Duwan Bester, CSIR Senior Engineer
Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) is one of the factors that are driving down part costs in metal additive manufacturing. This is resulting in the technology becoming cheaper and more viable for other industries to use. The CSIR has been building on its DfAM capabilities for the last few years. Some of the software tools used in DfAM are expensive and not many companies, especially SMMEs, are able to make the investment. To broaden the CSIR’s capabilities in DfAM and the additive manufacturing broadly, the organisation has acquired build simulation software and topology optimisation software and can offer these capabilities to companies to illustrate the benefits of using advanced manufacturing.