Manufacturing

The range of advanced machines in the Stellenbosch Technology Centre – Laboratory for Advanced Manufacturing (STC-LAM) in the Department of Industrial Engineering can be utilised in the fields of reverse engineering, computer-aided design, quality control and rapid product development. This well-equipped Laboratory places it in an excellent position to make a giant contribution towards the tooling industry in South Africa.

The STC already works closely with the tooling industry to expand skills and expertise and to improve competitiveness of manufacturers in especially the small, medium and micro industries. This is done by presenting workshops, industry days and short courses, as well as carrying out research and providing services to industry.

In order to expand expertise in the tooling industry, the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) provided a mandate to the National Tooling Initiative (NTIP), a non-profit initiative, to develop short courses for training and to establish centres where training can be presented. The excellent machinery and expertise in the STC makes this facility ideally suited to be set up and operated as such a centre. Therefore, the STC-LAM has become involved in the NTIP programme and is currently being organised and equipped to train artisans and toolmakers for industry. Future prospects include the presentation of two, two-year programmes comprising of tailored modules for the training of Master Artisans and Masters in Tooling.

The STC has several partners, the two most important probably being the Institute for Advanced Tooling (IAT) and Fraunhofer IWU. The Institute for Advanced Tooling (Western Cape) is housed in the STC and also contributes towards the acceleration and expansion of research and development in the tooling industry. Cooperation between industry and the STC and its partners is excellent. This cooperation implies, firstly, that the STC and its partners do not compete with industry, but that they specifically support industry with design, manufacturing and research. Secondly, the STC provides industry access to its expensive machinery, which the small, medium and micro industries cannot afford to acquire.

Professor Tiaan Oosthuizen heads the research group in the STC.

1. Technological and Experimental Base

2. Third Stream Funds

1. Knowledge Generation

2. Human Capital Development

 

Research Group Members:

 

Dimitri Dimitrov
STC-LAM Researcher & Emeritas Professor
Research Groups:
RPD/IAT
Manufacturing

Theuns Dirkse van Schalkwyk
Senior Lecturer
Research Groups:
Manufacturing

Devon Hagedorn-Hansen
Junior Lecturer: Manufacturing Systems
Research Groups:
STC-LAM

Stephen Matope
Senior Lecturer
Research Groups:
Manufacturing

Tiaan Oosthuizen
Associate Professor
HEAD of STC-LAM

Research Groups:
STC-LAM
Manufacturing

André van der Merwe
Associate Professor
Research Groups:
Manufacturing

 

State-of-the-Art Machinery:

Hermle C40 5 Axis Milling Machine

DMG Mori 3 Axis CNC Milling Machine

DMG Mori CTX Beta 800 TC Turn-Mill

Agies Charmilles SP3U EDM Spark

Agies Charmilles CA20 EDM Wire

Concept Laser M2 LaserCusing Machine