Additive processes, materials and design for metallic components

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Course contents

This is an interdisciplinary course that covers fields relevant to additive manufacturing. The course content includes: the manufacturing techniques such as SLM (selective laser melting), EBM (electron beam melting) and DED (directed energy deposition); material and material design for additive manufacturing; mechanical properties of additively manufactured components; component design; and sustainability aspects including LCAs and circular economy. The course is given through 15 lectures and an own work in the form of a shorter project task in groups with compulsory project work presentation for all participants of the course.

Intended learning outcomes

The major aim with the course is to give doctoral students in industrial production, material science, machine design and solid mechanics an interdisciplinary understanding of additive production with a focus on metallic materials. Different perspectives will be presented based on different disciplines of teachers and researchers from departments at the school for industrial technology and management (ITM)/KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the unit for Solid Mechanics at the Department of engineering mechanics, the school for technological sciences (SCI)/KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

The course also intends to increase the interaction between doctoral students with a focus on additive manufacturing in different disciplines to strengthen the connections between the different departments and contribute to the interdisciplinary research in KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • summarise and explain the different additive manufacturing processes and describe limitations and possibilities with state-of-the-art 3D printers.
  • give examples of process-structure-property relations for metallic materials produced using additive manufacturing.
  • apply knowledge to anticipate mechanical properties on macro level.
  • apply design criteria for components produced with additive manufacturing processes including cost aspects and sustainability.
  • summarise questions relevant to additive manufacturing in different disciplines in addition to the student's own subject area.


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