Post Processing and Surface Engineering

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TM125

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Materials Engineering A1F, Technology A1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 31 January 2023
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

120 credits including 90 credits in science/engineering. Additive Manufacturing in Polymeric Materials and Additive Manufacturing in Metallic and Ceramic Materials. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

After a successfully completed course the student should be able to:

  • Compare the typical surface character and surface properties of AM processes with conventionally produced surfaces,
  • Discuss how the surface topography, microstructure, etc., influences functional properties,
  • Describe different principles for post processing and surface engineering,
  • Select suitable methods for finishing and surface treatment of an AM component, based on the specific requirements of the component.


Mechanical, topographical, microstructural and chemical characterization of surfaces is reviewed. Relationship between the character of the surfaces and different properties. Methods for processing and modifying surfaces of components written in metals and polymers, including e.g. bgrit blasting, shot peening, grinding, heat treatment, mechanical and chemical polishing. Introduction to various surface conversion and surface coating methods is presented and discussed.


Lectures, group project and laboration.


Active participation in project seminar (1 credit). Written exam (4 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

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