Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing (autumn)
This is a two week intensive module. This module examines both the basic implementation and theory of additive manufacturing, its translation into modern additive manufacturing techniques that are currently being researched and exploited within both academia and industry which result in net shape parts.
The content of the module is as follows:
- Introduction and individual coursework setting
- Design and design systems for AM
- Integration aspects with 3D scanning
- Overview of the 7 ASTM AM processes
- Material Jetting
- Powder Bed Fusion
- Vat Polymerisation
- Material Extrusion
- Direct Energy Deposition
- Sheet Lamination
- Binder Jetting
- Commercial 3D Printing
- Experimental Systems for AM
- Materials Requirements for 3D Printing
- InkJet materials
- Software and systems
- Impact of AM and 3D Printing
- Case Studies of AM in Industry
- The Future of AM and 3D Printing
The module will be mainly delivered in an intensive week(s) of lectures and laboratory classes.
Group Grand Challenge (autumn)
The module aims to provide the opportunity to work in small, multidisciplinary teams to address a grand challenge in the area of additive manufacturing.
Although some variation in content is expected due to the varying nature of the possible challenges, it is expected that a common project will take the following form:
- Discussion of challenge with the tutor and setting of challenge brief
- Literature review and fact finding
- Definition of challenge brief and setting of aims, objectives, deliverables, methodology and time-plan
- Experimental/theoretical/computational work
- Analysis and interpretation of results
- Presentation of results
In many cases the project will take the form of a design and make project in which the stages of the project will include the evaluation of alternative design concepts, engineering analysis, prototyping, performance evaluation and improvement.
This is a module which requires personal engagement in the classes and there is no examination. In this way the module is like the Individual Project.
The module has four cycles, each comprising students individually preparing a talk, and report, on a topic within a theme and with a title that has been negotiated with the Teachers straight after the Teachers have delivered an introductory lecture on that theme.
The point of this module is to improve oral presentation and engineering report-writing skills using advanced materials as a vehicle.
The classes are seminars, where good practice is openly discussed and materials' advantages and disadvantages are openly debated.
This module is designed to deal with a wide range of materials (including advanced metallic, ceramic, glass, composite and polymeric-based materials) for a wide range of applications. Also it considers materials' themes, such as aerospace materials, medical materials, coatings, carbon-based materials, and so on.
The module deals with:
- the underlying principles behind the suitability of material properties for the targeted applications
- the processing of these materials
- the effects of processing on their subsequent structure and properties
- ultimate performance
Advanced Topics in Additive Manufacturing (spring)
The module will be based on a number of topics of interest in research in additive manufacturing, which may change over time as the module is refreshed to reflect the current state of the art. Example topics to be included in the module programme include materials development for AM, in-situ and post process characterisation of materials and structures and computational methods for the modelling, design and optimisation of AM processes and parts.
Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design (spring)
A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:
- Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
- Project planning and use of Microsoft Project
- Measurement and error analysis
- Development of laboratory skills including safety and risk assessment
Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:
- Meshing for computational engineering applications
- Modelling using CAE packages
- Use of CES Selector software
- Specific laboratory familiarisation
- Use of MSVisio software for process flow
- Use of HYSYS process modelling software
- Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits
The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.
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Introduction to Metrology (spring)
This is a one-week intensive module. The course provides cutting-edge lectures on a range of metrology topics for dimensional measurement of additive structures. Topics include introductory and advanced metrology lectures, and hands-on training in the use of measuring instruments.
The lectures are designed to give a feel for the subject and why it is important, but do not cover difficult mathematical detail. The lectures will cover the following topics: Basics of measurement, terminology, SI units, uncertainty analysis, tolerance principles, length measurement, form measurement, coordinate measurement, x-ray computed tomography and surface texture measurement.
The module will be mainly delivered in an intensive week of lectures and laboratory classes.
Individual Postgraduate Project for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing MSc (summer)
This course includes a 60 credit research project, which is completed over the summer. The project area is flexible and will be supervised by a member of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing.
Previous research projects have included:
- Exploring the compatibility between conductive metals processed by Metaljet and dielectric substrates
- Development of water soluble biocompatible inks to print vascularised tissues
- Multi-material printing of biodegradable polymers for manufacturing dual drug delivery devices for chronic diseases
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Advanced Technology Review (spring)
This module will initially look at new technology development and introduction focusing on innovation, funding and decision-making processes. The rest of the module will cover an engineering topic dealing with new and/or rapidly developing technologies with important applications.
Coverage of each subject will typically include:
- a review of background and context, importance, and pressures driving development
- engineering principles, current research and development objectives and progress being made
- case study illustration(s)
- analysis of prospects, technology transfer, market applications, challenges and imperatives
Topics are selected each year to reflect current developments and issues; one or more topics may be changed each time the module is run. These topics will be associated with activities in major segments of manufacturing or service industries or of generic technologies. In each case, emphasis will be placed on review and analysis.
Materials Design Against Failure (spring)
This module focuses on understanding and manipulating of material's microstructure to avoid failure. It addresses the main areas of mechanical failure using specific material system examples to illustrate how materials design is used to develop better materials for particular applications.
The four areas are:
- Design for strength – metallic alloys, ceramics
- Design for toughness – metallic alloys (including discussion of strength/toughness balance for Al alloys)
- Design for creep resistance - metallic alloys
- Design for fatigue resistance
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
Modules are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework, including engineering and management reports, essays, software programs, oral presentations and a project dissertation.
The range of assessment methods provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate transferable skills relevant to a wide range of engineering disciplines.
As well as providing you with the advanced skills and knowledge you need to become a professional in the advanced manufacturing and 3D sector or to pursue a related career in research, this master's level course will help you to understand the wider multidisciplinary engineering context around this rapidly evolving field. You will also:
- appreciate the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations affecting engineering decisions
- gain a critical awareness of current problems and new insights informed by or at the of forefront additive manufacturing and 3D printing
- develop initiative and creativity in problem solving, as well as other transferable skills which can be applied throughout your career
Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing is one of the University of Nottingham's research strengths. We are home to the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, which houses our 3D printing facility. It is one of the largest additive manufacturing research groups in the world.
Nottingham has a long history of collaboration with industry, our graduates consistently gaining top jobs with major companies.
This course can provide you with a strong foundation for moving into a relevant industry, improve your employability, or be the basis for further study at PhD level through the pursuit of a career in research.
The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.
Average starting salary and career progression
92.3% of postgraduates from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000, with the highest being £32,000.
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
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As a student on this course, there are no additional costs for your budget, apart from your tuition fees and living expenses. Lab and safety equipment is provided for free by the Department.
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