Several organisations leading South Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution were recognized at the inaugural African Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards at the Tramways in Port Elizabeth last night (November 7).
Awards were made to 25 organisations in six categories, according to the organisers, as a means to identify, promote and reward innovation in the advanced manufacturing and composites industry, including 3D printing, robotics and automation.
Prof Gerrie Booysen of the Central University of Free State received the Gold Award for Scholarly Impact in Advanced Manufacturing for the work done by the centre for rapid prototyping and manufacturing (CRPM) around patient-specific titanium printed facial implants.
Working with state hospitals and doctors, the high tech work of the University has transformed the lives of hundreds of patients with muscular-skeletal irregularities.
Vaal University of Technology, earned a Gold Award for Industry Advancement in Advanced Manufacturing through the VUT Science and Technology Park.
The Park is an ambitious Additive Manufacturing project with cross-sectoral industries, working within communities via the collaborative program for additive manufacturing (CPAM).
Small and big industry has access to technology, including Laser Sintering (LS), Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)