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Solid Freeform Fabrication


The 34th Annual Meeting will be held August 14-16, 2023

The Conference

Fully In-person Conference

The Thirty-Fourth Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium – An Additive Manufacturing Conference will be held August 14-16, 2023 at the Hilton Austin Hotel (500 East 4th St.) in Austin, Texas USA.  

The Weather

The weather in Austin is hot, temperatures averaging between a low of 75° (24°C) and a high of 100°F (38°C). The average relative humidity is 50%. The probability of precipitation is virtually zero.


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. Please book your hotel room reservation via the link below no later than July 10, 2023, to receive the special group rate and concessions.

Click to register at hotel


Important Dates

March 31           Registration Opens

April 17             Call for Abstracts Closes

April 24           Proceedings Instructions Sent

July 1            Manuscript (1st) Submission Deadline – Reviewed

July 10            Housing Deadline

Aug. 9             Registration Deadline

Aug. 14           Manuscript Reviews Due

Sept. 11          Manuscription Submission Deadline – Unreviewed

Sept. 11          Manuscript (Final) Submission Deadline – Reviewed

Nov. 15           Proceedings Completed and Ready to Post 

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 Aug 14; final manuscripts are due Sep 11.

Papers presented as oral presentations or in the poster session will be published if a manuscript is submitted.  Each person (including students) registering for the full meeting will receive a download version of the full proceedings ~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

AWARD SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Nominations by May 15 to receive full consideration 

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 2022 award, the nomination packet should be received by May 15 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 15 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

2022         Behrokh Khoshnevis, Univ. of Southern California     Filomeno Martina, WAAM 3D

2021         Ola Harrysson, North Carolina State University         Joy Gockel, Colorado School of Mines

2020         Ming Leu, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technol.     Abdalla Nassar, John Deere

2019         Olaf Diegel, University of Auckland                            Rayne Zheng, U. California Los Angeles

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, 3D Systems                                           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, Seurat Technologies

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

Events for 2023


An informal pre-conference social event is scheduled for Sunday evening.  The cost is included in the full registration fee.  The purpose is to provide a venue where attendees can renew old friendships and meet new people prior to the start of technical sessions. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.  It will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Salon G from 5:30-6:30 PM. 


The annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Hilton Hotel (500 E. 4th St) in the meeting rooms in Salons HJK.  The banquet cost is included in the full registration fee and for those one-day registering for Monday.  The awards banquet start with a reception at 6:00 PM, Welcome remarks from 6:30 PM to 6:40 PM. Short remarks from FAME award winners will also be presented. The banquet runs until 9:00 PM.



An informal networking lunch will be provided near the meeting rooms in Salon G & F at the

Hilton Austin at the lunch break on Tuesday. The cost is included in the conference registration


AM RESEARCH - Reflections, Best Practices, and Future Direction Lunch Panel. The lunch and panel runs from 12:30 to 1:40 PM. The panel will be held in Salon H.










NSF Student Support



The meeting organizers are thankful to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their award to fund a student registration support competition.  If the student application is selected the funding will cover the full registration fee for selected students (foreign and domestic) studying at a US institution of higher learning. 


Please note the following:

  1. Awards will directly cover the full student registration fee.  Award winners will pay no registration fee to attend the full meeting.

  2. Before applying, please note that to qualify for the award students MUST (no exceptions, so please don’t ask) be a student at a US institution of higher learning, MUST attend the entire conference (Monday‐Wednesday) and MUST be an author or co-author on an oral or poster presentation. The abstract submission deadline is past, but student award applicants may submit an abstract (poster presentation only) along with their application for a travel award to meet this requirement.  If selected for a travel award, the abstract will also be accepted.

  3. “Student” means an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a US institution of higher learning.  Postdoctoral scholars are not eligible.

  4. Awardees are responsible for the cost of their own accommodation and transportation.

  5. The number of awards is limited, and organizers reserve the right to limit the number of award recipients per university or per faculty advisor to fairly distribute the funds among institutions across the nation.

  6. To be eligible for an award, students must download, complete and submit the application form.

  7. The application deadline is Friday, June 9th by 5:00 PM CDT.  You should be informed of acceptance by Monday, June 19th, 2023.  

  8. Priority for selection will be given to applicants who are lead authors and/or who actually present the oral or poster presentation.  The presentation of NSF-sponsored research is also positive. 


You may download the application form here.  If you have any questions, email Penn State University Professor Guha Manogharan at

Proceedings Archive

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 joe Beaman directly,  Due to COVID-19, there is no published proceedings for the 31st Annual Meeting (2020).

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