The key technology known as Additive Manufacturing combines numerous innovative processes that make it possible to manufacture complex, sophisticatedly designed products directly on the basis of computer data. The technologies often referred to as "3D printing" work layer by layer and require neither molds nor specific tools. They are very resource-efficient because they only use material where it is needed in the end product. In particular, they offer more freedom for product design, making completely new designs and constructions possible. In addition to technical applications, they are therefore also very popular in the fields of art, design and architecture.
The degree programme combines all aspects of additive manufacturing, taking into account component development and product design, additive manufacturing technology as well as materials and their production:
You will learn about the different additive manufacturing processes in detail, the selection and technology of which depends on the material, the component size and the product requirements.
The materials considered are metallic materials as well as ceramics, glass and building materials, but also plastics and renewable raw materials. Because one focus of additive manufacturing is on particle-based processes, particle technologies such as crushing and screening are also considered.
Development and engineering will be considered from both a lightweight and design perspective, as additive manufacturing enables functional integration with simultaneous, appealing product design. Aspects of design and artistic creation are linked with the technical aspects of product development.
The degree programme offers a holistic view on Additive Manufacturing. Career entry opportunities therefore lie in various industries and along the entire development chain from raw materials to product design to the manufacturing process to overarching tasks.
A Master's degree program in "Additive Manufacturing" is currently being created and offers the logical continuation of the Bachelor's degree.
With the Bachelor's degree Additive Manufacturing: Technology, Material, Design, you can also transfer directly to other Master's programmes at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, e.g. Master's in Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering, Ceramics, Glass and Building Materials Technology and Vehicle Construction: Materials and Components.
The first 4 semesters comprise an orientation and a suitability phase with application-specific modules as well as engineering, mathematical and natural science fundamentals. The 5th and 6th semesters allow a selection from four specialisations that deal with materials, product development/design and particle production and processing for additive manufacturing. The 7th semester includes a specialised internship in industry and the Bachelor's thesis.
You will learn in-depth about the development and design of additively manufactured products.
You will learn in depth about the production and further processing of particle raw materials for additive manufacturing.
You will get to know additive manufacturing processes and the material properties for applications in the ceramics, glass and building materials industries in depth.
You will learn additive manufacturing processes and material properties in depth with a focus on metallic materials.
Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (Faculty 4)
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
- Standard period of study
- Part-time possible
- Start of studies
Winter semesterSummer semester
- Admission requirement
Abitur (German secondary school leaving certificate) or a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, or a recognized equivalent access authorization
- Course language
Additive manufacturing has great application possibilities in all industries and is already being used very successfully, e.g. in:
- Automotive and aerospace industries (development or production engineering)
- Mechanical engineering (development or production engineering),
- Jewellery and arts and crafts (design or production technology),
- Medical technology (development or production engineering),
- Raw materials industry (particle production for additive manufacturing)