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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

This learning area enables you to drive digital production through Additive Manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology is widely acknowledged to be revolutionary. In the short-term, AM will alter the manufacturing and logistics landscape and on a long-term scale, it will have a significant impact towards attaining our common climate goals, by reducing the weight of components and providing novel near-net-shape manufacturing. 

Technological advances in high-power robust energy sources, improvements in data handling and automation during the last two decades, have resulted in the significant advance of AM technology, transforming it from a method for rapid prototyping into a high-tech production technology for advanced high-quality components.

Learning outcome
Describe generic attributes of AM in relation to other manufacturing technologies.
Describe basic principles of seven main categories of AM technologies.
Describe the main processes for AM and their capabilities and limitations.
Describe technical limitations/product realization capabilities when applying AM technology as a manufacturing method.
Demonstrate basic skills with respect to part preparations including material selection, design of support structures, part orientation, and general design considerations for polymer and metal Additive Manufacturing.
Exhibit an understanding of various AM process settings and related slicing software for polymer AM.
Demonstrate an understanding of the file conversion process for AM and 3D scanning methods for reverse engineering.
Demonstrate the skills on when and how to select an AM process for a specific application.
Understand the importance of quality assurance in additive manufacturing and its impact on product performance and reliability.
Learn techniques for analyzing the surface topography and dimensional accuracy of additive-manufactured parts to detect defects and ensure quality.
Explore various post-additive manufacturing processes aimed at enhancing the surface and mechanical properties, functionality, aesthetics, and durability of AM products.
Gain skills in implementing quality assurance techniques and post-processing methods through hands-on exercises and case studies.
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