Freeform Fabrication


The 32nd Annual Meeting will be held August 2-4, 2021

The Conference

Three Days of High-Level Research Presentations
2-4 August 2021

The 2021 meeting is going VIRTUAL!

It will still be held three full days, August 2-4, 2021, from 8 AM to ~5:30 PM Central Standard Time (GMT -5). While we would have preferred to be in person and will miss the face-to-face interactions, we feel that in early August there will be an unpredictable level of uncertainty about safety of participants and lifting of travel restrictions.  We will be taking full advantage of the benefits of a virtual platform.  This includes:

* Reduced registration cost and elimination of travel expenses

* Free access for US and foreign students studying at US universities (limit 175 students who successfully complete a registration waiver application and are selected)

* Access to ALL presentations through asynchronous viewing options; that is, no parallel session conflicts

* Ample opportunity for live interaction

* Virtual social/live interaction events

* Graduate student interactive panel

* A vibrant poster session

* Asynchronous participation options for international participants and those who may have time conflicts for all or part of the conference

* EXTENSION of the abstract submission deadline to APRIL 30


We are technically moving the in-person part of the 2020 31st meeting to this year, the 32nd annual meeting.  This impacts the disposition of submitted abstracts. This will be the only SFF Symposium held in 2021.  Your submitted and accepted abstracts have been 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 If you wish to modify your abstract, you may do so in your ProgramMaster Presenter/Author tools; click the "Conference Tools" button above to begin. There will be the usual conference proceedings for the 2021 meeting, including author-option refereed and non-refereed manuscripts.  The website is open to new abstract submissions as well, with an abstract deadline of April 30.



The National Science Foundation has provided funding to offset the registration fee for ~175 selected students attending and presenting.  Please click the "More Info" button below for updated information and application form.







Hilton Austin

There is no lodging option, since the meeting is now fully VIRTUAL.


Important Dates

Important upcoming dates

Presenters Information

Presenter Aids


All presenters MUST register for the conference by June 21.  All presentations must be uploaded into the Bravura platform no later than July 19.  Instructions for uploading , a speaker FAQ sheet, a conference Zoom background and a PowerPoint presentation background are available below.  The backgrounds are completely optional and  are provided for those wishing to use them.


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 August 2; final manuscripts are due September 3.

Papers presented as oral presentations or in the poster session will be published.  Each person (including students) registering for the full meeting will receive a download version ~3 months after the meeting.  Hard copies (swing-hinge format) 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 on this website at no charge.  Please select the "Proceedings Archive" menu under the "More" tab.


FAME Awards


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.

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

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 Univ.

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, Univ. Texas Austin


There will be several special events during the 32nd Annual SFF Symposium VIRTUAL meeting.  Please see the final program for networking events, virtual social functions and a special session for graduate students.









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,  Due to COVID-19, there is no published proceedings for the 31st Annual Meeting.

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