The Stellenbosch Technology Centre (STC), which is part of the Department of Industrial Engineering, has been using its state-of-the-art Additive Manufacturing/3D printing equipment to manufacture parts for the National Ventilator Project. Some parts were prototypes for the Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) device, which the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering were assisting with.
Other parts include mould cores with conformal cooling channels printed out of metal. This was for the National Technologies Implementation Platform (NTIP) to assist with allocated tasks from the SA-COVID-Agile response team. These cores will be used in an injection moulding process to make thousands of plastic parts needed by medical staff for Covid-19.