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Additive manufacturing

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Additive manufacturing

This free course, Additive manufacturing, introduces you to its key concepts. It covers the fundamentals of the additive manufacturing (AM) process, the steps involved in creating a model and building an artefact, the materials and techniques used, as well as the design implications and the factors which affect the functionality of the finished parts.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe additive manufacturing and explain its advantages and disadvantages
  • explain the processes used in additive manufacturing for a range of materials and applications
  • understand the role of additive manufacturing in the design process and the implications for design
  • describe the effects of surface finish and microstructural properties on behaviour for components produced using additive manufacturing
  • display an awareness of residual stresses that may occur during additive manufacturing and their effects.

First Published: 20/07/2016

Updated: 20/08/2019