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Rapid Prototyping Journal

Rapid Prototyping Journal

The international journal for research on additive manufacturing and 3D printing

ISSN: 1355-2546

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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2017 Impact Factor: 2.346*
5-year Impact Factor (2017): 3.683*

CiteScore 2017: 3.31
CiteScoreTracker 2018: 4.00 (Updated Monthly)

RPJ video.


Meet the Editors in this introductory video. Please note: Professor Ian Gibson's affiliation is now Deakin University, not NUS as shown in the video.

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 Why read Rapid Prototyping Journal?

Rapid Prototyping Journal is the world's leading journal covering additive manufacturing (AM) and related technologies. The journal concentrates on development in a manufacturing environment but covers applications in other areas, such as medicine and construction. All papers published in this field are scattered over a wide range of international publications, none of which actually specializes in this particular discipline, this journal is a vital resource for anyone involved in additive manufacturing. It draws together important refereed papers on all aspects of AM from distinguished sources all over the world, to give a truly international perspective on this dynamic and exciting area. For a full list of the journal's review board, please see below.


  • Benchmarking – certification and qualification in AM
  • Mass customisation in AM
  • Design for AM
  • Materials aspects
  • Reviews of processes/applications 
  • CAD and other software aspects 
  • Enhancement of existing processes 
  • Integration with design process 
  • Management implications 
  • New AM processes 
  • Novel applications of AM parts 
  • AM for tooling 
  • Medical applications 
  • Reverse engineering in relation to AM

Rapid Prototyping Journal is indexed and abstracted in:

  • Academic Source Complete
  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Computer Science - Business Information Systems and Management
  • CSA Engineering Research Database
  • CSA High Technology; Research Database with Aerospace
  • CSA Materials Research Database with METADEX
  • CSA Technology Research Database
  • EI Compendex
  • Engineering Index
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals
  • ProQuest Science Journals
  • ReadCube Discover
  • Recent Advances in Manufacturing Database (RAM)
  • TOC Premier
  • Zetoc

And ranked in:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded SCIE (Clarivate Analytics)
  • Scopus

Rapid Prototyping Journal is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Engineering eJournals Collection. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit the Emerald Engineering eJournals Collection page.

This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the . More on Emerald's approach is available in our Publication Ethics guidelines.

* 2017 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2018)

Sample Article

  • Chad E. Duty, Vlastimil Kunc, Brett Compton, Brian Post, Donald Erdman, Rachel Smith, Randall Lind, Peter Lloyd and Lonnie Love
    Volume: 23 Issue: 1