RAPDASA 2020 Conference and Exhibition

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa
proudly announces its
21st Annual International Conference
04 – 06 November 2020

Stellenbosch – STIAS Stellenbosch University

Bloemfontein – Central University of Technology, Free State

Centurion – Aerosud

Click here to go to the online conference portal

Following the success of the 20th Annual International Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) conference hosted by CUT in November 2019, we are pleased to announce the final call for papers for the 2020 RAPDASA Conference.

Additive Manufacturing (AM), better known as “3D Printing”, has matured from a prototyping technology (in the 1990’s) into the fully-fledged manufacturing technology which it is today.  AM products are used as final products in aerospace, automotive, medical and the consumer product industries, and the technology has proved itself in aiding designers and engineers to achieve complexity in design and manufacturing.

The 21st Annual Conference theme:

Additive Manufacturing for Our Rapidly Changing World

with its sub-theme: Solving diverse, complex, and interconnected issues,  will offer many opportunities for participants from industry, R&D institutions, academia and government to gain insights from world experts in this field and for the South African AM community to showcase the cutting-edge work carried out in this country.

The conference will cover sectors such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Medical and Bio-medical
  • Automotive
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Architecture

Apart from these, papers can also be presented on topics covering all aspects of the rapid product development chain, such as:

  • Computer-aided Design
  • Product Engineering
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Process Modelling
  • Structural Analysis
  • Materials Selection for Design
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Processing
  • Tooling Design and Development

Who should attend?

The Organising Committee, on behalf of RAPDASA, invites product designers, toolmakers, production staff, technical directors and managers from industry involved in design, development and manufacturing of products and components to participate or simply attend the conference. In addition, participants from international product development communities, academia, national R&D and educational institutions are also invited to attend and participate in the conference. Furthermore, AM is becoming important for general managers and CEOs and the world of finance and investment. Ample opportunities will be available to meet with and have discussions with experts in the field.

Important dates deadlines

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts : 29 June 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts : 6 July 2020
  • Deadline for early bird registration : 20 July 2020
  • Deadline for submission of full papers : 20 July 2020
  • Feedback on paper reviews : 31 August 2020
  • Deadline for final papers after rework : 21 September 2020

Please see Conference abstract & paper submission for instructions on how to submit an abstract to the conference.

Conference Package

The physical conference fee of R 2760 (ZAR) per delegate excludes accommodation, which will have to be booked and paid by delegates. The conference package includes:

  • Full conference participation
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments (tea/coffee breaks)

The conference attendance fee for bona fide full-time postgraduate students is also R2760 (maximum of 5 students per institution and proof of registration must be provided).

For the Online Only Conference Attendance the fee will be R575 incl. VAT.

For further information please contact Mrs Rynette Coetzer at info@rapdasa.org

Publication of papers

All papers accepted for the conference will be subjected to a blind peer review process.  The peer review process will be led by the Technical Committee. Selected papers will be submitted for publication in an ISI accredited technical journal.

Industry presentations

As an alternative to the above peer-reviewed papers, industry partners have the opportunity to present their applied research in a non-peer reviewed format. Only an extended abstract need to be submitted for industry presentations. These presentations will be marked as such in the programme. Industry presentations are not included in the conference proceedings. Industry who wish to sponsor pages in the conference proceedings may contact Rynette Coetzer at info@rapdasa.org


As Exhibitor, you will have options:
1.     Virtual 10-minute time slot in program and website acknowledgement – R1000 (includes online access to the conference).
2.     Virtual 10-minute time slot and physical exhibition space (table and two chairs) – R5000 (includes physical attendance and meal tickets for 3 days for two persons. Meal tickets are transferable).
3.     Customised requirements as arranged with conference management conference@rapdasa.org

A pre-conference seminar will be hosted on Tuesday, November the 3rd 2020. Click here for more details.