The joint programme is called Aeroswift and is aimed at locally developing a high speed, large volume, laser-based additive manufacturing system to make titanium parts for the global aerospace industry. Already, the proof-of-concept trials have demonstrated processing speeds eight-point-three times faster than currently available commercial selective laser melting machines. Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Derek Hanekom, who officially inaugurated both the laser system and the advanced manufacturing centre, explains the significance of these developments for the country.

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