VUT hosts world-renowned Additive Manufacturing Specialist
By Selina Rapulane 10 December 2021
World-renowned Additive Manufacturing specialist, Professor Ian Campbell
On Wednesday, 10 November, The Vaal University of Technology hosted world-renowned Additive Manufacturing specialist, Professor Ian Campbell from Loughborough University, in the United Kingdom.
The Programme was Directed by Mr David Mauchline: Additive Manufacturing Specialist at VUT.
Dr Speech Nelana: Director Research and acting Operation Manager: TTI, was bestowed with the task of welcoming Prof Campbell and everyone who attended the event. “I think this is a very important engagement that we need to pay attention to. I am grateful to you Prof Campbell for being a friend of VUT, because you are not here for the first time. You have been with us for some time now, to the extent that you are one of our National Research Foundation rated researchers”, indicated Dr Speech Nelana, as he welcomed Prof Ian Campbell: World-renowned Additive Manufacturing specialist.
Furthermore, he mentioned that, “Despite issues around COVID-19, I am sure we would have loved for you to come over to also engage with our faculties, as we are trying involve faculties in the VUT TTI activities, to take this field of AM as a flagship. I believe the course in AM will go a long way in making sure that students, lecturers and professors at our university come together to take part as researchers in this field”.
Mr Sarel Havenga: Idea2Product Facilitator, formally introduced Prof Campbell to the event attendees.
“It is my pleasure to be back here at VUT. You will see, through the talks, that my connection with the university goes back a long way. I would regularly come here once or twice, sometimes even three times, but because COVID-19 has stopped all that from happening, I couldn’t come and as a result, this is the first time I’ve been back here in two years. Believe me, that is a long time to be away from this beautiful country”, said Prof Ian Campbell as he commenced with his thee-part talk.
During his visit, Prof Campbell presented various lectures to introduce the DiCoMI project and to support interested students and researchers at VUT to participate in the 2022 programme.
The Directional Composites through Manufacturing Innovation (DiCoMI) project aims to bring together leading innovators from across Europe, and beyond, to develop a new method of producing composite material parts with optimised fibre directionality. The DiCoMI project will integrate advanced manufacturing techniques, composite materials science, and manufacturing system design. As such, it requires a high level of inter-disciplinary cooperation as well as collaboration between researchers and industries. The outcome will be a novel composite manufacturing system capable of producing low-cost parts with increased accuracy and enhanced functionality.
Additionally, the project focuses on Directional Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials and combining different manufacturing techniques into a unique and innovative hybrid system. This project has had a direct impact on the European and international scientific state of the art in the fields of composite materials and manufacturing equipment, while supporting the innovation potential in the automotive and aerospace industries.
The Directional Composites through Manufacturing Innovation (DiCoMI) project was funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action call RISE-2017
The project’s long-term aim is to produce 3D-printed composite parts with fibre directions that are aligned with stress vectors, and an example would be the biomimicry of collagen fibrils in bone
This project is a unique opportunity for the participants to evolve in different work environments, strengthen ties with the other partners, and develop further industry-academia cooperation.
Prof Campbell has achieved a lot through the years and his CV is quite an impressive one. Dating his work, a bit closer, he became Professor of Computer Aided Product several research projects, mainly in the area of design interaction and 3D printing technologies.
Prof Campbell is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was Editor-in-Chief of the Rapid Prototyping Journal from 1995 to 2020. He is now an Emeritus Professor at Loughborough University.
In closing, Dr Nelana thanked Prof Campbell on behalf of the university, for his very informative visit. “I really enjoyed the last part of your presentation. It was interesting to me because I was impressed by the fact that you presented to us funding opportunities. We don’t seem to take those seriously and some of them are low hanging fruits if we have a partner. Now that we have you, I believe some of these opportunities’ colleagues will make use of them”, alluded Dr Speech Nelana.
Additionally, he mentioned that, “I am happy that you have committed yourself to working not just with VUT, but other universities as well. I feel that the future will be very bright for us to take this initiative forward”.