Birmingham City University School of Jewellery have announced that they will be launching an ‘Innovative Metal Manufacturing Technologies for Industry’ MA this September.

The course is aimed at students wishing to gain industry relevant expertise in materials, technologies, industry standards and planning abilities.

Designed to fill a gap in metal manufacturing industry related education requirements, the course will help students develop a cultural level and planning ability suitable for an entrepreneurial manufacturing environment and understanding of the economics of production technologies.


The continual and exponential increases in computing power continue to drive forward many interesting and novel technological advances. Computer Aided Design is now quicker, easier to use cost effectively and capable of producing stunning photorealistic rendered images and the files produced easily and simply transfer into the worlds of computer aided manufacturing and 3D printing.

3D printing now influences not only the proof of concept and conceptual design process’ but is now also considered an effective manufacturing process with applications ranging from the printing of castable waxes to the printing directly in metals using the direct metal laser sintering technology (sometimes called additive manufacturing).

The course has been developed in partnership with the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) who are internationally respected for their expertise in utilising highly complex 3D CAD/CAM and laser technologies to provide small-scale product development solutions.

Running from September 7 2015, the course is spread over a period of 45 weeks.

The opportunity to study the course over a two-year period part-time is also available.

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