Smart Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing

Field of Research: Smart Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing

Lecturer: Devon Hagedorn-Hansen

Manufacturing is the processing of raw materials into finished goods through the use of tools, machines, and processes. Manufacturing processes and technologies are fast growing towards becoming smart, sustainable, and more advanced. Research areas of interest include Additive Manufacturing, Subtractive Manufacturing, Resource Efficient Process Chains, Manufacturing Systems, Biologicalisation in Manufacturing, and Learning Factories.
• Additive manufacturing (AM) is commonly referred to as 3D printing (Rapid Prototyping). AM is gaining popularity in industries such as the aerospace, medical, and tool-and-die industries. Research focus is currently on titanium hybrid parts and AM of Tungsten Carbide cutting tools.
• Subtractive manufacturing is the removal of material from a starting raw material in order to achieve the required geometry. Research focus is currently on the machining of Titanium and Titanium alloys.
• Resource efficient process chain development is the optimization of various manufacturing processes, which includes process optimization through simulation. Currently the focus is on the optimization of a renowned Biltong factory in Cape Town.
• Manufacturing systems include visual management systems, smart production systems, Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing Execution Systems.
• Biologicalisation in Manufacturing is the “use and integration of biological and bio-inspired principles, materials, functions, structures and resources for intelligent and sustainable manufacturing technologies and systems with the aim of achieving their full potential”.
• The Learning Factory is a mock setup of a factory which is used for training and research purposes. Operations in the Stellenbosch Learning Factory include curriculum development, gamification, and Industry 4.0 implementation.


Smart Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing

Lecturer: Prof Dimitri Dimitrov

The sustainability of manufacturing in general and of smart (intelligent) advanced manufacturing in particular is a hot topic in manufacturing research on the global stage. The most important characteristic hereby is the digital base, reflected in the almost entire field of production engineering, i.e.
• Computer modelling, analysis and simulation for design purposes (CAD)
• Computer aided process planning (CAPP)
• Computer aided manufacturing (CAM), including CNC-Machining
• Computer aided engineering (CAE)
• Computer aided tolerancing (CAT)
• Computer aided quality control (CAQ) etc., culminating in
• Computer integrated manufacturing (CIM).
Furthermore, the digitalisation led to the emerging of a completely new class of manufacturing technologies – the Additive Manufacturing – in late 90, followed by the 4th industrial revolution (Industrie 4.0) or the Internet of Things (IoT) at the beginning of the new century. Latest developments in this field are leading to new frontiers – the Biologicalisation in Manufacturing. That means the “use and integration of biological and bio-inspired principles, materials, functions, structures and resources for intelligent and sustainable manufacturing technologies and systems with the aim of achieving their full potential”.
Developing further existing research results and avenues and taking in account the latest trends in manufacturing engineering as outlined above a number of interesting research topics are formulated below.


Field of Research: Smart Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing

Lecturer: Prof Tiaan Oosthuizen
Developing the science, capabilities and commercial opportunities to develop and support local manufacturing suppliers.

Research Group Members

Dimitri Dimitrov
STC-LAM Researcher & Emeritus Professor

Devon Hagedorn-Hansen
Junior Lecturer: Manufacturing Systems

Tiaan Oosthuizen
Associate Professor
HEAD of STC-LAM

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