© 2020 Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication and University of Texas at Austin

ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL

Solid Freeform Fabrication

SYMPOSIUM

Austin, Texas
17-19 August 2020

The Conference

Three Days of High-Level Research Presentations
17-19 August 2020

The 31st Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium - An Additive Manufacturing Conference will be held in Austin TX on August 17-19, 2020 at the Hilton Austin Hotel. 

 

The SFF Symposium is a high-level research conference giving academic and industrial researchers the opportunity to share their research findings.  Meeting participants are 30-40% graduate students, and we encourage new researchers to participate.  The 2019 meeting had nearly 600 oral and poster presentations, and we anticipate over 700 participants will attend the 2020 meeting from all over the world.  We are planning a Tuesday afternoon lunch for grad students with special programming.

For more detailed information, including special sessions and student support, please click the "More Info" button.

 

Lodging

Hilton Austin

The SFF Symposium conference hotel is the four-star Hilton Austin Hotel, 500 East 4th Street, in downtown Austin.  Technical sessions will also be held at the Hilton Austin Hotel.

  

 The Hilton Hotel is in the downtown area of Austin just over a mile south of The University of Texas. The hotel is located only a  short block from Austin's famous "Sixth Street" entertainment district. 

The Hilton Hotel has reserved a set of guestrooms at conference rates. The daily rate is $209/night (Single/Double). There is an additional charge for Triple and Quad occupancy, $20 per person/per night.  Applicable taxes are added to these rates.

 

To make a reservation, call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and reference the code: SFF.  Use this link to reserve a room on line.

About Austin
 

Weather

 

The weather in Austin is hot, temperatures averaging between a low of 70˚F (21˚C) and a high of 100˚F (38˚C). The average relative humidity is 50%. The probability of precipitation is virtually zero.

 
 

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates

Presenters Information

Manuscript and Proceedings Information

Authors must present their work at the meeting to have their manuscript included in the proceedings.  Click here to download manuscript instructions.  Manuscript submission is optional for presenters.  Authors submitting manuscripts have the option to have their manuscript reviewed/refereed.  Having a conference proceedings article reviewed is important to some authors, particularly academicians. Each manuscript receives two reviews using a referee pool composed of all authors submitting reviewed manuscripts. Authors selecting reviewed status for their manuscript must review two other manuscripts.  Reviews are due at the conference; final manuscripts are due August 31.

Papers presented as oral presentations or in the poster session will be published in flash-drive and swing-hinge bound hard-copy formats if a manuscript is submitted.  Each person (including students) registering for the full meeting will receive a copy in flash-drive format ~3 months after the meeting.  One day registrants do not receive a copy of the proceedings.  Hard copies are available for purchase.  Proceedings papers will be accessible and downloadable on line on the home page at no charge. Past Proceedings articles are available here at no charge.

 
 

FAME Awards

AWARD SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2020!!

International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award

The FAME Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding researcher in the field of freeform/additive fabrication.  The award consists of a certificate, freeformed trophy and check for $2000. For the 2020 award, the nomination packet should be received by May 1 to receive full consideration, but nominations will be accepted until the selection committee meets.  The award winners will present technical talks Monday morning at the conference and will receive their awards at the Awards Banquet Monday evening.

Nomination Details and Form Word | PDF

International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award

The International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding young researcher in the field of freeform/additive fabrication early in their career. To be eligible, applicants must be 35 years old or younger on August 1 of the year in which the award is presented. The award consists of a certificate, freeformed trophy and a check for $1000. The nomination packet should be received by May 1 to receive full consideration, but nominations will be accepted until the selection committee meets.

Application Details and Form Word | PDF

Previous Recipients

Year          Senior Award                                                                 Young Researcher Award

2019         Olaf Diegel, University of Aukland                              Rayne Zheng, Virginia Tech

2018         Chee Kai Chua, Singapore Univ. Technol/Design      Guha Manogharan, Penn State University

2017         Ian Gibson, University of Twente                                 Allison Beese, Penn State University

2016         Brent Stucker, ANSYS                                                   Li Yang, University of Louisville

2015         Richard Hague, University of Nottingham                  Ibrahim Ozbolat, Penn State University

2014         Joseph Beaman, University of Texas at Austin           Adam Clare, University of Nottingham

2013         David Rosen, Georgia Tech University                        April Cooke, Trumpf North America

2012         Jean-Pierre Kruth, KU Leuven                                      Christopher Williams, Virginia Tech

2011         Dave Bourell, University of Texas at Austin                 Candice Majewski, Sheffield University

2010         Gideon Levy, TTA Technology Turn Around               Peter Mercelis, LayerWise N.V.

2009         Phill Dickens, University of Nottingham                      Carolyn Seepersad, University of Texas at Austin

Events

Sunday Pre-Conference Social Event (August 16) TENTATIVE

Come for food and fun at Buffalo Billiards, 201 East 6th St in downtown Austin.  It is only 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from the Hilton Hotel.  From their website: “This turn-of-the-century building was built in 1861 by the Ziller Family and named the Missouri House. Touted as Austin’s first boarding house and rumored to be a brothel, many a cowboy had a good time here.” The entire venue consists of three full bars, 19 pool tables, 7 shuffleboard tables, 5 foosball tables, 15 pinball machines, a collection of classic and modern arcade machines and 2 air hockey tables.  We will have the run of the place from 6-8:30 PM.  There will be a “Tex Mex” style fajita buffet.  Come and meet old friends and make new ones before the “business” starts Monday!  There is no additional charge to attend for conference registrants or accompanying persons.  No transportation will be provided. IMPORTANT: You must bring a government issued identification (passport, driver's license, etc.) to prove your age regardless of how old you are.  Only 21 and older can be admitted.

 

Monday Evening Awards Banquet (August 17)

The annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Hilton Hotel (500 E. 4th St) near the meeting rooms.  Please see the final program for details. FAME awards will be presented at the awards banquet. The International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding researcher in the field of freeform/additive fabrication.  The award consists of a certificate, freeformed trophy and check for $2000. The International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding young researcher in the field of freeform/additive fabrication early in their career; applicants must be 35 years old or younger on August 1, 2018. The award consists of a certificate, freeformed trophy and a check for $1000. Complete application packets must be received by May 1, 2019 to guarantee consideration.  More information and forms are available at the Awards tab. 

There is no additional charge to attend for conference registrants.  Additional tickets may be purchased at registration.  No transportation will be provided.

 

Tuesday Lunch (August 18)

An informal networking lunch for non-student conference attendees will be provided near the meeting rooms at the Hilton Hotel at the noon break on Tuesday.  Cost is included in the registration fee.

For registered students, a special networking lunch will be provided near the meeting rooms at the Hilton Hotel at the noon break on Tuesday. Cost is included in the registration fee.  Please see the final program for the room and more information.

 
 

Proceedings Archive

Please click the year in question.  A Table of Contents will open with links to pdf versions of the papers for that year.  Files may be freely downloaded.  Respecting permissions to republish, short excerpts including figures may be republished so long as it is appropriately cited.  If written permission is needed, please contact Dave Bourell directly, dbourell@mail.utexas.edu.