Scientific infrastructure

The CSIR is equipped for world-class innovation. The organisation recognises that scientific infrastructure is key in scientific discovery and producing solutions for industry and society. Scientific infrastructure includes laboratories, testing facilities, scientific instruments and equipment, clean rooms and pilot plants needed for research and technological innovation.

Collaboration between the research sector, industry and government results in the shared use of the infrastructure and helps build bridges that benefit the country.

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The CSIR mechanical testing laboratory determines the mechanical properties of metallic and ceramic materials, and powder compacts.

The CSIR has developed a custom metal injection moulding technology platform that can undertake cost-effective mass production of complex near-net-shaped components from fine titanium powder and re

The CSIR investment casting facility is the only foundry in South Africa with a production-level vacuum casting capability.