Three Days of High-Level Research Presentations
26-28 July 2021
31st Annual Conference Summary
The 31st Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium was held as a virtual meeting on Monday, August 17, 2020 as an all-plenary meeting. We had nine excellent talks attended by ~180 persons. The morning session began with four presentations covering the breadth of AM. Closing out the morning session were the two FAME Award presentations. For more information on the FAME Awards, please see the conference tab "FAME AWARDS". The afternoon session was hosted by America Makes and included three talks dealing with transitioning technology out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. We are grateful to Dr. Brandon Ribic of America Makes who both provided some remarks about America Makes and also chaired the last three presentations.
Some of the presentations have been recorded with permission from the presenter to reproduce the presentation here. Below is a list of the presentations; recorded presentations may be seen for some by clicking the link if there is one.
Laura Gilmour (EOS North America) COVID-19: A Tipping Point for Additive Manufacturing
Tony Rollett (Carnegie Mellon University) Towards a Defect-based Process Map
Manyalibo J. Matthews (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Light-matter interaction, melt pool dynamics and solidification behavior in laser powder bed fusion processes
Benjamin White (Sandia National Laboratories) Contacting but not Connected: Interpenetrating Lattices
FAME Presentation: Abdalla R Nassar (Penn State University) Towards building a perfect part – Some progress on metal additive manufacturing design, sensing, control, and inspection
FAME Presentation: Ming C. Leu (Missouri University of Science and Technology) From Rapid Prototyping of Ice Parts to Additive Manufacturing of Advanced Ceramic and Metallic Components
Brandon Ribic (America Makes) Introductory Remarks
Mark Benedict (Air Force Research Laboratory) An Air Force Perspective on AM Technology Transfer
Brent Stucker (ANSYS) Moving Additive Simulation from Academia to Industry: The Story of 3DSIM
Joe Beaman (The University of Texas at Austin) History and Origin of Powder Bed Fusion
2020 ABSTRACTS MOVED TO 2021
We are technically moving the in-person part of the 2020 31st meeting to next year, the 32nd annual meeting set for July 26-28, 2021. This impacts the disposition of submitted abstracts. This will be the only SFF Symposium held in 2021. Your submitted and accepted abstracts will be automatically moved to the new date in 2021 without any action required on your part. If you submitted an abstract for 2020 and wish to cancel/withdraw your abstract from the 2021 meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to modify your abstract, you may do so in your ProgramMaster Presenter/Author tools. There will be no conference proceedings prior to the end of the 2021 meeting. Therefore, all 2020 deadlines for manuscript submittal are no longer active and will be revised to comparable dates in 2021.
We are seeking a one-year no-cost extension of the grad student registration fee waiver funding. All current applications have been inactivated, and, pending availability of funding, a new competition for registration fee waivers will be initiated next year.
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.
To make a reservation, call 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and reference the code: SFF. We hope in late March 2021 to have a special link available for making room reservations.
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 upcoming dates
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, 2021!!
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 2021 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
2020 Ming Leu, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technol. Abdalla Nassar, Penn State University
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 (July 25) TENTATIVE
We are planning a social event of some sort, and the details will be forthcoming.
Monday Evening Awards Banquet (July 26)
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, 2021. The award consists of a certificate, freeformed trophy and a check for $1000. Complete application packets must be received by May 1, 2021 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 (July 27)
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 is being prepared. 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. Due to COVID-19, there is no published proceedings for the 31st Annual Meeting.