Following the success of the 13th Annual International Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) conference held at Kwa Maritane in October 2012, we are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the 2013 conference hosted by the CRPM/CUT, on behalf of RAPDASA.
Additive Manufacturing (AM), better known as “3D Printing”, has matured from a prototyping technology (in the 1990’s) into the fully-fledged manufacturing technology which it is today. AM products are used as final products in aerospace, automotive, medical and the consumer product industries. This fairly new technology has proved itself in improving the quality of life and it is the best aid for product designers to take a virtual design and turn it into an actual product in just a few days.
The 14th Annual Conference theme
"AM - Improving your world layer-by-layer"
will offer many opportunities for participants from industry, R&D institutions, academia and government to listen to presentations and meet with world experts in this field and for the South African AM community to showcase the cutting-edge work carried out in this country.
The conference will cover sectors such as:
Medical and Bio-medical
Sport & Leisure
Apart from these, papers can also be presented on topics covering all aspects of the rapid product development chain, such as:
Simulation & Modelling
- Materials Selection for Design
- Materials Engineering
- Materials Processing
- Tooling Design and Development
Who should attend?
The Organising Committee, on behalf of RAPDASA, invites 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.
Publication of papers
All papers accepted for the conference will be subjected to a blind peer review process. The peer review process will be led by the Technical Committee. Selected papers will be submitted for publication in an ISI accredited technical journal.
A pre-conference workshop on “Additive Manufacturing of Titanium Parts” will be presented on 29 October 2013. This workshop will be jointly hosted by the CUT and the Titanium Centre of Competence (TiCoC) and will cover research areas in the exciting new field of titanium additive manufacturing.