Government funding for new 3D printing course

Anglia Ruskin University’s new MSc in additive manufacturing has received funding from HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) under a pilot scheme to promote engineering and computer science conversion courses.

To increase the number of skilled graduates in this rapidly growing area, Anglia Ruskin’s course – the UK’s only dedicated masters programme with a focus on 3D printing – is open to people who have completed a range of undergraduate STEM degrees, as well as those with an engineering background.

The students will have access to engineering laboratories and workshops at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus that have benefited from £2 million of investment over the last three years.

In particular, the desktop and commercial 3D printers and direct metal laser sintering facilities at Anglia Ruskin’s MedBIC Innovation Centre will provide students with the opportunity to design, develop and test engineering solutions in materials ranging from simple plastics through to high-end metal compounds.

The students will have the opportunity to carry out projects within companies to solve real-world manufacturing problems and deliver appropriate solutions. Graduates will not only possess the engineering skills and competences needed by industry but will also have an understanding of the business and production issues that surround 3D printing projects.

Dr Habtom Mebrahtu, course leader for the MSc in Additive Manufacturing at Anglia Ruskin said: “Our course, which begins this September, will help students to develop a career in advanced manufacturing engineering, or improve their skills if they are already working in the industry.

“Students may want to work as a production or research engineer, mechanical designer or technical lead working directly in engineering and design or, use this degree as a step towards a career in operations, project management or consultancy.”

Anglia Ruskin University

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