Hosted by the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)
Venue: Japie van Lill Auditorium, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Date: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Time: 8:30 to 17:00

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Based on South Africa’s position as the world’s second largest producer of titanium raw material, a national Titanium Metal Industry Strategy was developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). In 2009 the Titanium Centre of Competence was established as implementation vehicle of this strategy. Additive manufacturing of titanium alloys featured as one of the technology platforms of 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. This strategy was published in 2016 (see and 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.

Early in 2015 the national Collaborative Program in Additive Manufacturing (CPAM), funded by the DST, was initiated to pursue implementation of this strategy. This program is executed by a consortium consisting of the CSIR National Laser Centre, Central University of Technology, Free State, Aerosud, Stellenbosch University, Northwest University, Vaal University of Technology, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, Rapid3D and Altair. An important sub-program of the CPAM is aimed at Qualification of Additive Manufacturing of Ti6Al4V for Medical Implants and Aerospace Components

Focus of the Seminar

This one-day seminar features research and development related to the CPAM sub-program on Qualification of Additive Manufacturing of Ti6Al4V for Medical Implants and Aerospace Components. It provides an opportunity for postgraduate students from the collaborating institutions and others to present their research to an international audience. Through their participation many of these students get their first exposure to the process of preparing and submitting conference papers for peer review and subsequent presentation in the seminar.

Abstract and Paper Submission

Students and researchers who want to participate are invited to submit extended abstracts by e-mail to The template for the abstract can be accessed from the RAPDASA website under Submit abstract or paper. On acceptance of the extended abstract, participants will be requested to submit a full paper. Submitted papers will be subjected to the same blind peer review process as the RAPDASA conference papers. Successful papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected high quality papers will be submitted for publication in the South African Journal of Industrial Engineering.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2019
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 10 June 2019
  • Deadline for submission of full papers: 29 July 2019
  • Feedback after review of papers: 30 September 2019
  • Deadline for submission of final papers after rework: 7 October 2019
  • Registration deadline: 18 October 2019

Attendance Fees and Registration

Registration for the seminar, must be done at

Seminar fees:

  • Delegates: R1035 per person
  • Students registered at a South African university: Free (proof of registration must be provided).
  • The seminar fees include lunch and refreshments during tea/coffee breaks.