This module aims to evaluate current and emerging engineering materials used in polymer and metal based additive manufacturing and prototyping technologies. The aim is to develop a critical understanding of how these materials can be employed and exploited and investigated for strength and durability when used in additive based manufacture. The full range of investigative measures will be considered including destructive and non-destructive investigations.
Methods and approaches
The module aims to develop knowledge in the following areas:
· Understanding of the fundamentals of materials science necessary for the design, analysis and additive manufacture of mechanical components and to understand future developments in new materials and associated advanced manufacturing technologies.
· Understanding of the design processes and methodologies that are required for manufacturing using advanced materials for processes such as ALM and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations.
· Understanding of methodologies to generate an innovative design and prototype using advanced materials and manufacturing processes to fulfil new needs and bespoke product specifications.
· Analysis of case study data in order to select and apply appropriate materials and manufacturing techniques, considering a range of commercial and industrial constraints.