The South East Technological University (SETU) is leading the charge in Additive Manufacturing with the launch of its one-year degree programme. The university aims to create a new breed of specialists to foster innovation across sectors such as Aerospace, Med-Tech, Bio-Pharma, Agri-Tech, and Precision Engineering. To provide learners with an opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of processing technologies, 3D printing platforms, and materials, SETU has invested in a suite of Industrial Metal and Polymer 3D printers worth over €3 million. The programme builds on the expertise and equipment of the SEAM research centre, 3DWIT, and Design+ gateways in Waterford and Carlow. The part-time Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Additive Manufacturing is delivered in a blended mode over two 12-week semesters. Learners have the opportunity to acquire the exact knowledge and skills to be a proficient workforce. The course is aimed primarily at upskilling people in the manufacturing industry in the South East.

Additive Manufacturing represents a fascinating ecosystem with huge opportunities for society, the environment, and industry. It is far more innovative and enables companies to manufacture locally, saving on transport, packaging, and distribution costs. With the course, students have a unique opportunity to put theory into practice, utilizing the labs and equipment in Waterford and Carlow campuses. The AMASE team has also developed shorter 10-credit awards to be rolled out in 2023, which includes certificates in introduction to additive manufacturing, design, health and safety, and regulatory affairs, as well as lab technologies and post-processing. The new programme helps to position the South East as a centre of excellence for additive manufacturing and supports regional upskilling to create the specialists that companies need.

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