Design for Additive Manufacture MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
Not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£9,500
International fees:
£21,000
Location:
Loughborough
Study area:
Design

Achievements

36th

in the world for Art and Design

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

2nd

in the UK for Design

Guardian University Guide 2018

4th

in the UK for Design

Complete University Guide 2018

Overview

Our Design for Additive Manufacture MSc programme covers key areas of digital design and fabrication, including Additive Manufacture (otherwise known as 3D printing), 3D scanning and advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Our Design for Additive Manufacture MSc programme has been specially designed to help you strengthen your knowledge and skillsets in the current and emerging technologies within the field of digital design and fabrication, specifically Additive Manufacture. Also known as 3D Printing, Additive Manufacture enables the physical realisation of complex parts not previously possible with other manufacturing processes, thereby giving you the opportunity to enhance your creativity and innovation. In addition to learning about Additive Manufacture, you will also be introduced to other supporting enabling technologies, such as 3D scanning and advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD), in order to get the most out of Additive Manufacturing technologies.

In addition to learning about Design for Additive Manufacture, Loughborough Design School offers you a unique combination of design and specialist human factors teaching, which will equip you with core and specialist design skills.

The content of the Design for Additive Manufacture programme ‎enables you to develop your skills and competencies in both the creative and analytical aspects of Design for Additive Manufacture whilst working on a diverse range of projects, thereby designing artefacts which aim to serve a purpose whilst being viable in terms of cost and manufacturability.‎

Programme content may include industry-supported projects, which provide an exciting and realistic ‎opportunity to engage with current industry developments and methods of working.‎

The Design School and its dedicated DReAM Lab (Design Research for Additive Manufacturing) is equipped with a wide variety of equipment including:

  • Ultimakers, Makerbots and specialised machines from Markforged for fibre reinforced 3D Printing
  • FormLabs for stereolithography
  • Industry standard Stratasys machines including Objet Connex 500 and Dimension 1200es
  • A wide range of advanced 3D CAD software including SolidWorks, Creo, Rhino, Geomagic FreeForm and Netfabb
  • A selection of hand-held 3D scanners, including 3D Systems/ZCorp ZScanner800 and Artec Eva/Leo.

What makes this programme different?

  • Access to a wide range of 3D scanning and Additive Manufacturing facilities both within the Design School and across campus
  • Well-equipped computer laboratories with a wide variety of CAD software
  • Development of knowledge and skillsets in current and emerging technologies
  • Industrially relevant curriculum, with the opportunity for industry-supported projects

Who should study this programme?

Our Design for Additive Manufacture programme is ideal for recent graduates and those ‎currently working within industry, specifically within creative disciplines such as Product Design. It aims to improve your ‎effectiveness as a designer within industry and seeks to advance your knowledge and specialist skills to a higher level, thereby giving you a unique and strong advantage in the workplace.‎

An honours degree (2.1 or above) or an equivalent overseas qualification. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio with their application, providing evidence of design practice at an appropriate standard. Most applicants are expected to have a design background but we will consider applicants from a range of disciplines relevant to product design (including disciplines such as industrial design and mechanical engineering). Applicants should demonstrate experience and competence in 3D CAD including solid and surface modelling. For those not able to provide a portfolio, it is important that the applicant's personal statement explains their interest in product design.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Design for Additive Manufacture MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Modules

The aim of this module is to give you an appreciation of the issues involved in the collection and analysis of data ‎for design research projects. You will be looking at both quantitative and qualitative data. Module content includes: ethics; design thinking; secondary research and analysis; questionnaire and ‎survey methods and techniques; interview and focus groups methods and techniques; design ‎ethnography; diary studies and cultural probes; analysis methods for design researchers; converting ‎user insights into design opportunities. ‎

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials and guided independent study. Assessment is coursework-based.

