The conference provides an innovative environment for the discussion of the emerging technologies associated with direct digital manufacturing, its wide-based applications and the new materials associated with this exciting technology including polymers, ceramics and metals. Direct Digital Manufacturing lies at the heart of Industry 4.0, the so/called 4th Industrial Revolution. This revolution in manufacturing will impact on design on new materials and on new ideas such as a Digital Twin for each object ever manufactured so as to provide a complete description of its life cycle and disposal. Direct Digital Manufacturing enables new designs to be manufactured, shapes which are impossible to manufacture using conventional moulding or subtractive machining. Of course with so many possibilities we will need to identify how to make progress with for example design by function rather than form and as such this international conference is wide-ranging and particularly multi-disciplinary. Papers on any area introduced above will be most welcome.

The three day meeting is sub-divided in to 6 themed half/day sessions. We emphasise that all topics which are connected with above overview are welcome.

Day 1 | Day 1 will start with the Opening & Welcome Ceremony. Direct Digital Manufacturing, with its different approaches, applications and perspectives, will be the main topic of the first day.

Day 2 | Day 2 will start with a session dedicated to Mathematics and Manufacturing, which is a strongly growing topic around the world, especially in Europe, and includes simulation and numerical modelling. The afternoon session will focus on Direct Digital Manufacturing for Medical Applications.

Day 3 | The third day will draw together work on new materials, processing techniques and technologies in the context of Direct Digital Manufacturing.