This course provides students with the latest knowledge and skills for metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) providing a great foundation for a future career. This includes 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.

Overview

  • Start dateFull-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year
  • DurationMSc: Full-time one year Part-time up to three years; PgDip: Full-time up to one year Part-time two years; PgCert: Full-time up to one year Part-time two years.
  • DeliveryTaught modules 40%, Group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), Individual project 40%
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Who is it for?

Cranfield University offers the MSc course in order to deliver graduates who are able to hold positions of significant engineering responsibility in the wide range of organisations using Metal Additive Manufacturing Technologies. This course provides students with the latest knowledge and skills for metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) providing a great foundation for a future career. This includes 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 will 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.

Why this course?

Cranfield University has over 20 years’ experience in large-scale AM of metallic structures on all fronts i.e. process design; incorporation of ancillary processes (cold work, metrology, inspection); development of specialist hardware and CAM software; qualification of material properties and definition of design and manufacturing rules. 

Our ever-growing materials portfolio features alloys such as titanium, aluminium, iron, nickel and copper-based systems as well as exotic elements such as tungsten, molybdenum, and tantalum.

Access is given to several state-of-the-art AM facilities including Wire + Arc AM systems (based on robotic arms), CNC gantries, laser-wire AM systems and powder-based systems.

Did you know we have the biggest metal 3D printer? 3D printing also known as additive manufacture (AM), enables the production of metal parts at significantly reduced time and cost when compared to existing methods. 

You will join a teaching and research team of approximately 30 people, and will have the chance to work on projects within the WAAMMat consortium. This currently includes 20 industry partners (including Airbus, BAE SYSTEMS, Lockheed Martin, etc).

More details here waammat.com

The development of this new course has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

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Informed by Industry

This course has been designed in close collaboration with Cranfield’s industrial partners. They will continue to help to develop sponsored projects, as well as updating the content of the course in alignment with what’s needed by industry.


Course details

The course includes nine taught compulsory modules, which are generally delivered from October to March. Module titles 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.



Course delivery

Taught modules 40%, Group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), Individual project 40%

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. As a result of external engagement, Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

Example of recent group projects from related courses include:

  • WAAM of 15-5 PH stainless steel using Plasma arc process
  • In-process cold-work of WAAMed aluminium to eliminate porosity
  • Laser Interferometric Technology to Monitor Additive Manufacturing

Individual project

Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge and overcome genuine problems.

Example of recent individual thesis projects from related courses include:

  • Electrical property characterisation of copper and aluminium components made by additive manufacturing
  • Relationships between build rate and mechanical properties in Ti-6-Al-4V
  • Study of building horizontal and inclined walls using additive layer manufacture

Modules

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.


Teaching team

You will be taught by industry-active research academics from Cranfield with an established track record, supported by visiting lecturers from industry.

Accreditation

We are currently seeking accreditation from the following professional bodies:

• Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
• Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
• Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
• Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

The course will be designed to meet the requirements of "The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes" published by the Engineering Council.


Your career

This qualification takes you on to a wide range of careers involving metal additive manufacturing processes, with experts needed in all fields from design, processes or simulation. Responsibilities include research, development, design, engineering, consultancy and management across a broad range of industrial sectors.

Cranfield Careers Service

Our Careers Service can help you find the job you want after leaving Cranfield. We will work with you to identify suitable opportunities and support you in the job application process for up to three years after graduation. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers.

How to apply

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.