Hosted by the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)
Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria
Date: Tuesday 2 November 2021
Time: 8:30 to 17:00


Based on South Africa’s position among the world’s four largest producers of titanium raw material, a national Titanium Metal Industry Strategy was developed by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). In 2009 the Titanium Centre of Competence was established as an 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 DSI commissioned the development of a South African Additive Manufacturing Strategy. This strategy was published in 2016 (see SA AM Strategy) 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 individual 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 DSI, 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 and Rapid3D. 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 Design and Additive Manufacturing of Titanium Parts. 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 to the seminar. Instructions on the required abstract format and how to submit are available at 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 extended abstracts: 4 June 2021
• Extended deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 June 2021
• Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 26 July 2021
• Deadline for submission of full papers: 16 August 2021
• Feedback on paper reviews: 27 September 2021
• Deadline for revised paper submission: 08 October 2021
• Deadline for early bird registration: 03 October 2021
• Preconference seminar: 2 November 2021

Attendance Fees and Registration

Registration for the seminar, must be done here.

Seminar fees:

  • Delegates: R700.00 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.

For more information regarding the seminar, contact:

Dr Maina Maringa
Tel: +27 51 3910


Dr Kobus van der Walt
Tel: +27 51 507 3644