Technology Transfer Impact on SMME Development -
Perspectives from a Small/Micro Enterprise Point of View




Alphons du T...
History in the making: 1995
• Alphons du Toit is an
  employee of the CSIR on
  newly acquired CAD and
  FDM RP systems
• ...
Funny co-incidence in 1995?
• Alphons du Toit decides to resign and start an
  own company in Cape Town
• Deon de Beer con...
Some Product Development Examples:
Total Cost of Project R 112 000
SLA Masters          R 8 500
Finishing + Spraying R 23 000
Silicone Moulds      R 34 500
C...
Isuzu tail-light development
WIZCAM Q/A SYSTEM
The development team was approached during
December 1999 to design and develop a
complete line trimmer.
The time-scale set...
Concept Design: 6 - 10 December: Development
and presentation of 3 concept design options;
Final Design: 10 - 14 December:...
Conclusion: The following items directly contributed
towards the success of the project:

The team’s in-depth knowledge of...
Body IQ
          Some of the world’s first Rapid
          manufacturing examples?
          (before it even had a name,
...
Some of the world’s first architectural case studies – even
published in an accredited RP Journal
Injection Moulding is normally associated with:


      Finalised designs

      Economies of scale

      Tight budgets

...
Rapid Tooling?
EOS: Alumide case-study – another world first
through collaboration
Challenges:

 4 Moulds needed

 Less than 4 weeks

 Tight budget – tendering purposes only

  Results

  23 hours of proto...
30 trial samples

   Flame-retardant ABS

       200 components done
           Initially air-cooled

                   N...
Exhibition Products
Using Rapid Tooling (Direct Metal Sintering) to render a

             cutting-edge tooling service
Funny co-incidence in 1995?
• Resulted in a text-book example of how an
  SMME can collaborate with a university through
 ...
Thank You
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Technology Transfer Impact on SMME Development - Perspectives from a Small/Micro Enterprise Point of View by Mr Alphons Du...
Technology Transfer Impact on SMME Development - Perspectives from a Small/Micro Enterprise Point of View by Mr Alphons Du...
Technology Transfer Impact on SMME Development - Perspectives from a Small/Micro Enterprise Point of View by Mr Alphons Du...
Technology Transfer Impact on SMME Development - Perspectives from a Small/Micro Enterprise Point of View by Mr Alphons Du...
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Mr Alphons Du Toit’s (Director, Technimark, South Africa) presentation at the SATN Annual Conference 2009.

Theme: “Technological innovation at Universities in South Africa: towards industrial and socio-economic development”

16 - 17 July 2009
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Bellville Campus.

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Technology Transfer Impact on SMME Development - Perspectives from a Small/Micro Enterprise Point of View by Mr Alphons Du Toit

  1. 1. Technology Transfer Impact on SMME Development - Perspectives from a Small/Micro Enterprise Point of View Alphons du Toit: Technimark
  2. 2. History in the making: 1995 • Alphons du Toit is an employee of the CSIR on newly acquired CAD and FDM RP systems • Deon de Beer (from the then TFS) spends a sabbatical at the CSIR to study the significance of RP on the manufacturing industry
  3. 3. Funny co-incidence in 1995? • Alphons du Toit decides to resign and start an own company in Cape Town • Deon de Beer convince the TFS to start an RP centre, which resulted in one of the best organised research teams, as well as one of the best equipped centres in the world • Prior experience creates a platform for research collaboration – almost similar to a spin-off company. • TFS/CUT benefited from industrial inputs, whilst Technimark benefited from the R&D inputs/results
  4. 4. Some Product Development Examples:
  5. 5. Total Cost of Project R 112 000 SLA Masters R 8 500 Finishing + Spraying R 23 000 Silicone Moulds R 34 500 Castings of Parts R 38 000 Finishing + Spraying R 5 500 SLS Functional R 3 500 Parts Injection Mould R 1,3 M
  6. 6. Isuzu tail-light development
  7. 7. WIZCAM Q/A SYSTEM
  8. 8. The development team was approached during December 1999 to design and develop a complete line trimmer. The time-scale set out by the client, implied that all design development and tooling had to be completed by mid-April 2000. The deadline was crucial, as the client could not obtain any orders for the upcoming summer season, without the final manufactured and tested product.
  9. 9. Concept Design: 6 - 10 December: Development and presentation of 3 concept design options; Final Design: 10 - 14 December: Presentation of final design to the client. The concept sketches were signed off. Componentry design: 10 - 14 January: All relevant componentry to be used were converted into 3D models. Detail design: 15 - 28 January: Detail handle design started on 15 January with final evaluation and approval given on 28 January. Detail Base Design: 28 January - 18 February: The detail base and guard section design commenced on 28 January and final evaluation and approval was given on 18 February 2000.
  10. 10. Conclusion: The following items directly contributed towards the success of the project: The team’s in-depth knowledge of the manufacturing processes involved, as well as experience and know-how of all relevant technologies to aid the design and development cycle; The prototyping, which highlighted some improvements that could be made prior to release of the design for tooling; Modern RP and CAD technologies: Based on the RP parts and modifications implemented, the final CAD data could be signed off and implemented much more effectively and with minimum risk with regard to form, fit and function of the final design solution. Proper project planning and design- and manufacturing management within the established network of facilities and capabilities. Finally, experience, dedication and commitment of all relevant parties contributed towards the success of the project.
  11. 11. Body IQ Some of the world’s first Rapid manufacturing examples? (before it even had a name, Technimark/CUT has done it!)
  12. 12. Some of the world’s first architectural case studies – even published in an accredited RP Journal
  13. 13. Injection Moulding is normally associated with: Finalised designs Economies of scale Tight budgets Long lead-times Material removal – Aluminum or Steel Sometimes (rather often?) bad experiences
  14. 14. Rapid Tooling? EOS: Alumide case-study – another world first through collaboration
  15. 15. Challenges: 4 Moulds needed Less than 4 weeks Tight budget – tendering purposes only Results 23 hours of prototyping 4 days of finishing & fitting R 23 000 as opposed to R 90 000
  16. 16. 30 trial samples Flame-retardant ABS 200 components done Initially air-cooled No visible mould damage
  17. 17. Exhibition Products
  18. 18. Using Rapid Tooling (Direct Metal Sintering) to render a cutting-edge tooling service
  19. 19. Funny co-incidence in 1995? • Resulted in a text-book example of how an SMME can collaborate with a university through support programmes such as NRF, THRIP & Tshumisano • Sincere thanks to the CUT’s CRPM & PDTS teams for the support and collaboration over approximately 15 years especially for – Deon de Beer and Gerrie Booysen for continuation what Deon de Beer has started.
  20. 20. Thank You

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