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CUT National Innovation Award for CRPM



CUT National Innovation Award for CRPM

CUT National Innovation Award for CRPM. The Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) has clinched the prestigious Innovation Award in the Corporate Organisation category at the 21st annual National Science and Technology 2023/2024 NSTF-South 32 awards. This accolade, often dubbed the ‘Science Oscars of South Africa, recognizes outstanding innovations and research and/or development efforts.

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Recognition of Excellence

The CRPM victory underscores its position as a trailblazer in the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) community. This achievement reflects CUT commitment to spearheading Additive Manufacturing in African higher education and its pivotal role in the medical sector.

CUT Celebration of Innovation

The awards ceremony, held on 27 June 2023 in Gauteng, brought together over 600 guests and 50 organizations. It celebrated the groundbreaking contributions of individuals and entities driving progress in South Africa SET landscape.

Leading Additive Manufacturing

CUT investment in CRPM has borne fruit, positioning the university as a leader in 3D printing technology. This recognition highlights CUT’s dedication to providing cutting-edge solutions and tools to its partners.

CUT NSTF Awards Legacy

Established in 1998, the NSTF Awards honor professionals and organizations advancing SET and innovation in South Africa. These awards recognize the vital role played by scientists, engineers, innovators, and science communicators in driving progress.

CUT Impactful Research

CUT hosting of the Research Chair in Medical Product Development through Additive Manufacturing is a testament to its commitment to advancing research in critical areas. This initiative aims to bolster South Africa’s research outputs and innovations in alignment with the national innovation strategy.

Driving Collaborative Innovation

CRPM’s mission is to foster a collaborative environment where medical practitioners and CUT product development centers can exchange ideas. This approach aims to drive innovation and development, particularly in the medical sector.


CRPM triumph at the 2023/2024 NSTF Awards underscores its commitment to excellence and innovation in Additive Manufacturing. CUT’s leadership in this field is not only a testament to its academic prowess but also a beacon for driving societal and technological innovations in South Africa.

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