The month of May saw TWIMS host its Future of Manufacturing Executive Short Course. Professor Justin Barnes (TWIMS’ Executive Director) and Dr Kruschen Govender (TWIMS’ TFG Head of Future Manufacturing) led the course which consisted of executives from: Illovo Sugar, RCL Foods, First National Battery, Rapid 3D, Toyota South Africa, Feltex Automotive, Smiths Manufacturing, Ninian & Lester, The Foschini Group, and IT Dynamics. The course focused on key disruptive technologies and global trends that are likely to rearrange value chains and reshape manufacturing. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and Virtual Reality are changing the world of work, how we make products and how we provide services. The participants were blown away by a field visit to Rapid 3D – South Africa’s leading technology partner for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing products and services. They witnessed several Additive Manufacturing technologies in progress and were exposed to a multitude of business processes for which 3D printing can be used. On top of this they were also immersed into the world of Virtual Reality using TWIMS’ new Oculus Quest 2s.