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The CDI Product Support Space is an assisted DIY facility empowering and helping craft producers, designers, students, and other individual businesses to develop new, and refine existing product.

We are located within a well-resourced facility with access to tools and processes to help assist you in generating innovative product and creative problem-solving.We operate on a one-on-one consultation basis, through which our skilled Product Support Advisors will guide you through your own problem-solving process.

 

Our Advisors can assist in a variety of ways, from exploring ideas through research and conceptualisation, to actually making things such as prototypes and product refinement, constructing production aids, branding and packaging. Proper access to equipment and technical know-how can be a huge stumbling block for producers wanting to develop their idea, which is why we offer a range of tools, machines and industry knowledge that allow for immediate experimentation and object prototyping. These range from quick processes using hand tools and semi-stationary machines, to digitally-based processes, such as 3D printing and CNC cutting.

 

We emphasise the use of technologies and tools appropriate to the needs of individual producers. For a complete list of the tools and processes available in the space, as well as machines sizes, file formats and limitations, please see Product Support Space: Equipment, Tools and Processes. Please note that the Product Support Space and its use is for prototyping, it is not intended for recreational use or mass production.

 

Dassault Systems SOLIDWORKS donates 3D design software to CDI

We are excited to announce that the international software company Dassault Systems SOLIDWORKS has donated full commercial licenses of its 3D products and tools to the CDI.  

Designers see SOLIDWORKS as one of the most intuitive computer-aided design (CAD) programmes for 3D design on the market. The products are easy to learn and use, and work together to enable users to design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. In a highly competitive world in which businesses are driven by innovation, this software provides the tools to design and test prototypes without having the costly job of building them. SOLIDWORKS has an easy user interface that comes from the software company’s understanding of the designer’s specific application.

In addition, a SOLIDWORKS entrepreneurship programme has also been launched in which local start-ups can apply through the CDI to receive their own software for free and get access to design, simulation and rendering tools for the first year. Software costs are always a hurdle in the first year of a small business, and this will allow full access to all the tools they need to get the concept launched and initial designs done.

 


 


Product Support bookings:

Please call 087 357 3616 or 021 461 1488 should you wish to schedule an appointment or book for a workshop with Product Support.

Product Support consultations assist participants to either refine existing product or develop new product with the aim of stimulating the originality, diversity and quality of creative product within the market.

This assisted DIY process supports individuals to explore ideas, concepts and processes related to the development of product.

If you would like to book a consultation with CDI Product Support, you need to register as a member for 2017. If you are not a member, you can do so for free via clicking here.

You can only access CDI services once you have completed all the fields and your registration has been approved.

 



Product Support Consultations

Duration: 1 hour / Mondays

Product Support consultations assist participants to either refine existing product or develop new product with the aim of stimulating the originality, diversity and quality of creative product within the market.

This assisted DIY process supports individuals to explore ideas, concepts and processes related to the development of product.

Number of Participants: 1



Product Support 3D Printing and prototyping workshop

Duration: Two half days - R60

This facilitated workshop explores how 3D printing and allied processes in Product Support can be used in the prototyping and production process. Participants explore how to use 3D modelling software, 3D printing, and 3D scanning, mould making, laser cutting etc.  Day one involves a discussion of and introduction to the 3D modelling software 123Design. Day two covers scanning and generating your own models using 3D scanners and vectors.

Number of Participants: 5

 



Product Support Introduction to CNC milling Workshop

Duration: One half day - R30

The workshop is an introduction to designing for CNC. Participants will be introduced to using 3D modelling software and CNC machinery.


Number of Participants: 5



Product Support Introduction Workshop

Duration: One half day - R30

The Introduction Workshop is a half day activity facilitated by programme staff. It is aimed at introducing new users to the Product Support Facility. Its focus is on exposing participants to the range of tools and processes available within the space. Areas introduced include laser cutting and engraving, vinyl and sublimation transfers onto fabric, 3D milling as well as digital design and fabrication processes. Participants are taken through a discussion and demonstration type process by programme staff.

Number of Participants: 4



Packaging Design Workshop

Duration: Duration: Two half days - R60

Developing packaging and labelling solutions around your brand.The workshop explores how to develop product labels specific to your brand using various processes like computer aided manufacturing, 3D modelling, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, laser cutting, vacuum forming and heat transfers. Areas introduced include the use of colour, form, function and materiality of your packaging to convey product information. It also looks at developing point of sale display stands around your brand and product.

 

Number of Participants: 5



 

Contact:

David van Staden
david.vanstaden@thecdi.org.za

Caragh Barwise
caragh.barwise@thecdi.org.za



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