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 | The Opening Ceremony will be accompanied by a plenary lecture on Direct Digital Manufacturing. The first day is focused on biopolymers both from the viewpoint of sustainability but also as materials for generating biomedical devices such as scaffolds for tissue engineering addressing topics as well as drug delivery, cancer and organ replacement.

Day 2 |  This is focused on the connections with Industry and starts with a session on Mathematics in Industry which is a strongly growing topic around the world, especially in Europe and includes simulation and numerical modelling. The afternoon will have a session on Direct Digital Manufacturing and Industry and Industry 4.0.

Day 3 |  The third draws together work on polymers as new materials or using new processing techniques and includes the fascinating world  of meta materials.  The afternoon is focused on novel technologies such as 4d printing and smart systems.