The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of specific laser-based and metal processing technologies and skills relating to the implementation of these technologies in modern manufacturing industry within both global and local contexts.


ADM80013 Advanced Manufacturing Processes



Undergraduate degree

200 Credit Points 

Postgraduate degree


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe the application of different types of lasers and the operating principles of related processes such as laser cutting, laser welding or laser cladding (K2, K3, K4, S1, A2, A3, A4)
  • Demonstrate an awareness of industrial laser technology and real world manufacturing applications (K2, K3, K4, S1, S2, A2, A3, A4)
  • Relate the effects of the laser operating conditions to the relevant materials properties and product quality (K3, K4, S1, S2, S3, S4, A2, A3, A4, A7)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the contemporary metal processing techniques (K3, S4, A2, A3, A4, A7)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 11 weeks 11
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 11 weeks 22
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 1 week 1
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
0.25 12 weeks 3
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.58 12 weeks 115


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentGroup 10 - 20% 1,2,3,4 
ExaminationIndividual 40 - 60% 1,2,3,4 
ProjectIndividual/Group 30 - 40% 1,2,3,4 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) at least 40% in the final exam.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • Basics of lasers covering fundamentals of laser operation, their variety, optical components, beam delivery and properties of focused radiation
  • Components of industrial laser systems including motion systems and beam delivery systems
  • Laser materials processing covering the interaction of a laser beam with materials, phase changes produced and why some lasers are better at processing some materials than other lasers
  • Industrial applications of lasers including laser cutting, laser welding, laser surfacing, laser marking and laser drilling. The fundamentals of each application will be covered including how the process is initiated, maintained and factors influencing its quality
  • Metallurgy of laser processed materials Laser versus conventional processes, innovations in lasers and applications (Introduction of Industry 4.0, Cyber Physical System)
  • Metal processing: Introduction to metal and alloy materials; Powder metallurgy; Mechanical properties and Characterisation Methods. Visit laboratory for testing of metals

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.