Where is APICAM2019 being held?

APICAM is being held the RMIT City Campus, right in the heart of Melbourne. Located just a 10 minute tram or train ride away from the centre of Melbourne. This state-of-the-art facility is a leader in Australian education and has been at the forefront of innovation and design since its creation in 1887. It is a central design piece of Melbourne’s CBD and is surrounded by Melbourne’s top landmarks. For more information on the location, go to the Venue webpage:

How do I get from the airport to the conference location?

The Skybus will take you from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station,which is right in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD. From here, you can catch a train to Melbourne Central station, which is across the road from the conference venue.

Alternatively, Melbourne Airport is serviced by plenty of taxis. Just give yourself plenty of time if you’re arriving during peak hour as traffic does build up.

Is the conference close to other Melbourne attractions?

The conference couldn’t be more centrally located. The Botanic Gardens, Southbank, The Queen Victoria Market, Lygon St., Flinders Lane, The MCG and the famous suburbs of Carlton, Brunswick, Fitzroy, Richmond and St. Kilda are all easily-accessible by public transport. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to filling in time around the conference.

What is Myki and how does it work?

Myki is Melbourne’s public transport smartcard used throughout Melbourne’s public transport system. Each station has a Myki machine where you can top up your Myki or purchase a Myki card. You can also top up your card at convenience stores like 7/11. There is a ‘touch on’ point at each train station as well as on buses and trams. Remember, machines don’t give change, so only put in what you want to spend. Myki machines accept EFTPOS and Credit Card payments.

What is the current exchange rate?

As of 03 December 2018, the exchange rate was:

  • $1AUD = 0.72USD
  • $1AUD = 0.62EUR
  • $1AUD = 0.56GBP
  • $1AUD = 0.95SGD
  • $1AUD = 79.85JPY
  • $1AUD = 4.76CNY


There are several places to exchange money at the Melbourne Airport. If you are staying in the CBD or nearby there are numerous options, including:

  • Travel Money Oz, 142 Elizabeth St, CBD
  • United Currency Exchange, 261-263 Swanston Street, Melbourne
  • Travelex, 48/188 Swanston Street, Melbourne
What sort of weather should I expect?

Melbourne weather is infamous for its unpredictability, but winters are generally cool and relatively dry. Bring an umbrella or a raincoat just in case an unexpected downpour occurs, and bring a good winter coat.


How do I submit an abstract?

Please submit your conference abstract to Tanya Smith, Materials Australia Executive Officer on

Include a title, authors and main presenter, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and the proposed Symposium where you best fit. This extended opportunity is provided so that APICAM2019 best serves the professional community.

Are there abstract templates and guidelines?

Yes, you should download the Abstract Template and Guidelines before submitting your abstract.

How long should my abstract be?

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

How should the abstract be formatted?

Please use A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) paper size. The abstract should be less than 250 words, with page margins of 25 mm all around. Use font type Arial, with single spaced lines. Title of the paper (14 points, bolded) is followed by one blank line. The presenting author’s name should be underlined. Author’s affiliations (12 points, italic, centered) and email address of the contact person are written in separate rows. Abstract text (12 points) in paragraphs. The abstract may include one figure with the figure caption (12 points, italic, centered) underneath the figure. The abstract including figure should fit on a single page.

What are the abstract topics?

Technical topics for this year's meeting can be found here.

Do I have to be a Materials Australia member to submit an abstract?

No, you do not need to be a TMS member.


What is the theme of APICAM2019?

The conference will cover a variety of themes across a range of areas of additive manufacturing. The themes will be dedicated to exploring the latest advances in the area and the ways in which these advances can be used to navigate the challenges that the industry will face.

When will speakers be announced?

Some of the plenary speakers have already been announced. You can learn more about each speaker here.

Who is APICAM?

APICAM is the Asia-Pacific International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (APICAM). The conference is facilitated by Materials Australia, the peak Australian materials technology body. Materials Australia is dedicated to advancing the additive manufacturing sector through their work in the materials science engineering and technology sectors.

For more information about Materials Australia, visit: