MEC5891 - Design for additive manufacturing - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Associate Professor Wenyi Yan
Professor Chris Davies

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)




Additive manufacturing allows components to be produced with reduced weight, reduced part count, less scrap, and increased complexity compared to conventional manufacturing processes. However, components must be redesigned to take advantage of these advantages. This unit introduces students to the principles of design for additive manufacturing; the optimisation of designs; and the practical design-to-product workflow.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, interpret and analyse manufacturing options for simple components primarily from an engineering perspective, but also considering the cost of manufacture.
  2. Use creative design methodologies and skills to re-design parts for additive manufacturing.
  3. Use computer modelling techniques to optimise design for additive manufacturing, whilst accounting for the limitations of the methods.
  4. Produce and evaluate a finished part from design to manufacture.
  5. Generate findings in both written and verbal formats and critique and evaluate the work of others.
  6. Engage in regular self-assessment and peer-assessment of individual and team performance as a primary means of tracking continuing professional development.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. A unit requires on average three to five hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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