I am an entrepreneur who is task-oriented, pay attention to design details while working as a field technician. I'm also an avid investor in small ideas, keen reader and social activist who is enthusiastic in finding new opportunities in import/export of electronic products through a combination of creative and analytical skills. I'm also a strategist who is systematic in approaching challenges. I grew up around farming communities, urban townships, mining towns and city metropolis within the various provinces in South Africa. This exposure lead me to be interested in human interaction and to appreciate what the human mind is capable of achieving. Through my vast interaction with different people, I managed to increasing my personal network. It became clear at an early stage of my life with the ability to spot opportunities which made me by nature, to become a social enterprenuer.....
As an individual with a positive outlook towards my challenges, I've embarked on the most interesting journeys in my life which I intend on documenting. These are the glimpse of my trials and tribulations because I believe that: "You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are...".. I was once told that: "If you don't have enough money then you haven't helped enough people yet". The road to riches is paved with acquisition of specific knowledge.
“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Executive Director | Dihlakanyane Trading (Pty) Ltd. t/a Instructor Labs
Tshwane, South Africa | February 2012 - April 2016
Director of Operations | Dithokeng Cleaning Services cc
Tshwane, South Africa | August 2006 - December 2007
Managing Director | Keyamo Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd. t/a Keyamo Technologies
Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2003 - November 2016
Managing Member | Mamphake Office Supplies cc t/a Mamphake Designs
Rayton, South Africa | July 1999 - February 2017
MEP Digital Systems | Installation & Repairs Technician
Specialising in digital systems commissioning and installation of Embedded sensors and actuators with applications in the Fire detection and Alarms, CCTV and Electronic Article Surveilance, Remote Access Control, Electric pumps and motors, Electric security fencing and Solar power, Central Heating Ventillation and Air-conditioning, Video and Audio systems. I also work on Programmable Logic Circuits Controller as well as providing smart device networking services including procurement in the importing/exporting of electronic products with a passion for providing smart facilities, asset tracking and maintenance solutions.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Once in a while, technology presents us with a sea of change in terms of how things are done. In the late 1700s, that great paradigm shift was interchangeable parts. It was a quest to make as many products as possible compatible with as many other products as possible. As I prepare my 2020 outlook, I'm looking at a new game-changing innovation: 3D printing. Essentially: a way to print out objects of various use utilizing a printer. It's designed to be low-cost compared to traditional manufacturing methods, and wants to make object creation as easy and cheap as printing out a document. Chances are good you’ve seen both humble and extraordinary examples of how 3D printing will revolutionize a variety of industries. From public infrastructure to home repair, 3D printing is changing how we are doing business, perform basic maintenance and even build brand-new structures.
Given all these exciting applications, it goes without saying that 3D printers won't have a single application or niche when they finally come of age. Instead, they're creating opportunities for individuals and professionals of all stripes and from all corners of the business world. Though we tend to think of 3D printing as only impacting the tech world, the truth is even highly industrialized processes could benefit from it. I looked at one huge global market – manufacturing – and how 3D printing could potentially impact it. Will I ever be able to profit from the manufacturing sector right from my home design studio? DIY manufacturing for DIY employment......
For anybody seeking autonomy in their career in my view, freelancing and entrepreneurship have long provided exciting opportunities for self-employment. Indeed, by some recent estimates, more than half the future workforce will take on some kind of freelancing work by 2020 and many may have transitioned entirely to independent contractor status. This will be a significant migration from the traditional to the home-based workplace. Now, with 3D printing on the scene, there will be even more ways to turn my free time and my properties into money-generating manufacturing assets. I have considered my abilities to perform design work, create prototypes quickly and perform product testing more quickly than ever before. 3D printing makes it all possible.
