SEM723 - Simulation, Testing and Validation for Additive Manufacturing

Unit details


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Wei Xu

For students enrolled in S462: Completion of 22 credit points

For students enrolled in S751: SEM725



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour practical per week, 1 x 2 hour studio per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2 hour online practical per week (recorded), 1 x 2 hour online studio per week.

Students have the option to attend and participate in practical activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester.


The practice of additive manufacturing involves testing and validating new materials and materials processed in new ways. Metal additive manufacturing applications operate in highly regulated environments, and therefore require significant and complex testing, analysis and validation to meet safety regulations. In SEM723, you will learn to execute best practice for testing, analysis, validation and comparison of digital simulations to manufactured samples. You will gain expertise in metal additive manufacturing processes, including process planning and data analysis.  Metal additive manufacturing is increasingly used in industries such as aerospace, biomedical and automotive. You will be able to provide expertise to characterise metal parts produced for different operational environments.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Compare technical aspects of different metal additive manufacturing processes and discuss their relative applications.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply regulatory standards to develop test procedures and protocols for metal additive manufacturing technology 

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Perform characterisation tests of printed samples and compare and evaluate the results with simulated outputs. 

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking


Conduct simulations of metal additive manufacturing parts, analyse results and optimise parts. 

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Portfolio Metal Manufacturing folio in written, visual and/or physical models.  100% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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