May 31, 2016 | By Benedict

Anglia Ruskin has become the first university in the UK to offer a dedicated Additive Manufacturing postgraduate course. The MSc, available to graduates from a range of STEM backgrounds, is being supported by a grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Earlier this month, former Education Secretary Lord Baker called upon Britain to put a 3D printer in every primary school. Although that proposal is unlikely to be realized in the immediate future, 3D printers are being taken very seriously at the other end of the education ladder. Anglia Ruskin, a public university with campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, and Peterborough, will this year offer a 1-2 year Additive Manufacturing postgraduate course aimed at engineering and physical sciences graduates. Students enrolled on the course will be able to access workshops and engineering labs which have seen over £2 million of investment over the last three years.

The new course will take place at The Faculty of Science & Technology at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus, which boasts a number of additive manufacturing facilities at its MedBIC Innovation Centre. These include desktop and commercial 3D printers, as well as direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) equipment. Students working and researching in the Innovation Centre will be able to design, develop, and test engineering solutions using state-of-the-art design software and printing equipment, and will have access to a range of 3D printing materials, from plastics to high-end metal compounds.

The Additive Manufacturing MSc will teach students theoretical and technical courses, but will also be highly vocational, challenging students to carry out a project within a real business to solve real-world manufacturing problems. The course will therefore equip students with both technical 3D printing skills and first-hand business experience, both of which will help the postgraduate learners with their future careers in additive manufacturing. An understanding of the business and production issues surrounding additive manufacturing will be made paramount, while emphasis will also be placed on the development of problem-solving, critical, analytical, interpersonal, and computational skills.

“Our course, which begins this September, will help students to develop a career in advanced manufacturing engineering, or improve their skills if they are already working in the industry,” said Dr Habtom Mebrahtu, Deputy Head of Engineering and the Built Environment at Anglia Ruskin and Course Leader for the MSc in Additive Manufacturing. “Students may want to work as a production or research engineer, mechanical designer, or technical lead working directly in engineering and design, or use this degree as a step towards a career in operations, project management, or consultancy.”

The course will cover a range of topics, including 3D CAD modeling, business strategy, and engineering management, and will teach students to produce functional 3D printed products and prototypes for use in the biomedical and aviation sectors, amongst others. Students can choose to take the course in one year (full time) or two years (part time), at a total cost of £7,100 (UK/EU) or £11,700 (international).

Core Modules of Anglia Ruskin’s Additive Manufacturing MSc:

  • 3D CAD and Digital Techniques
  • Additive Manufacturing Strategy
  • Computer Aided Engineering Analysis
  • Innovative Product Design and Manufacture
  • Engineering Management Systems
  • Post Processing of Additive Manufactured (AM) products
  • Industrially Based Project

To help get the new Additive Manufacturing program off the ground, Anglia Ruskin received funding from HEFCE as part of a pilot scheme to promote engineering and computer science conversion courses.



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