a network of partner organisations and clients, regionally and abroad, as part of a global sphere of influence on matters of technology.

We draw expertise from diverse research fields to provide integrated solutions and interventions to support a broad range of national development programmes, as set out in the National Development Plan. Our national footprint is testament to our commitment to serving diverse communities and sectors, with the CSIR’s main campus located in Pretoria and our regional offices in Durban, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch – in proximity to applicable industries across the country.



The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa is a national support programme that drives the transition of South African industry towards a green economy through appropriate resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) interventions.

The NCPC-SA’s mission is to drive RECP in industrial and selected commercial and public sectors by equipping them to operate in an efficient, sustainable and competitive manner, contributing to a low carbon and green economy through industry and company support, green skills development and advocacy and awareness-raising.



Siemens was founded in 1923 and played an impressive role in shaping the technological evolution of Germany, Europe and the rest of the world. Today Siemens is one of the largest industrial manufacturing companies in the world and a leader in developing & distributing software which helps create a digital enterprise in any industry.

Amid unprecedented change and the rapid pace of innovation, digitalization is no longer tomorrow’s idea. We take what the future promises tomorrow and makes it real for our customers today.

Where today meets tomorrow.



CUT is proud to have been chosen as the host of RAPDASA Conference 2019. Hosting this conference is a huge honour for CUT and CRPM, as it brings about many huge opportunities for our students and academics to work with some of the brightest minds in the business and we are extremely pleased that we have been chosen as the host for this conference.    This is based on many years of investment that CUT has put in CRPM. Today there is more scope for innovation and development than ever before, and those who set foot on Free State soil for this conference will soon be examining how best to use 3D printing technology to further improve the quality of life for people across the globe.  Big thanks to our partners; much of this work cannot be achieved without their support. The university remains committed to strengthening the research and innovation capacity in this field so that we see an increase in the production of world-class postgraduate programmes and high-quality outputs for research and commercialization activities.



Increased well-being and prosperity through science, technology and innovation (STI), is at the heart of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)’s (previously known as the Department of Science and Technology) work.  It provides leadership, an enabling environment and resources for STI in support of South Africa’s development.

Most of the DSI’s programmes are implemented by science councils and public entities such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the National Research Foundation (which manages national facilities like the South African Astronomical Observatory, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and the South African Environmental Observation Network), the Human Sciences Research Council, the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Technology Innovation Agency and the South African Space Agency.  The National Advisory Council on Innovation and the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions are also linked to the Department.  The National Intellectual Property Management Office is a specialised service delivery unit of the Department.

Cabinet approved the Department’s New White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation in March this year. The document sets a long-term policy direction to boost economic development and inclusive growth.

The new White Paper, which identifies the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a key focus, places STI at the centre of South Africa’s development agenda.




EOS is the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.



At the Product Development Technology Station (PDTS) we take new or existing ideas and convert them into products. We have a team of creative and skilled professionals, based at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, with close to two decades of experience. Our services developed to assist clients, innovators, and entrepreneurs with a variety of solutions and concepts to effectively get their ideas to the market. We do this as a Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) station by providing a comprehensive product development service. This includes a variety of services, ranging from CNC Machining, Injection Moulding, 3D scanning, Vacuum casting, 3D printing, producing CAD designs, electronic and firmware development, and even branding and design. The PDTS assists in two ways. We either provide a specific service as part of the production process or can help develop a new product from start to finish. We see product development as an adventure and journey we walk with our clients.




SIMTEQ Engineering represents the top analysis software developers of the world in Southern Africa. We sell the technology, provide engineering support and training as well as specialised consulting services on all the key products from MSC Software.

We have helped manufacturing customers save time and money and enabled innovative and successful product development across all industries.


MSC Software develops simulation software technology that enables engineers to validate and optimize their designs using virtual prototypes. Customers in almost every part of manufacturing and product development use our software to eliminate physical trail-and-error processes to make their products better and getting them to market faster.



The VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park is a strategic technology hub in the Southern Gauteng region and is based in Sebokeng in the Vaal. It is supported by a multi-disciplinary skilled workforce, with 172 hectares of land and boasts world class technology programmes in Advanced Manufacturing, all geared to support industrialisation and job creation. To capitalise on our unique value proposition, we will make an impact in the region through focusing our capabilities in driving two flagship programmes, one in Advanced Manufacturing and the other in Agriculture Revitalization. The Advanced Manufacturing Precinct focuses on advanced product design and manufacturing for industries, particularly in the foundry and pioneering manufacturing sector. The facility functions as a service bureau, supporting local industry and entrepreneurs, as well as providing research support to local and international researchers. We offer a range of prototyping and manufacturing technologies, including binder jetting (BJ), fused deposition modelling (FDM) and laser sintering (LS). The facility has the ability to create useable prototypes and final components quickly and accurately, in a range of materials.



By choosing Volume Graphics, you can rely on more than 20 years of experience in the development of software for non-destructive testing based on industrial CT. Our software covers all your requirements related to metrology, defect detection and assessment, material properties, or simulations. Join users around the world, who choose Volume Graphics software for quality assurance in product development and production. Get the decisive advantage: The ability to gain reliable insights and make better products.



The research group 3D Innovation @ Stellenbosch University (3DI for short) was established in 2019, with the aim to advance research in all aspects of 3D technologies, particularly additive manufacturing (3D printing) and X-ray tomography (3D scanning), with a dash of biomimicry often involved. This research group is headed by Prof Anton du Plessis who also manages the CT scan facility. This group falls under Physics in the Faculty of Science. The group is also associated with the newly established Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBE) at Stellenbosch University.

