The module descriptors for our undergraduate courses can be found below:

  • Four year Aeronautical Engineering degree (H401)
  • Four year Aeronautical Engineering with a Year Abroad stream (H410)

Students on our H420 programme follow the same programme as the H401 spending fourth year in industry.

The descriptors for all programmes are the same (including H411).


Design for Additive Manufacturing S1

Module aims

 It is vital that the next generation of engineers and designers are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to harness the full potential of Industry 4.0. Part of this new industrial revolution is Additive Manufacturing; an exciting and fast developing area of digital manufacturing.

This module provides engineering students with the platform needed to solve future industry challenges, get the most out of 3D printing technology and optimise designs. The module is aimed at engineering students who have an interest in 3D printing and advanced manufacturing methodology; who have the desire to become industry experts or academic researchers in this exciting area.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be better able to:

Design (Masters S4): 
  Apply appropriate design methods in order to find optimal design solution fit for type of manufacture
Analysis (Reinforces K4): 
  Apply methods of design analysis.
Manufacture (Introduces K1): 
  Explain a broad range of manufacturing parameters and technologies
CAE (Masters K4): 
  Use advanced CAE and numerical methods to optimise designs fit for type of manufacture
Interpretation (Masters A2): 
  Interpret analysis (CAE, numerical and other) into the wider context of product design development, business and manufacturing.
Visualisation (Reinforces A2): 
  Represent complex designs and transient mechanical properties through CAD and visual forms.

Module syllabus

 Additive Manufacture overview:

  ASTM Categories
  key technology
  data flow
  production chain
Design for AM:
  Mass customisation
  data driven
  part consolidation
  embed function
Build considerations:
  CAD prep
  support structures
  post processing
  quality control
  redistributed manufacture
  rapid tooling

Teaching methods

The delivery of this module requires students to bring their own laptops (these are not provided).

This module is delivered through a series of lectures and accompanying practical tutorials. Each tutorials is assigned a homework task which is assessed as part of the module grade. In addition each homework task demonstrates an individual skill associated with DfAM. Students are then challenged to demonstrate these skills collectively in their larger coursework submissions.


Assessment is coursework based. This is done through a mixture of media; practical laboratory testing, viva examination, poster and report.

Students will receive written feedback for their coursework submissions. In addition a poster symposium is delivered at the end of the module and oral feedback will be provided at the event.

Students receive continuous formative feedback from module leaders and GTAs during tutorials.

Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Pass mark
Practical DMT testing and viva 20% 50%
Coursework Tutorial task sheets 20% 50%
Coursework DMT short report 20% 50%
Practical Design project presentations and posters 40% 50%