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Use of any of these tools can be facilitated through a CDI Product Support Consultation.

Please contact us on 021 461 1488 or email:


Caragh Barwise

Research and Design 

  •  Research computers
  •  Design and Fabrication computers
  •  Surface Design computers
  •  3D Design computer
  •  Document and Film scanners
  •  Graphics tablet
  •  Inkjet printer

Dassault Systems SOLIDWORKS - 3D design software

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.



Fabric Processes and Paper

  •  Vinyl cutter
  •  Embroidery machine
  •  Sublimation printer
  •  Fabric transfer printer
  •  Thermal transfer press
  •  Craft cutting plotter

Laser Cutting and Engraving

  •  Laser cutter
  •  CNC Engraving machine

3D Fabrication and Scanning

  •  3D Printer
  •  3D Scanner
  •  2.5D Scanner
  •  3D Milling machine

 Mould Making

  •  Mould making
  •  Vacuum chamber


  •  Vacuum former
  •  Line bender
  •  Hot wire cutter

 Welding, Bending and Heating

  •  Spot welder
  •  Metal bending kit
  •  Wood burning kit
  •  Heat cutting kit
  •  Heat gun and flame torch
  •  Glue guns
  •  Bench grinder
  •  Hand tools: pliers and shearing


  •  Soldering Irons
  •  Power supply and Oscilloscope
  •  Hand tools: electronics

 Sawing and Cutting

  •  Band saw
  •  Scroll saw
  •  Wood lathe
  •  Mitre Saw (electric)
  •  Mitre saw (hand)
  •  Routers
  •  Rotary multi-tool
  •  Jig saw
  •  Circular saw
  •  Hand tools: cutting and sawing

Sanding and Finishing

  •  Belt and disk sander
  •  Electric hand sander
  •  Hand tools: rasps and files

 Drilling, Punching, Tapping and Fastening

  •  Drill press
  •  Hand drills (electric and hand)
  •  Tap and die set
  •  Hand tools: punching
  •  Assorted hand tools

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