For more please see http://blogs.sun.ac.za/duplessis


Research Chairs initiative was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation as response to requirements of the industry, to improve research and innovation capacity of public universities for producing high quality postgraduate students and research and innovation in South Africa. In July 2015 the Central University of Technology has been awarded the South African Research Chair in Medical Product development through Additive Manufacturing. The focus of our research is directed to patient specific prostheses, medical devices and different types of medical equipment through Additive Manufacturing. A multi-disciplinary team works on AM materials, design and processes for biomedicine.



In February 2003 3D Solids Software Solutions became the Distributors for Stratasys Rapid Prototyping

Systems and Dimension 3D Printers.

In January 2009 the company name was changed to 3D Solids Additive Manufacturing Technology. A name reflecting its core business focus, for the sales and support of the Stratasys FDM Systems – Fortus F380mc; F450mc & F900mc, and Stratasys F123 Series of FDM Industrial Grade 3D Printers.

Russell Oosterlaak is the sole owner and CEO of the company 3D Solids AMT has been a Stratasys partner for the past 20 years. New offices were built in August 2011, situated in Pretoria. The web Sites of the American Products we market in the Southern African market : www.Stratasys.com

The South African website is : www.3dsolids.co.za


Metal Casting technology Station (MCTS) is an initiative of Department of Science and innovation (DSI) managed by Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and hosted by University of Johannesburg, at the Faculty of Engineering and the built environment. The MCTS’ primary function is to act as a partner for metal casting industry in South Africa to provide technical support to improve the competitiveness of industry through:

  • Applied research and development activities
  • Technology demonstration and transfer
  • Human Capital development
  • Process and product development

The MCTS is an ISO 9001:2015 certified with the following capabilities:

Full green sand and chemical bonded sand testing facilities. Mechanical and Metallurgical Testing (Such as hardness, Tensile and Impact test) which is 17025 SANAS accredited

Material characterisation facilities using high level techniques such Scanning Electron. Microscopy (SEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) X-ray fluorescence)) XRF. Small scale casting with 5kg and 50 kg induction melting furnaces

The MCTS has close working relationship with local partners such as SAIF, NFTN, TLIU, Recapatilise cluster programme and international partnership with IK4 Azterlan (Spain), Central Metallurgical Research and development institute (Egypt), Freiberg University (Germany), and MPM infosoft (India), University Of Wisconsin Platteville (USA)

www.metalcasting.co.za or www.uj.ac.za


AM Ventures establishes the industry-leading ecosystem to build scalable value chains that enable serial production of advanced applications!

AM Ventures Holding GmbH is an independent, strategic investor based in Munich, Germany. The company has established an ecosystem consisting of sustainable strategic investments and a strong partner network to utilize advanced manufacturing technologies, in particular additive manufacturing, for serial production.

The unique ecosystem consists of hardware, software, material and application ventures as well as production hubs around the world besides various partnerships with large corporations focusing on the production of disruptive applications. The market leaders in additive manufacturing (EOS Group), laser scanning technology (Scanlab) and the newly founded AM manufacturing expert (AM Global) are sister companies of AMV.




3D Printing Systems SA opened its doors for business in 2013. Our aim was to bring the UP portable desktop 3D printer range to the South African market. The UP range had the UP Plus 2 and the UP mini, two very reliable and easy-to-use printers. This was followed by the UP BOX and UP BOX+ and this year, we have added a superb new printer to the range. We would like to introduce the all new UP300 3D printer to the RAPDASA delegates. The UP300 is designed for users needing a large build volume (255mm x 205mm x 225mm) and consistent performance across different materials. It combines new innovations with improved UP features and renowned reliability.



Metal Heart was established with the core purpose of providing South Africa with the first of its kind manufacturing HUB focusing mainly on “Metal Additive Manufacturing”.  Founded with a strong emphasis on using high technology manufacturing methods, Metal Heart will deliver components and solutions to clients at competitive pricing structures.  Our aim is to change the way you see and understand the manufacturing world forever.



Rapid 3D is a business, originally founded by a family of engineers, is thriving due to a strong focus on workeable, reliable 3D printing solutions. Solutions that make good business sense. Rapid 3D is proud to be the official distributors, in Southern Africa, for the world’s leading 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing brands. These principal brands include EOS (Electro Optical Systems GmbH), EnvisionTEC, Markforged, 3D Systems, 3D Platform and Zortrax.  Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing are relevant to many industries.  As such, one vendor cannot excel in all industries. It is for this reason that Rapid 3D have carefully chosen the best-in-class vendors for each of the industries we serve. This strategy allows us to offer best-fit technology to each of our customers, without having to compromise due to vendor technology lock-in.

www.rapdid3d.co.za and www.rapid3dparts.co.za


The Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) is located at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) in Bloemfontein and was established in 1997 as part of a research initiative. Today CRPM is considered to be one of the top Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing centres in the world and the only one of its kind in Africa, with 10 machines able to produce parts in a number of materials, each with its own special application. CRPM is currently the only entity in South Africa that offers two certified 3D printing materials for biomedical applications for either nylon surgical models and guides, or titanium implants. The CRPM skillset also includes the manufacturing of external silicone facial prosthetics as well as intra-oral obturators.

The CRPM is a dedicated and compassionate team of people that, through this project, aims to improve the quality of life of South African citizens with facial deformaties by making use of state-of-the-art 3D printing technology.