The 18th annual international RAPDASA Conference

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) will hold its 18th Annual International Conference in the first week of November 2017. This year the conference will be held in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. No further details were available at the time of going to press.

This event will bring together the leading innovators / entrepreneurs in Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) in South Africa, allowing them to share their ideas on innovation and product development using additive manufacturing.

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

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

Conference package
The conference will include:
• 3 days full conference participation
• Lunch and refreshments (tea/coffee breaks)
• Cocktail function
• Gala dinner
• Advanced Manufacturing Precinct tour

The organising committee would like to extend a special invitation to SMMEs, entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers, product designers, toolmakers, production staff, technical directors and managers from industries involved in the design, development and manufacturing of products and components. You are welcome to participate and share experience and learning in the field of AM, or simply attend the conference and gain a better understanding of AM’s possible impact on your business.

Extended abstract submissions will open soon so keep a look out for the ‘Call for Abstracts’. All full papers are double blind reviewed and selected papers will be published in a special edition of the South African Journal of Industrial Engineering (SAJIE).

Online registration will also open shortly on the RAPDASA website and an early bird registration fee discount will apply.