Pre-conference Seminar

Pre-conference Seminar 2018-05-10T16:46:57+00:00

Hosted by the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)
Venue: Resolution Circle Towers, Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Time: 8:30 to 17:00


Based on South Africa’s position as the world’s second largest producer of titanium raw material, a national Titanium Metal Industry Strategy was developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). In 2009 the Titanium Centre of Competence was established as implementation vehicle of this strategy. Additive manufacturing of titanium alloys featured as one of the technology platforms of the Titanium Centre of Competence.

Following on the need for a national additive manufacturing plan expressed by the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) in 2012, the DST commissioned the development of a South African Additive Manufacturing Strategy. This strategy was published in 2016 (see and provides guidance to South African players in identifying economic opportunities, addressing technology gaps, focusing development programmes and informing investment decisions that would eventually enable local companies and industry sectors to become global leaders in selected areas of additive manufacturing.

Early in 2015 the national Collaborative Program in Additive Manufacturing (CPAM), funded by the DST, was initiated to pursue implementation of this strategy. This program is executed by a consortium consisting of the CSIR National Laser Centre, the Central University of Technology, Free State, Aerosud, Stellenbosch University, Northwest University, Vaal University of Technology, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, Rapid3D and Altair. An important sub-program of the CPAM is aimed at Qualification of Additive Manufacturing of Ti6Al4V for Medical Implants and Aerospace Components.

Focus of the Seminar

This one-day seminar features research and development related to the CPAM sub-program on Qualification of Additive Manufacturing of Ti6Al4V for Medical Implants and Aerospace Components. It provides an opportunity for postgraduate students from the collaborating institutions to present their research to an international audience. Through their participation many of these students get their first exposure to the process of preparing and submitting conference papers for peer review and subsequent presentation in the seminar.

Abstract and Paper Submission

Researchers and students who want to participate are invited to submit extended abstracts on-line on the RAPDASA website ( The template for the extended abstract can be accessed from the RAPDASA website. On acceptance of the abstract participants can submit a full paper or an updated extended abstract. Submitted papers will be subjected to the same blind peer review process as the RAPDASA conference papers. Successful papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected papers will be submitted for publication in the South African Journal of Industrial engineering.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Click here to submit a paper on the conference site

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts:                                     25 May 2018

Notification of acceptance of abstracts:                                                   5 June 2018

Deadline for submission of full papers or final extended abstracts:  20 July 2018

Feedback after review of papers:                                                               3 September 2018

Deadline for final papers after rework:                                                    28 September 2018

Registration deadline:                                                                                  19 October 2018

Attendance Fees and Registration

Registration for the seminar, must be done at

Seminar fees:

Delegates:                                                                R850 per person

Students registered at a South African university:        Free (proof of registration must be provided).

The seminar fees include lunch and refreshments during tea/coffee breaks.

A map to the venue can be found at

For more information regarding the seminar, contact:

Prof Willie du Preez

Tel: +27 51 507 3556


Dr Kobus van der Walt

Tel: +27 51 507 3644