Additive Manufacturing Technologies

A flexible blended learning course in Additive Manufacturing Technologies, perfect for those looking to explore the benefits of Addictive Manufacturing across different industries and learn how to apply technologies to inform practical design. The Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technologies CPD course will give you the skills to explore this new technology to its full potential.

Course type
Professional short courses/CPD

Course format

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150 hours

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Course overview
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Course outline and modules

Get a comprehensive introduction to the additive manufacturing technologies available to different industries and learn the skills required to get the most out of them for business growth.

This course will give you hands-on experience in designing for additive manufacture and will give you the chance to explore different additive materials from plastics and composites to metals and ceramics. It will give you the skills in pre-processing and post-processing that will enable you to gain the most from the exciting new opportunities that AM has to offer.

Learning outcome

On successful completion, learners will be able to: ·    

  • demonstrate an awareness of AM technologies and materials, their cost, advantages, and limitations.
  • apply AM knowledge to identify and address the causes of issues and problems in a practical design or manufacturing setting
  • prepare a part or component for production using AM techniques including file preparation and plan any required post-processing.

Course delivery

This course includes a mixture of on-campus and online learning. Totalling 150 hours, with a number of 1-to-1 expert support to assist you in applying your new skills and knowledge to live problems and applications relevant to your business and industry needs.

  • Specialist Session Activity - 15 hours 
  • Independent Activity - 115 hours
  • Structured Activity - 10 hours
  • Formative Assessment Activity
  • Total learning hours - 150 hours

Entry requirements

In order to study on this course we require completion of a Level 3 study in a technical discipline, or 2 years of experience of CAD and/or manufacturing in an industrial setting.

Target audience

If you are working in the manufacturing sector and would like to gain some hands-on experience, then this course is for you. This course is also for those who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from Level 5 studies.

We welcome applications from professionals, SME and industries like aerospace, automotive, biomedical and product development. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience.

Key information and fees

How to apply

Please click the 'apply now' button and follow the steps to complete the application process. 

Please get in touch with our APEC team if you have any questions: Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3555  Email:


At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion that awards you 150 hours of Continuing Professional Development.


The next cohort will start in May 2023.


A standard fee of £2,500 inc VAT. 


The training will take place online as well as in the Design Studio, which is situated in the Main Building at Aston University. This allows the use of both software and hardware to help with the understanding of the course.

Address. Main Building, Aston University, Aston Street, Birmingham B4 7ET

Parking available at Holt Street, B7 4BH - £6 per visit (6am to 10pm). Travelling by train is advisable, the nearest stations, Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street are located 15-min walk away.

Cancellation policy

Delegates can transfer to a later course date at any stage without incurring a cancellation fee.


You will learn from a multidisciplinary team of instructors with a vast experience in the Additive Manufacturing industry. Our instructors have worked in medical, sports, aerospace, and production industries (including Rolls-Royce and Airbus) using additive manufacturing technologies.

Dr Mark Prince is an Aston Mechanical Engineering graduate and joined the academic team in May 2008. He is a co-architect of the CDIO programme in the department of Mechanical Engineering & Design and became Director of Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Programmes in 2017.

Mark represents the department of Mechanical Engineering & Design in the School of Engineering and Applied Science Learning and Teaching Committee, Ethics Committee and Curriculum Development Committee. Mark is also actively involved with ARCHA (Aston Research Centre in Health Ageing) and is a member of the research strand: 'Technologies supporting healthy ageing.

Mark Prince

William Utting graduated from Nottingham University in 2018 with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. Since then, Will has worked primarily on Additive Manufacturing projects in the industry. Will spent 3 years at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) where he worked on Design projects mostly around using Additive Manufacturing for tooling applications.

Will has been at Aston for the past year where he is the lead engineer in the Advanced Prototyping Facility and has been working with 3D printers and designing for them for 8 years.

Will Utting