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Additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies

This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the principles behind some of the most recent developments in the processing of high value added components. There is a strong emphasis on high efficiency and reduced cost in the manufacture of high volume and/or high value added parts using the latest technology based around advanced machining processes and additive techniques. The module will cover the physical principles, operating characteristics and practical aspects related to these key technologies.




Isidro Durazo-Cardenas

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30 hours lectures, 70 independent learning time including written assignment. 


Coursework worth 15 credits



On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

  • Critically review recent developments in machining and fabrication processes for the production of engineering components and identify their main areas of application and limitations.
  • Describe and apply the relationships between material properties, processing conditions and component service performance.
  • Analyse how the physical principles behind the operation of these processes can be used to monitor process capability and performance.
  • Apply design rules and fabrication techniques to manufacture micro components.
  • Assess different routes for the high volume manufacture of micro components.


  • Metal cutting processes and practice
  • Abrasive machining processes and practice
  • Non-conventional machining including photochemical machining and associated metal removal and addition processes
  • Micro machining and micro moulding
  • Machine tool components and machine-materials interactions.


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