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Additive manufacturing, more commonly known now as 3D printing, is a collection of technologies that allow us to create anything, regardless of its complexity. It is used in nearly every sector across the world, from automotive engineering to art. 3D printing offers the design freedom to make the things we want, rather than those that are limited by their manufacturing technologies, with consideration for the environment and sustainability.
There are thousands of new product introductions each year, from computer mice to new cars and everything in between. All of these products need to be not just designed, but also manufactured. Rapid-prototyping with 3D printers allows new product designs to be made and iterated through until a viable solution is finalised.

In this innovative unit, you will learn how to use simple software tools (computer aided design – CAD) to create designs that may then be turned into a physical form using 3D printing. These physical forms can be made in different materials and colours, depending on their intended use. No previous knowledge or experience of CAD or 3D Printing is needed to participate, full support and encouragement will be provided.

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Key InformationPoints300Effort60 hoursPrerequisitesnoneRelease Date03/11/23
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Pete Gough – Unit Lead

On completion you will be awarded this virtual certification:

Catherine Lynch – Pastoral Support

Catherine is able to support with any signposting to wider University resources and services, such as Disability Service, Careers and Study Skills. For support directly about subject content, please speak to the unit leader first.

Mâir Bull – Programme Leader