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Additive Manufacturing (Technology, Material, Design)

Study concept

The key technology of Additive Manufacturing combines numerous innovative processes that make it possible to manufacture complex, sophisticatedly designed products directly on the basis of computer data. Often referred to as "3D printing", these technologies work layer by layer and require neither moulds 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 various additive manufacturing processes in detail, the selection and technology of which depends on the material, component size and product requirements. The materials considered include metallic materials as well as ceramics, glass and building materials, but also plastics and renewable raw materials. As one focus of additive manufacturing is on particle-based processes, particle technologies such as crushing and sieving are also considered.

Development and construction are considered both from the perspective of lightweight construction and from the perspective of design, as additive manufacturing enables functional integration with simultaneous, appealing product design. Aspects of design and artistic creation are combined with the technical aspects of product development.

The degree programme offers a holistic view of additive manufacturing. Career opportunities therefore lie in various industries and along the entire development chain from raw materials to product design to the manufacturing process, right through to overarching tasks.


The first 4 semesters comprise an orientation and aptitude phase with application-specific modules as well as the engineering, mathematical and scientific foundations. The 5th and 6th semesters allow students to choose from four specialisations, which focus on 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 gain in-depth knowledge of additive manufacturing processes and material properties for use in the ceramics, glass and building materials industries.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of additive manufacturing processes and material properties with a focus on metallic materials.

Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (Faculty 4)
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
Standard period of study
7 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Summer semester
Admission requirement

Abitur or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or an entrance qualification recognized as equivalent

Language requirement

Course language
Professional advice
Dr. Andrea Dög
Leipziger Str. 30
09599 Freiberg
Andrea.Doeg [at]
Central Student Advisory Service
Central Student Counselling Service
Prüferstr. 2, 3rd floor, room 3.405
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Student Council
Student Representatives Faculty 4 (Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering)
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Job opportunities

Additive manufacturing has a wide range of applications in all industries and is already being used very successfully, e.g. in:

Vehicle construction and aviation industry
Development and manufacturing industry

Mechanical engineering
Development or manufacturing technology

Raw materials industry
Particle production for additive manufacturing

Medical technology
Development or manufacturing technology

Jewellery and arts and crafts
Design or manufacturing technology

From Bachelor to Master

The Master's degree programme "Additive Manufacturing" offers the logical continuation of the Bachelor's degree.

With the Bachelor's degree Additive Manufacturing: Technology, Material, Design, however, you can also transfer directly to other Master's programmes at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, e.g. Master's Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering, Ceramic, Glass and Building Materials Technology and Vehicle Construction: Materials and Components.

Interest in new technologies, new materials and design. Interdisciplinary collaboration, mechatronic systems, digitalisation and manufacturing of the future are lived and taught here.

A 6-week basic internship is required for this degree programme (30 working days). Completion or partial completion before the degree programme (after the Abitur) is recommended. The internship can also be completed during the degree programme. Requirements for the basic internship can be found in the adjacent download. Dr Andrea Dög will be happy to answer any questions you may have (see the box on the right "Specialist advice").