From its position as the world’s second largest producer of titanium raw material, South Africa has the potential to add significant value to this natural resource. In response to recommendations of the National Research and Technology Foresight Project, dating back to 1999, 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, published in 2016 (see http://www.rapdasa.org), 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.
In response to the recommendations of this national strategy, a national Collaborative Program in Additive Manufacturing (CPAM), funded by the DST, was initiated in 2015. 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, the University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rapid3D and Altair. An important sub-program of the CPAM focuses on 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. The progress and achievements of this national program will be presented by researchers from the collaborating institutions. Postgraduate students from the participating universities will present their research executed under this CPAM sub-program.
Abstract and Paper Submission
Researchers and students who want to participate are invited to submit extended abstracts on-line on the RAPDASA website (http://www.rapdasa.org). 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.