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 abstract submission deadline has been changed to accommodate issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The new deadline is May 1.
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.
Statement about the Coronavirus/COVID-19
The SFF Symposium Organizing Committee is monitoring the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. It is our top priority to ensure the safety and health of all participants. Based on best available information, it is really not possible to project at this time what the status of the disease will be in mid-August 2020. Leading up to the May 1 deadline for abstract submittal, we fully understand if participants opt to skip a year and not submit contributions. However, given that it is much easier to remove a presentation from the program than to add one in after sessions are gridded, we would encourage participants to go ahead and submit their abstract/s if they would plan to attend if the coronavirus is not a factor in August. We have never penalized or stigmatized persons who pull abstracts late, and we would be particularly open to such as the meeting date draws near. Also, the Organizing Committee plans to make a decision on cancellation in early to mid-July based on the status of the disease at that time. We will be monitoring the recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as the situation progresses.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
Sunday Pre-Conference Social Event (August 16) TENTATIVE
We are planning a social event of some sort, and the details will be forthcoming.
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. Given complications of COVID-19, the banquet may have a different look and format from previous years to maximize the safety of attendees. 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 ato 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)
We are still planning to hold the informal networking lunch for conference attendees near the meeting rooms at the Hilton Hotel at the noon break on Tuesday. Cost is included in the registration fee.
The special networking lunch for students has been cancelled due to COVID-19 complications, and students are welcomed to join other meeting attendees for lunch. Please see the final program for the room and more information.
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, email@example.com.