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International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing
International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing


Special Issue on: "21st Century Manufacturing"

Guest Editor:
Dr. Ismail Fidan, Tennessee Tech University, USA

While worldwide manufacturing sits on the verge of a major transformation, conventional manufacturing techniques such as forging, welding, casting and milling are no longer being widely researched as part of the general body of knowledge in this technology area.

New information and production technologies are rapidly offering solutions that not only make the control of manufacturing more efficient, but also the process itself smarter and more cost-effective. It is clear that the manufacturing field of the 21st century needs unique contributions and novel approaches to solving today's complex challenges and those of the future.

The objective of this special issue is to report the latest cutting-edge advancements in manufacturing R&D, along with workforce development efforts.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Smart manufacturing/industry 4.0
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning in advanced manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing/3D printing/4D printing/subtractive manufacturing/hybrid manufacturing
  • Nanomanufacturing/MEMs/electronics manufacturing
  • Software development and implementation
  • Lean and agile operations/modelling and simulation
  • Biomanufacturing/pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Digital, cyber and cloud manufacturing/digital manufacturing
  • Manufacturing sustainability
  • Global manufacturing and systems
  • Quality monitoring and control of the manufacturing process/high-precision manufacturing
  • Big data analytics in advanced manufacturing
  • Business models/techno-entrepreneurship/innovations
  • Workforce and curriculum development
  • Cutting-edge applications including, but not limited to, electronics, defence, construction, clothing, medicine, bio-printing, education, architecture, aerospace, food science, dentistry, home improvement, jewellery, orthopaedics and prototyping

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2018