Fundamentals of Polymer 3D Printing

Polymer based AM encompasses a wide variety of technological categories including Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) MultiJet, and Direct Light Processing (DLP) amongst others. Each technology has inherent strengths and weaknesses depending on the intended application of the end artifact.

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
-Identify and explain the applications of polymer-based AM, its current uses, and future trends.
-Compare the benefits and drawbacks of different technologies for strength, cost, speed, dimension accuracy, surface finish and post processing requirements.
-Evaluate the differences in mechanical properties of artifacts created with AM depending on parameters such as orientation, speed of print, and chosen material.
-Establish appropriate modifications to example components created using traditional manufacturing methods to prepare them for production using AM
-Predict the likely failure modes of components for a given AM technology
-Design and prepare components for production on FDM and Resin based AM printing and post process the parts accordingly.

Course Information

Award Type: Single Subject Certification

NQF Level: 8

Academic Credits: 5

Duration: 1 Semester

Contact Hours: 24

Delivery Mode: Blended

Assessment Type: Continuous assessment

Start Date: September 2024 (TBC)

Cost: TBC

This course is part of the Micro-Credentials Learner Fee Subsidy from the HEA. Learners can avail of between 50% – 80% funding. To find out more about eligibility criteria visit the link below.

Whether you’re looking to upskill your yourself or your team, this module will help to enhance your knowledge in fundementals of polymer 3D printing.

To learn more about this programme contact Dr Fiona Boyle [email protected]