The Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) specializes in Additive Manufacturing (AM), better known as 3D printing. The CRPM was established 1997 as a centre for commercial work as well as research using Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing, Rapid Tooling and Medical Product Development technologies.

The AM technologies open the possibility to go directly from Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to a physical prototype/model. These prototypes are used by product/industrial designers for form and function test as well as final prototypes before tooling commences. The CRPM can manufacture prototypes in plastic, metal and sand.

The process used to create prosthesis for a medical implant. From design (creating the digital prosthesis), to Additive Manufacturing (using Direct Metal Laser Sintering), to the final prototype.
CRPM currently has ten AM machines which makes it one of the best equipped AM Centre’s of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere!
CRPM currently has ten AM machines which makes it one of the best equipped AM Centre’s of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere!

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Tylor Baker, receiving 2 ears at Groote Schuur
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Yesterday Taylor Baker received two ears at Groote Schuur hospital in conjunction with the Fuchs foundation.

The whole procedure was made possible with help of 3D printing in the sense that we designed and manufactured a positioning device to accurately place the prosthetic implants as well as the external prosthesis.

The procedure we followed:

• Convert CT scan of patient in order to create a 3D model that was used to plan the exact position of the auricular implants that will hold the external prosthesis.
• A 3D printed positioning device was used to place the implants
• After a 3 month healing period the implants were exposed in order to place the prosthetic ears.
• The same 3d printed device was utilised to take impressions of the fitting area where the ears will be located in order to ensure a precise fit.
• Dr. Cules van den Heever then used the impressions to cast silicone prosthetic ears that were colour matched to the patient’s skin tone.
• Check out our page for the video, or follow the story with the links below
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Stand a chance to win this Custom Brain-Gear business card holder! (Pictured)
All you have to do to win is LIKE OUR PAGE and Share, the lucky winner will be announced on 24 February 2017, (RSA residents only)

It's built on our World Class 3D printer, the winners Title and Name will be 3D printed into the holder!

If you like 3D printing, Engineering or Medical work,we do it all at CRPM.

Contact us

Gerrie Booysen

Tel: +27 (0)51 507 3253 | Fax: +27 (0)51 507 3589 | E-mail:

Engineering Technology Building, President Brand Street, Bloemfontein, Free State



Updated: 03 March 2017

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