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Syllabus for

Academic year
MTT120 - Additive manufacturing
Syllabus adopted 2016-02-12 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPEN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0116 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   16 Mar 2017 am M

In programs

MPAEM MATERIALS ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Docent  Eduard Hryha
Professor  Lars Nyborg
Professor  Antal Boldizar

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic courses in mechanical engineering.


The aim is to establish basic understanding regarding additive manufacturing as industrial method for manufacture of advanced parts. The course covers pre-processing, product design, process know-how, materials selection and basic aspects of manufacturing of metallic and polymeric products with respect to materials and processing technologies.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After completion of the course, the student shall:
  • be able to describe basic principles for additive manufacturing,
  • be able to describe the main processes for the additive manufacturing and their  capabilities,
  • be able to demonstrate basic skills with respect to design for additive manufacturing,
  • understand and describe the AM processes for metallic materials and some polymeric materials,
  • be able to describe technical limitations/product realisation capabilities when applying  additive manufacturing technology as manufacturing method and
  • understand and be able to analyse conditions set by materials technology, for in    particular powder-bed and blown powder/wire-based processes.    


The course addresses following topics:
  • Basic terminology, definitions and technologies in additive manufacturing
  • Preparation/design for AM, including the steps from product design to manufacturing
  • Applications for AM with respect to types of products, appropriate manufacturing series, etc
  • Basics about AM processing including characteristics of different AM technologies
  • Technology and methods applied for metals, polymers and ceramics
  • Basics of materials technology and powder technology of relevance in AM
  • Quality control of AM-parts
  • Integration of AM in manufacturing chain
  • Pre-processing of AM-parts


The course includes a lecture series that covers the main issues of the course, as defined in the course plan. A number of guest lecturers from industry (end-users of AM parts, manufacturers of AM equipment and manufacturers of AM parts) will also contribute with their knowledge. The course includes a compulsory project/group assignment, which is organised to train the participants in designing, manufacturing and evaluating an AM-part. The project is presented both by written report and oral presentation. Besides the lecture series, a number of tutoring events/exercises will be held. During these events, the students will be trained on design/process preparation, AM process knowledge, critical aspects of materials technology in AM and AM applications.


The course is defined by lecture hand outs, problem solving compendium and presented theory/guidelines for practicals, based on the text book "3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing", Priniciples and Applications, 4th edition" by Chee Kai Chua and Kah Fai Leong, ISBN 978-981-4571-41-8, available also a e-book. Changes in course material may be considered. The course participants will in such case be informed prior to start of the course.


The grading will be based on the combination of the final written test and the assessment of the project/group assignment. The project will be assessed based on the quality of written report and presentation by the project group. The project and laborations are compulsory. The grading of the approved project can only upgrade the individual result from the final exam. 

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