Pre-conference Seminar on Additive Manufacturing of Titanium Parts
Venue: VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park
Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Time: 08:30 - 17:00

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. Following on initial recommendations in the 1999 Mining and Metallurgy report of the National Research and Technology Foresight Project, throughout the following decade, a national consensus grew regarding this beneficiation opportunity. It culminated in the development of a national Titanium Metal Industry Strategy by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and the establishment of the Titanium Centre of Competence, as implementation vehicle of this strategy. Additive manufacturing of titanium alloys was identified as one of the technology platforms included in 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 through an inclusive technology roadmapping process. This strategy, published in 2016, 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 the South African Additive Manufacturing Strategy, a national Collaborative Program in Additive Manufacturing (CPAM), funded by the DST, was initiated early 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 and the University of Cape Town. 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 is a sequel to the RAPDASA pre-conference seminar in 2015 where the CPAM sub-program on Qualification of Additive Manufacturing of Ti6Al4V for Medical Implants and Aerospace Components was introduced. The progress of this program will be presented by researchers from the collaborating institutions. Postgraduate students from the participating universities will present papers on their research projects executed under this CPAM sub-program.
Attendance Fees
The seminar is hosted by the Central University of Technology, Free State and will take place at the Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park of the Vaal University of Technology.

The seminar fees are as follows:
Delegates R830.00 per person
Student regsitered at a South African University Free (Proof of registration must be provided)

The seminar fees include:
  • Lunch and refreshments (tea/coffee breaks)
  • Accommodation on the night of 1 November 2016
  • Breakfast on the morning of 2 November 2016
Important Dates and Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 29 July 2016
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 01 August 2016
Deadline for submission of full papers: 26 August 2016
Feedback after review of papers: 23 September 2016
Deadline for final papers after rework: 30 September 2016
Registration deadline: 30 September 2016

Submission of abstracts and full papers, as well as registration for the seminar, must be done at

Submitted papers will go through a blind peer review process.
Pre-Conference Programme
Venue Address
Physical Address
5 Moshoeshoe Street
Sebokeng, Gauteng
South Africa
Contact Persons
For more information regarding the seminar, contact:
Prof Willie du Preez
Tel: 051 507 3556


Jenny van Rensburg
Tel: +27 82 653 2377