University of Technology Sydney

84911 Advanced Manufacturing Technology

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 84711 User-centred Design OR 84712 Product Engineering


Since the turn of the century there has been a burgeoning in the development of radically new manufacturing processes and associated digital technologies. These are significant because they provide a shift in paradigm that disrupts established practices. For the designers of the future, changes to the nature of work and the organisation of industry have the potential to impact their role and the relationships they have with the products, consumers and producers. This subject provides students with the opportunity to learn first-hand the potential of new manufacturing technology, and to explore the change to business models, production systems and the design of products; in order to be more effectively prepared for a future in product design.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Have built a knowledge of designing for a range of additive manufacturing technologies
2. Develop an understanding of the engineering science informing working with high-performance additive manufacturing technologies
3. Demonstrate an ability to work with associated digital technologies, such as scanning, in creating technically appropriate advanced manufacturing technology outputs
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the implications of advanced manufacturing technology for product development and production systems
5. Demonstrate an ability to design specifically for the parameters of a particular additive manufacturing or related digital technology
6. Describe and critically evaluate the potential impact of industry 4.0 on product development, lifecycle, the future of work and industry, as well as the relationship between people and products

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Effective visual communication skills (C.2)
  • Demonstration of versatility, curiosity and imagination (I.2)
  • Demonstration of aesthetic sensibility (I.3)
  • Ability to self-manage, including task initiation, allocation of time and realisation of outcomes (P.3)
  • Understanding of the global context of established and emergent industry practices (P.4)
  • Identify and execute research methods appropriate to the project (R.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

A weekly lecture will provide the context for working with advanced manufacturing technologies and ensure the student is informed of developments in their use. This will be supported by a three-hour weekly studio that includes elements of workshop practice. Students will engage hands-on with industrial additive manufacturing and digital technologies through experimentation to explore the parameters of making with these technologies. Project work will then draw on these experiments, with students creating prototypes to demonstrate their knowledge of designing for specific industry sectors and consumer products.

Studio time will provide students with the opportunity to take ownership of the ideas encountered in preparatory reading and research. Studio leaders will help facilitate discussion and offer expert insight and direction where needed, but students are primarily responsible for the collaborative and participatory nature of the tutorial. Outside of class time, students are expected to extend the enquiries made in the collaborative learning session with the independent development of their assessment projects.

Studio leaders will be reviewing the work weekly and will provide feedback verbally. It is the student's responsibility to record any feedback provided both in studio and after presentations. Students will be expected to actively participate in collaborative peer review feedback exercises. Students will also be supported by the level 2, Faculty Workshop in the construction of models and prototypes.

Grades, marks and feedback on final design submissions will be provided through UTSReview.

Content (topics)

Subject content will vary depending on design tasks, but generally, it will include:

1. Prototyping – to develop students’ understanding of the technical aspects of working with additive manufacturing and associated digital technologies

2. Research - to understand the impact on socio-cultural, environmental and economic factors of industry 4.0 technologies and approaches

3. Design - to engage directly in a design-led research approach to working with advanced manufacturing technologies

4. Technical skills – to develop the specific technical skills required to work with technology


Assessment task 1: Knowledge Review


The first task for this subject is intended to provide students with a way to test their knowledge about additive manufacturing and associated digital technologies through a Knowledge Review.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

P.3 and P.4

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

Weeks 1 - 13

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Result of Knowledge Review 80 4 P.4
Studio attendance and engagement. 20 2 P.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Design Augmentation


The first task for this subject is intended to provide students with experience in creating a Journal to document their exploration of a Design Augmentation task. Experimentation with new processes and materials is an essential skill for product designers. This task provides students with experience in building this approach.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3, 5 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, I.2, I.3 and R.1

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 60%

Weeks 1 - 12

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Understanding of structure as demonstrated through appropriate integration of the object and 3D printed parts. 30 5 I.3
An ability to incorporate additive manufacturing technology and associated digital technologies (such as scanning and CAD) in creating a technically appropriate output. 30 3 I.2
Ability to design for user requirements. 30 1 R.1
Quality of communication demonstrated in the journal. 10 6 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Required texts

During the course students will be provided with required readings. These will be available via UTS online.

Recommended texts

Redwood, Schöffer, Garret and Fadell 2018, The 3D printing handbook, 3D Hubs, Amsterdam.

Gibson, Ian, Rosen, David, Stucker, Brent 2014, Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Direct Digital Manufacturing 2nd Ed. Springer, New York

Milewski, John 2017, Additive Manufacturing of Metals: From Fundamental Technology to Rocket Nozzles, Medical Implants, and Custom Jewelry (Springer Series in Materials Science), Springer, New York

Anderson, Chris 2013, Makers, the New Industrial Revolution, Random House Business, New York

Lipson, Hod, Kurman, Melba 2013, Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing, John Wiley & Son, Hoboken New Jersey

Johnston, Lucy 2015, Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship and the New Industrial Revolution, Thames & Hudson, London

Shillito, Ann Marie 2013, Digital Crafts: Industrial Technologies for Applied Artists and Designer Makers, A&C Black Visual Arts, London

Howes, Phil, Laughlin, Zoe 2012, Material Matters, New Materials in Design, Black Dog Publishing, London

Troika 2010, Digital by Design: Crafting Technology for Products and Environments, Thames & Hudson, London

Bernier, Samuel, Luyt, Bertier, Reinhard, Tatiana 2015, Make: Design for 3D Printing: Scanning, Creating, Editing, Remixing, and Making in Three Dimensions (Make: Technology on Your Time), Maker Media Inc. Sebastopol, California