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MG2044 Additive Manufacturing 6.0 credits

With the advances in additive manufacturing (AM) as a digital manufacturing method, there is a growing need for engineers to learn AM to exploit its capacities and to bring its potentials to everyday life. The shortage of highly skilled individuals in fact demands new educational programmes in the highest level such as in master courses. Accordingly, this course addresses a set of comprehensive know-how about AM technologies and their parameters to process a variety of materials from metals and polymers. This will be given to master students from engineering backgrounds (production engineering, materials science, mechanical design, engineering mechanics, etc.) to fill the current knowledge gaps for AM adoption and exploitation in manufacturing metals and polymers.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MG2044 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course deals with:

  • Technologies and materials for metal additive manufacturing (with a focus on parameters and components in Laser Powder Bed Fusion, Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion and Direct Energy Deposit),
  • Technologies and material forms for polymer additive manufacturing (with a focus on parameters and components in Fused Deposit Modelling, stereolithography, binder/material jetting, selective laser sintering),
  • Post-processing of metals and polymers in additive manufacturing
  • Applications, design considerations and software for additive manufacturing

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Summarise and explain various additive manufacturing (AM) processes
  2. Describe and analyse the limitations, possibilities, applications and the materials that are used  in different AM techniques

For higher grades, the student should furthermore be able to:

       Identify and analyse design possibilities, based on specific requirements and AM techniques
Explain the role of important parameters and machine components

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PROA - Project work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Written examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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