Van As - Industrial Design - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Nelius Van As

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


Industrial Design

Work History

Student Designer (Client facing)

RouterTech Centurion

July 2009 - May 2011

 Initially appointed as part-time draftsman and machine operator for a mechanical & electronic and testing engineering firm. During his period with RouterTech he was exposed to all aspects of design and manufacturing, and received training in all the workshop machines.
 Nelius` involvement covered a diverse range of product and project categories, ranging from military and mining applications to electronic packaging of industrial products.
 His role evolved into interfacing with clients to determine client design requirements and specifications, and then taking specifications from design inception through technical design and prototyping to final product. This also involved product manufacturing, testing and quality control to extremely precise parameters.


Private concern

Conceptual development and design of a residential housing solution, currently in the process of being patented.

Forex Masters

Responsible for the concept design, development and manufacture of an electronic 3-D holographic advertisement exhibition display unit. Exhibited at the Pretoria show in 2011

Tshwane University of Technology

Nelius was approached by the faculty of architecture and was asked to design and manufacture struts and clamps for moveable internal temporary dry-walling. This was required for internal partitioning of a new departmental building.

Private concern

Responsible for reverse engineering and manufacturing of small run electronic “clay-pigeons” out of plastic composite materials for a client.

Aqua Cura (Jun 2013 – Aug 2013).

Responsible for the design and development of electronic control system of pumps and taps in a mobile water filtering system. Responsibility included overall management of the project from concept to sign off of proto-type. This included joint development of electronic circuitry and programming of the cycles, sourcing electric components, as well as researching and visiting manufacturers for outsourced manufacturing of shock proof electronic casing and transformers.

Adesco (Oct 2013-Dec 2013).

Responsible for concept development and design for a new line of school furniture that focuses on ergonomics and aesthetics (as opposed to traditional uncomfortable wooden desks and chairs). Key design requirements included affordability, ease of manufacturing, material specifics and the main features “foldable and small enough to fit into a carry bag”. Additional responsibility included design of advertising material including posters, bill of materials and handover of the CAD designs for assessment by the manufacturers.

Qualifications & Certifications

HTS John Vorster

Three-Dimensional Design

Tshwane University of Technology

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