The aim of this module is to provide you with experience and skills in industrial design including ‎understanding of key principles, processes and technologies and their application to the design of ‎product and components. ‎ Module content includes: understanding and applying the design process; identifying user needs and goals; ‎concept generation; design tools and technologies; prototyping and low fidelity testing; selecting and ‎employing presentation techniques.‎

Teaching and learning methods include tutorials, practical classes and workshops, demonstrations and guided independent study. Assessment is coursework-based. ‎

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the opportunities, principles and rules associated with design for Additive Manufacturing. This will be explored through the design, development and prototyping of individual components and or simple products for and utilising low-cost or readily available Additive Manufacture. In addition, the economic implications (cost, price, batch size, supply, delivery) will be explored for a given context (e.g. in-house manufacture of an assembly component or entrepreneurial production of bespoke artefacts). Module content includes: understanding and applying principles of Design for Additive Manufacture; tools required for Design for Additive Manufacture; Rapid Prototyping; Additive Manufacture process selection; operation of low-cost 3D Printers; cost estimation for different Additive Manufacturing systems; cost estimations for client/customer/end user value for a given AM product/component; business value proposition development.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, and guided independent study. Assessment is coursework-based and may include an individual/group presentation.

The aim of this module is to enable you to understand the key working principles of Additive ‎Manufacture / 3D Printing, including process identification and selection, materials and economic ‎considerations. ‎Module content includes: AM principles and standards; AM process selection; AM working principles and ‎most commonly used technologies; materials and economic considerations.

Teaching and learning methods include: lectures, tutorials and guided independent study. Assessment includes coursework (70%) and an exam (30%).

The aim of this module is to provide you with experience and skillsets in prototyping using Additive and Subtractive manufacturing processes (using 3D Printing and 3D milling respectively). Additional knowledge and skillsets include process planning, prototyping technologies, and their application to the ‎design of ‎products and components. Module content includes: understanding and applying prototyping within the design process; prototyping tools ‎and technologies; selecting and ‎employing prototyping tools and techniques.‎

Teaching and learning: tutorials, practical classes and workshops, demonstrations and guided independent study. Assessment is coursework-based.

The aim of this module is to provide you with experience and skills in advanced Computer-Aided Design ‎and Engineering (CAD/E) software and associated tools, ‎including ‎understanding process and planning, ‎simulation and virtual prototyping, awareness of software functionalities and their application to ‎the ‎design of ‎products and components. Module content includes: understanding and applying advanced CAD within the design process; virtual ‎prototyping and simulation tools; selecting and ‎employing software tools and techniques.‎

Teaching and learning: tutorials, practical classes and workshops, demonstrations and guided independent study. Assessment is coursework-based.

The aim of this module is to identify a design problem to research in the most appropriate way for the ‎chosen problem area. You will then arrive at a feasible, agreed project brief and develop this into a ‎detailed product design specification. You will then conceive, design and develop an appropriate ‎product or components that meet the specification. Module content includes: applying design for AM techniques; demonstrating an iterative design process; ‎designing a new product or component using creative flair, critical analysis and appropriate tools; using ‎creativity and innovation to solve problems; generating an appropriate project brief; carrying out ‎research, ethics and using appropriate research methods; developing detailed design specifications; ‎designing and applying appropriate virtual and physical evaluation methods; carrying out detailed ‎iterative prototyping using a range of tools and methods; managing time and resources effectively; ‎making presentations of core findings, requirements and design concepts to maximise impact.

Teaching and learning: lectures, tutorials and guided independent study. Assessment is coursework-based and may include an individual/group presentation.

How you'll be assessed

Assessments include a combination of coursework and exams, and may also include individual/group presentations.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions
Supervision
Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Loughborough Design School is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Possible careers include: technical roles involving 3D Scanning, CAD and/or Additive Manufacture; research and development; industrial design; product design; designer-maker; prototyping; Additive Manufacture/3D printing services and other roles in product development and manufacturing.

Your personal development

The content of the programme ‎enables you to develop your skills and competencies in both the creative and analytical aspects of ‎product design whilst working on a diverse range of projects, thereby designing products which aim to serve a purpose whilst being viable in terms of cost and manufacturability.‎

Key skills that you will develop include: design for Additive Manufacture principles and practice; qualitative and quantitative design research methods; rapid prototyping; prototype evaluation; principles of business, enterprise and entrepreneurship; team working; project management, and; effective communication.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£9,500
International:
£21,000

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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