Circular & Sustainable Design Skills for Commercial Products using 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing)*

Circular & Sustainable Design Skills for Commercial Products using Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a dynamic and comprehensive module that immerses students in the exciting world of AM with a sharp focus on the practical aspects of bringing 3D-printed consumer products to market. AM is poised to have a dramatic impact on manufacturing, but it is still in a relatively early stage and has yet to reach its full potential or complete industrial adoption.


One significant hurdle is a qualified workforce with skills and expertise being in high demand. As with many disruptive technologies the sector has witnessed growth has happened far more quickly than the pace of learning for the existing and future workforce.


This module has been co-designed with industry to provide participants with the technical fundamentals, business implications of AM and develops highly valuable design skills required by industry to create innovative consumer products using AM across a vast opportunity space. 3D printing has the potential to greatly enhance lean manufacturing and circular and sustainable design practices and processes. However, there are a specific set of guidelines and parameters required when designing intentionally for AM.


In this module, learners discover 3D specific methodologies and workflows to be applied to circular & sustainable product design and production that delivers cost savings, integrated functionality, and increased product performance and desirability. 

What will I learn?

Students who complete this module successfully will be able to: 

  • Understand and articulate the difference between a linear economy and a circular economy with reference to product design and Life Cycle Assessment. 
  • Understand the landscape of additive manufacturing processes, materials, and applications. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of each mainstream AM process of its materials compatibility, fundamental mechanism of operation, performance metrics, and design limitations. 
  • Identify how, when, and where additive manufacturing can create value across the entire product lifecycle, from design conception to end-of-life using circular design theory. 
  • Acquire the skills necessary to design products and parts for AM that combine creativity and engineering intuition with computationally driven design and process-specific constraints. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to quantitatively assess the value of an additively manufactured product/part based on its production cost and performance. 

Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for those who have reached NFQ level 7 degree in any relevant degree area. The University’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies. Further information on RPL can be found here.

Course Information

START DATE: September 2024 (TBC)

*Subject to Approval

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HCI Learner Fee Subsidy

This course is part of the Micro-Credentials Learner Fee Subsidy from the HEA. Learners can avail of between 50% – 80% funding.


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