May 21, 2012

The RAPDASA Conference organising committee is inviting interested parties to exhibit at the RAPDASA Conference which will be held at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge - Sun City during 31 Oct - 2 November 2012.

RAPDASA stands for: Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa. It was formed in 1999 as the representative organization for RP industry and community within South Africa. According to RAPDASA, since the first 3D Systems SLA 250 was sold in 1991 the market has grown rapidly and in 2011 there were approximately 268 machines sold. Statistics from 2009/2010 shows Stratasys (through mainly Dimension/Uprint sales) had the majority of 3D printer market in SA, around 47%, and 3D Systems is in the 2nd place.

(source: RAPDASA)

  • In the calm and pristine environment of the South African Bushveld, the conference programme will offer a variety of opportunities for participants from industry, R&D institutions, academia and government to listen to presentations, engage in discussions, visit exhibitions and just interact informally during the three days of the event. The theme of the conference allows for papers on the role and impact of Additive manufacturing in industry sectors such as:


  • Aerospace
  • Medical and Biomedical
  • Automotive
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Architecture
  • White goods

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 & Modelling
  • Process Modelling
  • Structure Analysis
  • Materials Selection for Design
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Processing
  • Tooling Design & Development
  • Life Cycle Engineering

The conference programme and speakers is still in the works. Check the information here.

 


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