I discovered three benefits of 3D printing technology:
1) A lower barrier of entry for small businesses While it’s true that 3D printers are still prohibitively expensive for average hobbyists, some models are now becoming cheap as laptop computers. That’s a crucial pivot point, because 3D printers could very nearly become impulse-worthy purchases in the near future. The technology will be nothing short of a revelation for small-business owners such as myself who want to create niche-specific or limited-run products. Outsourcing to traditional manufacturing workshops could result in a first prototype run that costs at low cost. Compare that with the cost of purchasing a 3D printer and you see the potential. The point is, the physical footprint — not to mention the startup capital — required to start a business of any kind shrinks smaller and smaller when 3D printers enter the mix. As entrepreneur in a dizzying array of industries — electronics/electrical, and mechanical designs and maintenance — I'll be discovering new entry points into manufacturing thanks to the smaller and more affordable production runs made possible by 3D printing. I had to just look at how many types of products can be made this way. Kids’ toys, replacement parts, PC and smartphone peripherals, you name it – the sky becomes the limit now. If you’ve ever had a clever idea for a product you wanted to bring to market, there’s never been a better time to take a crack at it. START 'EM YOUNG. Mattel's ThingMaker allows kids to 3D print their own toys. Image from Mattel
2) No more physical inventory - The catch-22 of doing business in the manufacturing industry is this: If you want to sell enough products to make your small business your full-time occupation, you first need a place to store all those products. However, if you want a place to store all those products, you must first do enough business to justify the expense. Limited physical space for inventory can be crippling to a nascent small business. Enter 3D printers. As a small-business owner, I could do small production runs or even one-offs, storing a bunch of products will no longer be necessary (Print as people order). Then there’s the question of what happens to unsold products that are no longer modern. When incremental changes were made to a product to iron out bugs or improve the experience, existing stock of the outdated product needed to be liquidated quickly, and sometimes at a loss. Not so with 3D printers. I only need to physically manufacture inventory when it’s needed. It’s the key concept behind lean manufacturing — and now it’s coming to the small-business world, where, it’s even more crucial than in the corporate space. Since everybody owns a smartphone, the entrepreneurial world is abuzz with third-party cases, batteries, cables, stands and a host of other products that make interfacing with our favorite screens even easier. Say you're one of these independent case manufacturers. Your product is constantly in danger of becoming obsolete after the new model drops. With 3D printing, it's easier than ever to make small changes so your products stay abreast of the newest features and physical changes dreamed up by Apple, Samsung and Google. That’s just one example. Keeping a limited inventory of products – either because of space restrictions or because you cater to an industry that’s in constant flux – could be a game-changer for a lot of industrialists.
3) Longer useful lifetimes for a variety of products. Look, I’ve done my share of griping about low-quality goods designed with obsolescence in mind. Now, with 3D printers on the scene, products approaching the end of their useful lives can be given a second chance at redemption. Think about it: For a hundred years, major manufacturers produced only a fixed quantity of replacement parts for their refrigerators, lawnmowers, mobile phones, mechanical parts and a virtually endless variety of other consumer products. Or here's an example that's closer to home: charging cables. After a few years, when those items have been replaced with flashier models and the stock of available replacement or maintenance parts is gone for the older ones, customers are left in the lurch. There’s an opportunity here for clever entrepreneurs to make a few bucks. Consider the small engine-repair shop that sees all kinds of obsolete equipment come through their doors throughout the week. Instead of turning these folks away and instructing them to buy new equipment, these small shops can now produce near-OEM-quality replacement parts even for products that have outlived their useful lives. 3D printers might just make it possible once more to buy it for life, as the saying goes, instead of sticking to brutal, manufacturer-devised cycles of obsolescence. New territory, new stigmas.
Make no mistake: The technology is young. The price is still somewhat high and the overall quality of its output still has a ways to improve. But with time, it will. I'm keeping an eye out so I'll be able to utilize it when the time comes. Since 3D printing is still finding its legs, that means 3D printing entrepreneurs might find themselves fighting stigmas. It takes a while to convince people. Right now, people will still be wary that 3D-printed parts might be drastically cheaper or less robust than their traditionally produced counterparts. However, with the right product and message, I'm convinced that 3D printing could open doors for my small business and career that I assumed were only open to established companies.