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Smart Product Development with Additive Manufacturing (SPDAM)

In-depth technical minor on Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D-printing. Entry requirements based on an engineering/technical bachelor study, such as Mechanical engineering, Mechatronics, Automotive, or Applied Physics. English study materials, and in case of participating international students the lectures will also be in English.

●Capabilities and limitations of AM-machines, and how to help implementing this technology in a company (sector High Tech Systems, Medical, or General).
● Functional design in the field of mechanical, thermal and/or flow. Material selection and production technologies. Use of professional software packages.
● Operate AM-machines, materials science tests on AM-products, and occupational health and safety issues in laboratories.

The educational program consists of 5 modules en 1 project.
● 2 modules theory (DFAM, PM11)
● 1 module practical skills (PSAM)
● 2 modules computer lab (CM11, EP11)
Each module has 2 contact hours per week. The project is scheduled for whole day, including 1 hour tutor consultation.

Minor SPDAM:


DFAM Module Theory (4 EC)
Design for Additive Manufacturing. Design rules, Topology optimization, Economic aspects, Killer application identification (practice).

PSAM Module Practicals Laboratories (4 EC)
Practical Skills for Additive Manufacturing. Hands-on experience in the lab with AM-equipment, Reverse engineering, Production preparation, Post processing, Testing materials and printed parts, Using specialized software (e.g. Materialise Magics), Occupational health and safety issues.

PM11 Module Theory (4 EC)
Production technology and Materials. Properties of materials for AM, Heat treatment, Testing of materials. Conventional (lathes, milling, welding) versus additive processing, Different types of AM-machines, Support structures, Production flow.

CM11 Module Computer lab (4 EC)
Stress analysis and Optimization. Theoretical background and practical skills in finite element method. Modelling, analyzing, and optimizing mechanical stress in a product using professional software (Siemens NX).

EP11 Module Computer lab (4 EC)
Heat and Flow analysis. Principles of heat and flow transfer. Theoretical background and practical skills in finite element method. Modelling and analyzing heat and/or flow, e.g. in a heat exchanger or injection mold, using professional software (Siemens NX).

IPD Project (10 EC)
Project Integrated Product Development. Project assignment from different companies (High Tech Systems, Medical, or General), which involves analyzing, designing, building and testing a product in which AM can deliver a superior solution. Each project group consists of 6 students, a company tutor and a school tutor. Project management, Technical content, Research skills, Personal development (work, plans, critical, constructive behavior), Report writing and presentation skills.


Practical information

The minor runs in the spring semester (Feb-Jul) and includes 30 EC credits, meaning study load 840 hours, divided over 20 educational weeks, of 40 hours per week.
Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering, De Rondom 1, 5612AP Eindhoven, 08850-77333.


Minor Regulation
Here you can find the minor regulation
The purpose of the minor regulation is to inform you about the subjects within the minor, how the testing is set up and when you have concluded the minor. Students can derive rights out of the text of the minor regulation.