CAD/CAM and Additive Manufacturing (MSK550)

The course aims to provide fundamental understanding in principles and applications of computer-assisted technologies in the mechanical engineering discipline. It starts with the mathematical description of geometric modelling techniques and covers the important activities and processes in a product's life cycle such as CAD/CAM software, optimization, additive manufacturing, modelling mechanical systems, multibody dynamics analysis, principles of flexible manufacturing systems, concepts of concurrent engineering, reverse engineering and virtual manufacturing, process control, Computer numerical control (CNC), machines programming, interoduction to automation in Manufacturing systems

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by August 20th for the autumn semester.

Introduction to computer-aided technologies in engineering field, principles of geometric modeling, mathematical basics for product models, examples in using advanced CAD/CAM software, generating 3D-CAD (volume) models for free-form objects, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing (layer manufacturing) technology, design for additive manufacturing and topology optimization. exchange of design data. Reverse engineering and virtual manufacturing. Design optimization, automation and control of industrial processes. Modelling and analysis of mechanisms and multibody dynamics, Computer numerical control (CNC) machines programming (MAZATROL), computer aided process planning (CAPP), group technology (GT) and cellular manufacturing. Introduction to Coordinate measuring machine (CMM).

NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by August 20th for the autumn semester

Learning outcome

Upon attending this course, the student is expected to have

  • the overview of main computer-aided tools in mechanical engineering
  • knowledge about the mathematical basics of different geometric modeling techniques
  • advanced understanding of concepts within design, manufacturing, optimization, automation, mechanical system modelling and additive manufacturing
  • general understanding of the interaction between CAE tools in design and manufacturing
  • sufficient skills in using 3D modeling tools, exchange of design and manufacturing data and rapid prototyping tools
  • general understanding about the additive manufacturing technology
  • knowledge about CAPP and related algorithms
  • general understanding about CNC systems and different programming techniques
  • knowledge about application of CAE concepts within the context of discrete type manufacturing (e.g. car) and continuous type production (e.g. Oil and Gas)
  • knowledge about design optimization and competence in using optimization tool boxes for example, in MATLAB.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in machine design, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), production and manufacturing engineering and applied mathematics. Competence in MATLAB programming is an advantage.


Report and written exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 7/10 4 Hours Letter grades Valid calculator
Report 3/10 6 Weeks Letter grades All

The evaluation has two parts: digital written exam 4 hours and a report based on project work. Digital written exam. An individual project work is conducted within a period of 6 weeks and presented to the class by the end of the semester. The student must pass the presentation to pass the report. If a student cannot submit the project report within the given deadline, the project grade of the student will be marked F unless there is a legal reason for extended submission. A student who has got F in the project work can take new project title next time the course offered. The student must pass both the written exam and the report to obtain an overall pass grade in the course.

Coursework requirements

Presentation of projectwork, Mandatory assignments

To take the written exam for this course, the student should must get the following approved:

  • 4 out of 6 theory/computational assignments
  • 2 practical exercises

In addition, the student must present the project work. The presentation must be conducted in advance of submission of the report and it must be approved to pass the report.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Hirpa Gelgele Lemu

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Johan Andreas Håland Thorkaas

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Emil Mannes Surnevik

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

Lectures (4 hrs/week), exercises (2 hrs/week) and project work. Most of the exercises and the project work are conducted using a CAE tools.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Computer-aided Engineering (MOM380_1) 10

Open for

Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology. For students with background in Mechanical Engineering.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto