Industrial Engineering Southern Africa Conference South Africa North West University

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



FAQ 11 - How do I change the Meta-data (authors, abstract etc)that appears on the presentations list

To change meta-data of your paper on the online system, go to and click on the relevant paper, then select "EDIT METADATA" .

Posted: 2016-09-28

FAQ 9 - Which guidelines should I use to prepare my poster.

Click here for poster guidelines  
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FAQ 3 - When and how must I submit my paper for final review?


When you are ready, please upload your revised manuscript before or on 2017-08-15 as if it is an entire new submission to the FINAL REVIEW track via A new submission number will be issued.

Please use this opportunity to make sure that all authors are linked to the paper.

Also, provide us then with your final abstract. This abstract will be pushed into the public domain as soon as your paper is finally accepted.

Kindly also update your user profile in terms of affiliation, a picture of yourself and a 50-150 word biographical statement , which can be used to introduce you at the conference. This abstract as well as your biographical statement will be pushed into the public domain as soon as your paper is finally accepted.

The sooner is it is uploaded, the sooner it will be sent out to reviewers.

Posted: 2016-08-01

FAQ 9 - Must I attach comments to alert the reviewers concerning changes made?

It is always a good idea to alert reviewers to changes made. You are welcome to add MS-Word comments - and even "track changes" to the Camera-Ready version. We will forward these comments to the reviewers, but erase it from the camera-ready version.

Posted: 2016-08-01

FAQ 8 - Should the Final Review Manuscript be ready for BLIND review? Must the author details be included or excluded?


Please prepare the Final Review Manuscript as Camera-Ready as possible, including name and affiliation of authors, but keep it in MS-Word format.

We will save the Camera-Ready version on out system, but then distribute a blind version to the reviewers, in which we erased the names of authors.


Posted: 2016-08-01
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