Cranfield University launches MSc in Metal Additive Manufacturing

March 25, 2019

Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK, has announced the launch of a new MSc in Metal Additive Manufacturing. The course is expected to provide students with the latest knowledge and skills for metal Additive Manufacturing, providing a foundation for future careers in the industry.

This will include a grounding in AM processes and their capabilities, designing AM systems, qualification, modelling and materials. Practical experience will be gained through assignments and group and individual projects, in close collaboration with leading industrial end-users.

The graduate degree will be available as either a full-time or part-time course, with intake for the full-time course in October and part-time programmes running throughout the year. Taken as a full-time course, the MSc will have a duration of one year, while the part-time programme may be taken over up to three years. Compulsory taught modules will include:

  • Additive Manufacturing System Design
  • Finite Element Analysis (theory and hands-on experience on FEA)
  • General Management
  • Management of Manufacturing Quality (defects, standards, procedures, statistical control)
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing Processes (an overview of the technologies used in metal AM)
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing Metallurgy (will provide an understanding of micro-structures and metallurgical characteristics of various alloy systems deposited by AM).
  • Net-shape Manufacturing (a closer look at the net-shape AM processes, plus others)
  • Post-processing for AM (understanding and selecting the most appropriate post-processing techniques)

The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the ‘tools’ required for the group and individual projects.

Cranfield stated that its MSc course aims to deliver graduates who are able to hold positions of significant engineering responsibility in the wide range of organisations using metal Additive Manufacturing technologies. Graduates will also meet a major part of the requirements for membership of the appropriate professional organisations, and will have experience and skills in the management of research and development projects.

Cranfield University has more than twenty years’ experience in the large-scale AM of metallic structures in a number of areas, from process design to the incorporation of ancillary processes (cold work, metrology, inspection), the development of specialist hardware and CAM software, and the qualification of material properties and definition of design and manufacturing rules. Most recently, it collaborated with Thales Alenia Space, Cannes, France, and Glenalmond Technologies, Glasgow, UK, to produce the first full-scale prototype of a titanium pressure vessel to be used in future manned space missions, using Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).

The MSc in Metal Additive Manufacturing is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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