Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2017-05-15T10:28:47+00:00

Following the success of the 17th Annual International RAPDASA conference, held at Vaal University of Technology in November 2016, we are pleased to announce the 2017 conference hosted by Rapid3D, on behalf of RAPDASA which will be held in the 1st week of November 2017, in warm and sunny Durban, South Africa.

The organising committee, on behalf of RAPDASA, invites SMME’s, entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers, product designers, toolmakers, production staff, technical directors and managers from industry involved in design, development and manufacturing of products and components to participate or simply attend the conference.  In addition, participants from international product development communities, academia, national R&D and educational institutions are also invited to attend and participate in the conference.

Additive Manufacturing (AM), alternatively referred to as 3D printing, is a layer-based process used to manufacture physical objects. Using AM technology enables the manufacturing of geometrically complex parts, which require a high degree of customisation. AM technologies are currently used in a wide variety of manufacturing sectors, which include Aerospace, Medical, Bio-medical, Dentistry, R&D, Automotive and many more. Throughout the years, AM has demonstrated its value, is of a disruptive nature and can be considered a technology that can be used improve quality of life.

This year’s conference will focus on Additive Manufacturing’s impact on economies and how it promotes a different way of thinking. As such, this year’s conference theme is:

“Game Changing Thinking: 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Internet of Things”

With respect to the conference theme, papers can be submitted under any of the following topics:

  • Additive Manufacturing business development /  New Additive Manufacturing applications
  • Impact of Additive Manufacturing on the intellectual property environment
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Reverse engineering
  • Internet of things
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Process monitoring and control
  • Material evaluation and selection
  • Post processing and qualification
  • Material / Process development
  • Product development

For more information, please visit our dedicated conference page here.