Q. Is this the first time ICDDMAP has been held?
A. ICDDMAP is a successful series of conferences held every two years since 2015. It was first held in Dharwad India in 2015 and then in Marinha Grande in Portugal in 2017, back in Dharwad India for 2019 and then the 4th edition in Marinha Grande in Portugal. 2

Q. What is the language of ICCDMAP2021?
A. All presentations must be made in English. There will be no simultaneous translation facilities.

Q. I am a student, do I need to pay a registration fee?
A. Registration is free for all as part of CDRSP’s committement to Open Science

Q. Will there be an opportunity to publish the work presented at ICDDMAP2021 in an indexed journal?
A. We are finalising arrangements for full papers to be published in a special issue of an international index journal. The full paper ms should be submitted after the conference by July 31st 2021. Details of the Journal and submission procedures will be sent all speakers in May2021. We expect all papers to be published in 2021.

Q. Where is Marinha Grande?
A. Marinha Grande is located in the Centro Region of Portugal. It is more or less half-way  between Lisbon and Porto. It is about 7km from the coast. Its prosperity is built initially on the glass manufacturing industry which started in the 18th century. It is Portugal’s largest glass manufacturing area and it is also the European Capital for the moulding industry. Marinha Grande and the surrounding area contains õver 700 Small and Medium Enterprises, many of which are family owned. The Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development is located in the Zona Industrial of Marinha Grande. It is a great place to visit and why not stop by at the Centre for rapid and Sustainable Product Development during your visit.

Q. What is Direct digital Manufacturing?
A. Direct Digital Manufacturing is a family of emerging technologies which enable products to be produced directly from a digital definition without the use of specialised tooling or moulds. 3d printing, stereolithography and selective laser sinetering are three of these technologies  bit also subtractive technologies such as CNC machining are also digital technologies.  CDRSP Is leading a national project “Portuguese Additive Manufacturing Initiative” to help prepare Portuguese industry for the 4th Industrial Revolution when these technologies will dominate manufacturing.

Q. Who funds the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development?
A. CDRSP is part of the public institution of the Polytechnic of Leiria.  Several of its staff are professors in one of the Schools of the Polytechnic. It is also competes for publics funds distributed by the Foundation for Portuguese Science and Technology (FCT), on behalf of the government, by the Portuguese Agency for Innovation, by the European Union and by companies directly. At the last evaluation of CDRSP by the international panel appointed by FCT, CDRSP was evaluated as excellent and received the top score of 15/15 awarded by the Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering panel.