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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BTech Mechanical Engineering student Zaahid Imran, a team member in the Advanced Engineering Design Group in Mechanical Engineering, has been announced as one of the Top 5 Winners in the 2019 National RAPDASA Design Competition. 

His design for an integrated brake support used Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) principles and will be printed on a 3D printer for the event for display. He will receivehis award at the Gala Dinner of the RAPDASA (Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa) Conference in Bloemfontein on 7 November.

His brake support design was a project for the Mandela University Eco-Car. As a result of rule changes, a foot-pedal operated dual independent braking system was enforced. Where previously the Eco-Car used steering wheel activated braking. Zaahid’s inalized brake support has also been 3D printed in stainless steel, by one of the Group’s valued collaborators, Akhani3D, the biggest AM Printing Bureau in the country, and had further critical CPAM financial support from the Research Group 3D Innovation under Professor Anton du Plessis at Stellenbosch University’s MicroCT Centre.

The final metal product is shown below on its display platform ready for assimilation with other components.

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Mr Clive Hands
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