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Course syllabus for

Academic year
IMS075 - Additive manufacturing
Additiv tillverkning
Course syllabus adopted 2022-09-08 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: FRIST
5,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 99116
Open for exchange students: No
Minimum participants: 15
Maximum participants: 50

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Examination 4,0 c Grading: TH   4,0 c    
0219 Project 1,0 c Grading: UG   1,0 c    

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Lars Nyborg


General entry requirements for bachelor's level studies

Specific entry requirements

English 6 + Production Engineering/Product Development corresponding to 7.5 credit units and materials technology corresponding to 5 credit units as well as some experience in CAD

Course specific prerequisites

English 6 + Production Engineering/Product Development corresponding to 7.5 credit units and materials technology corresponding to 5 credit units as well as some experience in CAD


The aim is to establish basic understanding regarding additive manufacturing (AM) as the industrial method for prototyping and manufacture of advanced parts. The course provides an overview of techniques for metal, polymer/composite and ceramic with their limitations and possibilities. International definitions are introduced and terminology is explained. The course covers pre-processing, components design for AM, process know-how, materials selection and basic aspects of manufacturing of metallic and polymeric products with respect to materials and processing technologies. Certain aspects of additive manufacturing of ceramics are also covered.

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

  • describe basic principles for metal additive manufacturing (AM)
  • describe the main technologies of additive manufacturing, their capabilities and limitations
  • demonstrate basic skills with respect to design for additive manufacturing
  • demonstrate skills regarding product design from product idea via manufacture to evaluation of final product
  • describe and give examples of why finishing machining of component would be necessary
  • describe methods for post-AM processing
  • demonstrate skills regarding process selection and understanding of product design, materials selection and production volume for different AM-technologies


The course consists of a number of lectures / seminars presenting various new areas. A project assignment is carried out with focus on selection, design and additive manufacturing of components. The project assignment includes critical evaluation of the different metal additive manufacturing technologies and available materials with focus on suitability of the selected method
Examples of selected parts in the course:
  • Introduction to additive manufacturing (AM)
  • Overview techniques for additive manufacturing
  • Introduction to software for pre-processing/preparation of additive manufacturing
  • Material aspects, additive manufacturing metals
  • Design for additive manufacturing
  • Quality and process control
  • Applications additive manufacturing
  • Post-manufacturing treatment of AM-components


The course is organised via distance learning. Lectures are provided via Zoom/Skype/Microsoft Teams and introduction to software for pre-processing of additive manufacturing like Simplify 3D och Magics is included. The software will be reachable for the project work by external connection. The course is divided into three parts:

Week 25 to week 26: lectures, introduction
Week 27 to week 29: individual work and group work
Week 30 to week 34: lectures, group work, presentation of group work, examination


Lecture notes (pdf) will published on course web and define the course contents.
Reference course book is: Additive Manufacturing Technologies by Ian Gibson, see!/search?ho=t&l=en&q=gibson%20additive. The book by Gibson can be bought as paper-back at reasonable cost at Chalmers or from different sources. Problem solving examples are defined separately and not necessarily taken from reference course book. Lecture notes (Powerpoint presentations) will published on course web and constitute the main source for the course. The software programmes for AM pre-processing Simplify 3D (for polymer printing) and Magics (for powder-bed based AM) are installed at Chalmers for project work.

Examination including compulsory elements

Additive manufacturing, exam 4p
Additive manufacturing, project 1p
For final grade both parts must be passed
Approved exam
Approved project report

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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