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Laser materials processing


Cutting-edge laser technology gives SA manufacturing the edge
The CSIR, through its laser-enabled manufacturing competence and enhanced by a range of powerful lasers including a 5 Axis laser-cutting system, has a ‘force multiplier’ effect on the local manufacturing industry, especially the automotive industry. Elaborating on this statement, Hansie Pretorius of the CSIR says that the organisation’s investment in state-of-the-art laser technologies, and a team of laser-based manufacturing experts, are keeping the organisation at the cutting-edge of technology development in this domain, to the benefit of the South African manufacturing industry…read more
The rocket science of laser welding
Managing director of Carl Zeiss Optronics South Africa, Kobus Viljoen, appreciates the relationship that his organisation enjoys with the CSIR. He says that this healthy relationship spans more than three decades and took on varying forms of technology collaboration over the years. This liaison has been further strengthened by the Department of Science and Technology’s strategy on photonics, the Photonics Initiative of South Africa (PISA)…read more
Advanced photonics manufacturing facility to ensure new laser-based products
The CSIR is keen to collaborate with existing and new industrial partners to develop niche products that could provide South African industry with a competitive advantage……read more
Water tank leaks at Koeberg Power Station sealed with new laser process
Following the successful demonstration of a world-first laser-cladding process two years ago, the CSIR and Eskom welding engineers recently tested this technology during a scheduled maintenance operation at Koeberg Power Station, Cape Town……read more
Seeing South Africa through a manufacturing LENS
The CSIR has strengthened its ongoing support for industries such as automotive, manufacturing, health and defence, by acquiring Africa’s first laser-engineered net shaping (LENS) system. The LEN S system differs from the other approach to laser-based additive manufacturing, known as selective laser sintering (SLS) or melting (SLM). Both technologies build parts layer-by-layer from a sliced computer-aided design (CAD) model by employing a focused laser beam to melt and consolidate material, which is supplied in a powder bed…read more
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