Course detail

Additive Technologies

FSI-ZATAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course introduces students to the progressive area of additive manufacturing of metal, plastic and construction products. Students will obtain practical experience with production simulation and data preparation for 3D printing. Attention is paid to understanding of design rules, technological limits and production chain of additive manufacturing. Course integrates the knowledge acquired in courses focused on materials science, CAD modeling, FEA and simulation and design of machines and mechanisms.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

- Ability to design and implement parts for additive manufacturing.
- Knowledge of methods of preparing production data for additive manufacturing.
- Knowledge of simulation software tools for verification of manufacturability.
- Ability to analyze manufacturing problems and defects.
- Ability to prevent manufacturing defects by appropriate design.
- Knowledge of principles of additive technologies at engineering level.


Knowledge of CAD systems (CATIA, Creo Parametric, Rhinoceros, Inventor).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

ELLIOTT, Amy. Additive Manufacturing for Designers - A Primer. SAE International. 2019. Dostupné z: (EN)
GEBHARDT, A., KESSLER, J., THURN, L. 3D Printing - Understanding Additive Manufacturing (2nd Edition). Hanser Publishers. 2019. Dostupné z: (EN)
BADIRU, A. B., VALENCIA, V., VHANCE, V., LIU, D. Additive Manufacturing Handbook - Product Development for the Defense Industry.CRC Press. 2017. Dostupné z: (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures and software tools. Teaching is supplemented by laboratory work oriented to practical tests, measurement and data evaluation.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit is awarded on the following conditions: presentation of results achieved in laboratory exercises (max. 30 points). Examination conditions:

- passing the theoretical test (max. 70 points),

- a total of up to 100 points can be earned,

- the resulting classification is determined by the ECTS scale.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Graduates will be able to design, process and produce parts using additive manufacturing. They will understand design rules, production limits and use of non-traditional design elements such as lattice structures.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lectures is recommended; attendance at practicals and laboratory practicals is obligatory and checked by the lecturer. Compensation of missed lessons depends on the instructions of course supervisor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-KSI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


- Introduction to additive production - history, principle, standards.
- Process of additive production and individual technologies - metals, plastics, building materials.
- Design rules for AM parts.
- Additive production of metal parts - production chain, material, production control, physical principle, energy dissipation, support
- Additive production of metal parts - manufacturing defects, post-processing, properties of materials, influence of orientation.
- Additive production of plastic parts - technology and physical nature, materials, sizing, differences in technology, suitability of use, manufacturing defects, mechanical properties.
- Unconventional structural AM elements - periodic minimum surfaces, lattice structures, mechanical properties, dynamic properties, production limits.
- Case studies, practical examples, meaningful use of AM, impact on the economy.

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


- Additive production of tensile samples by FDM and SLA technologies
- Evaluation and analysis of mechanical properties of samples
- Manufacturing of polymer part by FDM and SLA technology
- Verification of mechanical properties of the part by means of a tensile testing
- Introduction of a laboratory for additive metal production
- Post-processing of additively produced metal parts
- 3D digitization of manufactured part, evaluation of weight and relative density
- Comparison of geometric deviations of the product and reference CAD model

Computer-assisted exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


- Data preparation for plastic 3D printing
- Basic processing of polygonal data
- Support and generation of production data
- Design rules for designing additively manufactured parts
- Shape optimization of the part
- Simulation of additive production process
- Prediction of deformations on specific manufactured parts
- Comparison of production deviations of real part and previous simulation