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Additive manufacturing

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Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, uses technologies that build 3D objects directly by adding layer-upon-layer of material such as polymer, metal, and ceramic. The advent of AM provides significant new potentials in terms of design and application. Hence, AM has attracted huge interest in a diverse set of industries and research areas.

This course aims to provide a project-based approach for the application of AM in industrial projects. The course covers the topics of interest in both material science and mechanical engineering.

In this course, students first learn the key concepts of AM. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills required for the project work during course lectures and exercises. During this course, students will learn about the principles of AM processes, the common macroscopic and microscopic defects in AM processes, and the effect of process parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties. Students will also learn and apply design for additive manufacturing (DFAM), topology optimization, the trade-offs between various AM processes and will be able to select appropriate AM technologies.

The exercises and project work in the course enable students to apply their knowledge and receive feedback on concrete case studies. The pedagogical team will support students by continuously providing guidance and feedback during the project works.

Intended learning outcome:

After this course, students are expected to acquire the following competences:

Subject-specific competences:

  • Understand the key concepts in additive manufacturing (e.g. principles of AM processes, defects in AM, design for AM, and topology optimization, etc.)
  • Be able to anticipate the possible defects in AM processes.
  • Understand process parameter effects on the microstructure and mechanical properties.
  • Be able to select an appropriate AM technology and evaluate the options.
  • Apply and develop knowledge through project-based tasks.
  • Design parts suitable for additive manufacturing.
  • Be able to prototype designed products with AM machines.

Generic competences:

  • Practice communication skills in English.
  • Be able to provide customized design, customer-oriented solutions in project work (Innovation skills).
  • Solve new and complex problems and make decisions even in unexpected design situations (Critical thinking skills).
  • Be able to handle uncertainties and provide a creative solution in project works.
  • Apply the knowledge gathered during the course in project work.


Tampere University
Eric Coatanéa
Tampere University
Hossein Mokhtarian

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Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Technical studies
Materials engineering
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Tampere University
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General prerequisites:
It is recommended to be familiar with CAD software (e.g. Solidworks, Siemens NX, Catia, etc.) and to have a background in one of the relevant field of studies (Mechanical engineering, Material science, Industrial engineering)
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