PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR ON
DESIGN AND ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF TITANIUM AND PLATINUM GROUP METALS PARTS
Hosted by the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)
Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa
Date: Monday, 30 October 2023
Time: 8:30 to 17:00
Based on South Africa’s position among the world’s four largest producers of titanium raw material, a national Titanium Metal Industry Strategy was developed by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). In 2009 the Titanium Centre of Competence was established as an implementation vehicle of this strategy. Additive manufacturing of titanium alloys featured as one of the technology platforms of the Titanium Centre of Competence.
Following on the need for a national additive manufacturing plan expressed by the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) in 2012, the DSI commissioned the development of a South African Additive Manufacturing Strategy. This strategy was published in 2016 (see SA AM Strategy) and provides guidance to South African players in identifying economic opportunities, addressing technology gaps, focusing development programmes and informing investment decisions that would eventually enable individual local companies and industry sectors to become global leaders in selected areas of additive manufacturing.
Early in 2015 the national Collaborative Program in Additive Manufacturing (CPAM), funded by the DSI, was initiated to pursue implementation of this strategy. This program is executed by a consortium consisting of the CSIR National Laser Centre, Central University of Technology, Free State, Aerosud, Stellenbosch University, Northwest University, Vaal University of Technology, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand and Rapid3D. An important sub-program of the CPAM is aimed at Qualification of Additive Manufacturing of Ti6Al4V for Medical Implants and Aerospace Components.
Since 2016 research on additive manufacturing of platinum was initiated by CUT. In the subsequent years this initiative developed into a sub-program of the CPAM known as Additive Manufacturing of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). Due to the growing prominence PGM products in South Africa, it was decided to expand this seminar to also include the design and additive manufacturing of PGM parts
This one-day seminar features research and development related to the CPAM sub-program on Qualification of Additive Manufacturing of Ti6Al4V for Medical Implants and Aerospace Components. In addition, research on the development and additive manufacturing of PGM alloys will be presented. It provides an opportunity for postgraduate students from the collaborating institutions and others to present their research to an international audience. Through their participation many of these students get their first exposure to the process of preparing and submitting conference papers for peer review and subsequent presentation in the seminar.