Net Shape Manufacturing 

Module Title - Net Shape Manufacturing
Number of credits – 10

Module description

Net shape or near net shape manufacturing technologies aim at producing a part to its final or near-to-final shape in a single process. This category of manufacturing technologies includes: casting and injection moulding of ceramic and metallic materials, powder metallurgy, advanced metal forming and joining technologies, and rapid manufacturing.

Rapid manufacturing is designated for manufacturing components from their CAD files directly without using a mould or a die. It includes: direct laser fabrication, selective laser sintering, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, laminate manufacturing and net shape HIPping.

This course will introduce the state-of-art of various net shape manufacturing techniques, with a special emphasis on rapid manufacture, including the mechanism of individual techniques, their pros and cons, their applications and limitations.

During the course, students will be asked to design their own components and create CAD files of those components and manufacture them using DTM laser Sintersation in the IRC.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Understand the mechanism of various rapid manufacturing techniques
  • Create CAD files of simple components
  • Manufacture those components from their CAD files using laser and selected powder