17th Annual Conference of the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa

Vaal University of Technology

November 2, 2016 – November 4, 2016

Additive Manufacturing (AM), alternatively referred to as 3D printing, is a layer-based process used to manufacture physical objects. Using AM technology enables the manufacturing of geometrically complex parts, which require a high degree of customisation. AM technologies are currently used in a wide variety of manufacturing sectors, which include Aerospace, Medical, Bio-medical, Dentistry, R&D, Automotive and many more. Throughout the years, AM has demonstrated its value, is of a disruptive nature and can be considered a technology that can be used improve quality of life for all human beings. This year’s conference will focus on Additive Manufacturing’s impact on all South Africans’ quality of life. As such, this year’s conference theme is:  “Building on the Foundations - Consolidating Impact into Products to Enhance Quality of Life for All South Africans”  In support of this theme, the first day of the conference will build on the success created during RAPDASA 2015 and again be dedicated to a special event entitled the South African Additive Manufacturing Innovation Showcase. The showcase will allow the general public, industry, inventors, universities and funding agencies to interact with each other. The day will end with a tour through the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, demonstrating its capacity and available services.   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



Updated program

The reviews of the submitted abstracts are completed and the selected speakers, with topics of presentations, are now included in the updated program. The final program with the last outstanding speakers will be concluded after a second call for papers and approval of abstracts.  
Posted: 2020-04-03

New Conference dates 17-19 March 2021


The Conference has been postponed as a result of the international COVID-19 situation from the original date in June 2020 to the new dates of 17-19 March 2021.

Posted: 2020-04-03
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