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Entry Level Additive Manufacturing: The Next Frontier

Special issue call for papers from Rapid Prototyping Journal

Guest editor:  Dr Eujin Pei ([email protected]), Brunel University United Kingdom

Submission deadline: 11th September 2014


As the title of the special issue suggests, we are looking for contributions that focus on entry-level Additive Manufacturing and relevant entry-level hybrid technologies.

At the recent annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the 3D printing section was much busier than before, with an increased focus on entry-level products. Heralding its new 3D Printing TechZone, the 3,000 square feet of exhibition space was virtually sold out. One highlight was 3D Systems which showcased the CubeJet, a small microwave size unit that prints in full-color, plus the CeraJet for producing ceramics, and ChefJet that creates sugar-based confections.

Closer to home in the UK, the recent TCT + Personalize show specially created the Bright Minds UK area, the Startup Zone and the RepRap Hub due to the growing interest in 3D printing for education and startups. Asia is also playing the catch up game where the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo was the first 3D printing tradeshow in the Asia-Pacific region held in Singapore. Several independent vendors showcased their products, such as Pirate3D who are developing the low-cost Buccaneer 3D printer that saw huge success on KickStarter; as well as a new class of ultra-portable Portabee GO printers from Romscraj.

Fundamentally, the big barrier to mass adoption of additive manufacturing technologies is price. However as costs are falling, newer and more novel entry-level systems and tools will remarkably transform the future of manufacturing with spin-offs providing customisation of products and democratizing production. There will be a profound impact on education where school children at a young age will be exposed to such tools. It will also benefit communities and makerspaces, potentially creating opportunities for social manufacturing.


This special issue will examine how Entry-Level Additive Manufacturing has responded to the growing demands of industry, education, communities and independent users. It will showcase reports of new and novel hardware, software and material capabilities, as well as their applications.

Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit papers on:

Innovations and new applications for entry-level additive manufacturing systems
Case studies of industry best practices in the use of entry-level additive manufacturing systems
Democratizing production and aspects of social manufacturing
The role and impact of low-cost additive manufacturing on education
The value of 3D printing hubs, communities and makerspaces
Other "hybrid” technologies, utilising a combination of entry-level additive, formative and subtractive manufacturing techniques

Important dates

Submission deadline: 11th September 2014
Papers reviewed: 12th November 2014
Revised papers reviewed and accepted: 31st February 2015
Final versions of accepted papers delivered to production: 28th April 2015


When submitting papers, authors must indicate on the submission form that they wish to submit their contributions particularly for this special issue.

In the ScholarOne Manuscripts’ website, submit a new manuscript as you normally would (choose “Click here to submit a new manuscript”).
Complete the submission stages as shown on the left panel: (1) Type, Title, & Abstract; (2) Keywords; (3) Authors & Institutions.
In the fourth stage, under (4) Details & Comments, the last option states "please select it from the list provided”. In this box, please select “Entry Level Additive Manufacturing: The Next Frontier”.
All papers should follow the publisher's style and format and must be submitted through the ScholarOne system.
Submissions should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length and should not have been published previously in any other journal in print or electronic format.

If you have any questions about the special issue please feel free to contact  Dr Eujin Pei at: [email protected]