Additive Manufacturing is a new manufacturing technology of creating physical objects by adding materials, usually layer by layer, directly from computer aided design data, as opposed to conventional machining or casting processes. It was also known as rapid prototyping or freeform fabrication process. Rapid tooling is the application of rapid prototyping techniques in the development and delivery of tooling for material deformation processes in the shorter time duration compared to conventional methods. This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of advanced technologies in additive manufacturing and tooling, which play a significant role in reducing the lead time and cost in bringing new products to markets. Further, it provides students with industry engaged projects for students to apply the knowledge they gain.


ADM80020 Additive Manufacturing and Tooling Project

Assumed Knowledge
Basic Computer Skills

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
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 emerging technologies of additive manufacturing, rapid manufacturing and rapid tooling
  • Generate a degree of competency in the evaluation of various rapid manufacturing and rapid tooling technologies and their application in modern manufacturing processes
  • Discuss emerging techniques and advances in materials in injection moulding processes
  • Demonstrate significance of plastic filling simulation software to improve the performance of injection moulding
  • Apply their knowledge of additive manufacturing and rapid tooling to industry projects

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.33 12 weeks 16
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Computer Laboratory
1.67 12 weeks 20
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
22.00 12 weeks 264


Type Task Weighting ULO's
ExaminationIndividual 40% 1,2,3 
Project ReportGroup 60% 1,2,3,4,5 


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) obtain at least 40% in the final examStudents who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 44% as the total mark for the unit and will not be eligible for a conceded pass.


  • Introduction to Additive Manufacturing (AM)/Rapid Prototyping/Rapid Manufacturing (RM)
  • Design issues in Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing
  • Emerging Additive Manufacturing Processes (Liquid based, powder based, solid based processes)
  • Material Issues in AM: Functionally Graded Materials, designed materials
  • Direct and Indirect Rapid tooling (RT) techniques
  • Applications of AM and RT: Bio-medical, Automotive, Aeronautical, Construction
  • Injection Moulding Processes and Tooling: advanced processes, materials selection
  • Injection Moulding Plastic Filling Simulation

Study resources

Reading materials

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