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4rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid
Prototyping (VRAP 2009), Leiria, Portugal


The 4rd <>  International Conference on Advanced
Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping ( <> will be held on 6th to 10th October 2009 at
Leiria, Portugal.



The conference will take place at the Centre for Rapid and
<>  Sustainable Product Development, School of
Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal. The
venue is located at an important industrial centre and historical city of
Portugal, distant around 1 hour from Lisbon.


The International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid
Prototyping ( <mailto:VR@P> VR@P), organised every two years since 2003, is
designed to be a major forum for the Scientific exchange of
multi-disciplinary and inter-organisational aspects of virtual and physical
prototyping and related areas.  <mailto:VR@P> VR@P aims at making a
significant contribution for further development of these fields. In 2007,
as in the two previous editions, we gathered participants from more than 20
countries. The Conference carries out a full paper submission and a rigorous
peer review.


Accepted papers will be included in a Proceedings book with ISBN
registration, published by Taylor & Francis.



Conference Topics




  Design for Bio Manufacturing

  Design for Micro Manufacturing

  Design for Rapid Manufacturing

  Design for Sustainability

CAD and 3D data acquisition technologies

· 3D digitising
  Fast geometrical modelling schemes
  Haptic CAD
  Image-based modelling systems
  nD Modelling
  X-ray tomography and NMR

Concurrent engineering

  Collaborative decision-making

  Concurrent product development

  Frameworks for information sharing

Virtual environments and simulation

  Intelligent computing
  Internet-based product development
  Knowledge based systems
  Simulation and optimisation of manufacturing processes
  Virtual and augmented reality
  Virtual engineering and manufacturing
  Virtual enterprise engineering
  Web-based information systems


  Advanced rapid prototyping, tooling and manufacturing materials
  Liquid Crystals

Rapid tooling and manufacturing

  Conformal cooling

  Small batch production methods

  Systems for the direct manufacturing of metallic and ceramic components

Advanced technologies

  Advances on material removal and addition technologies
  Hybrid systems
  Research on new additive and non-additive technologies


  Architecture and art
  Aerospace industry
  Automotive industry
  Biomedical technology
  Model-making and tool-making


Call for Papers


 Simple page abstracts addressing the conference themes are invited from all
interested participants and can be submitted by email to
<> or

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length and should summarise
the intended content of the paper and the substantive issues it will rise.

All abstracts and full papers will be rigorously refeered. All papers will
be included in conference proceedings published on an ISBN numbered book,
published by A.A. Balkema an imprint of Taylor&Francis Group and made
available to delegates attending the conference.


Important Dates


Abstract submission deadlines extended : 23 February  2009

Notification of acceptance: 14 March 2009
Submission of preliminary papers: 04 May 2009
Acceptance of papers with referee comments: 01 June 2009
Submission of revised camera-ready paper: 29 June 2009


Conference Chair

Paulo Jorge Bártolo
Coordinator of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development,
Polytechnic Institute of Leiria

INDEA (Campus 5)

Rua das Olhalvas

2414-016 Leiria


Tel.: +351 244 845 056

Fax.: +351 244 845 059




Honorary Chairs

Gideon Levy, University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen, Switzerland
Terry Wohlers, Wohlers Associates, USA
Yongnian Yan, Tshingua University, China