The 6th IMFS session will take place on July 1st. Register to participate!

International Manufacturing Forum Series 2021 – 1st July 2021 – Digital Manufacturing on a Large Scale

The International Manufacturing Forum Series is a major initative from the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP) of the Polytechnic of Leiria in Portugal. This is a twelve day virtual conference spread over 12 months, with a one conference held on the first thursday of each month. Each one day conference will focus on a specific topic within the broad umbrella of Manufacturing. There will be a particular emphasis on topics related to Industry 4.0 and Digital Manufacturing. CDRSP is a centre of excellence in the field of Direct Digital Manufacturing and was recently judged by an International Panel of the Foundation for Science and Technology to be the best Research Unit in the field of Mechanical Engineering and System Engineering in Portugal.
Direct Digital Manufacturing is a family of technologies which is able to product products directly from a digital definition without the use of moulds or other complex tooling. These technologies directly enable the possibility of personalisation of the form of a product at the point of manufacturing. For Direct Digital Manufacturing to take its place as a major manufacturing technology, greater focus is required on the fabrication of large products, for example products with a length greater than 1m. Direct Digital Manufacturing inherently is scalable but increasing the size of the fabricated product brings other challenges such as distortions during the build process and ensuring quality control of the material composition across the whole product. A variety of different technologies have begun this process of development and presentations are welcome on any approach as long as the focus is on making large parts. We invite papers which address any aspect of this emerging area with respect to both the technologly, simulations, optimisation techniques, case studies and applications. Please submit your abstract prepared using the template available here and submit using the form available here. Abstracts will be considered immediately they arrive, so please send your abstract as soon as possible to secure a slot in the programme.


Emil Johansson

Researcher at RISE, Sweden


Stewart Williams

Professor of Welding Science and Engineering | Welding Engineering & Laser Processing Centre, Sweden


Petter Hagqvist
CTO Procada, Sweden


Tommy Nielsen

Head of Department | 3D Print & AM Technology at FORCE Technology

Alban Mallet

Cofounder and CEO at XtreeE, the Large Scale 3D

Volker Ruitinga

Founder Vertico | 3D Concrete Printing, Netherlands


“Digital Manufacturing on a Large Scale” Session of IMFS2021

Olivier Larre

ESTIA France

Olivier Larre currently works at Estia-Tech, Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées (ESTIA). Olivier does research in Additive Manufacturing. Their current project is ‘OCEAN-ALM : Optimisation et Conception pour une mEthodologie AvaNcée pour l’Additive Layer Manufacturing (An advanced design/optimisation methodology for additive layer manufacturing)’.

Artur Mateus


Artur Mateus is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, on Rapid Tooling and Manufacturing, at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (PIL), since 1997. Also is Vice-Director of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (PIL). He is member of the scientific and technological council of the Incubator for startups, OPEN (Marinha Grande – Portugal).  Artur Mateus has a PhD in Polymer Physics from the University of Reading (UK), a MSc from the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Coimbra.