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Thesis project: Design for Additive Manufacturing – A design methodology

Master or bachelor thesis project

Functional area: Atlas Copco Industrial Technique AB, R&D
Recruiting manager: Thomas Bejefalk Thörn, Manager Electromechanics
Phone: +46(0)8 743 93 73
Email: thomas.bejefalk@se.atlascopco.com


This project is intended to investigate and propose a design methodology with support tools for additive manufacturing (3D-printing) for design engineers. It will include both new product development as well handling of existing product portfolio.


The industrial manufacturing business has a long history of using conventional manufacturing tools, e.g. lathes and milling tools, to develop and produce products. In many cases the choss production methods has subsequently affected the way products are designed and sets the mind of the designer on an early stage in the product development process. Today the usage of additive manufacturing – 3D-printing – is not only limited to early prototyping but is applied on a much greater industrialized scale. With the new great possibilities 3D-printing provides, challenges follow to have solutions cost effective but also performing on a consistent high level.


Your mission will be to understand how the designers work today and to create the complimentary support needed to add additive manufacturing to the “toolbox” of production methods from prototyping to full production with a Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) approach. The methodology will be part of an ongoing initiative within the company.


Mechanical design
Material engineering
Production engineering

Education requirement

• Mechanical engineering
• Industrial engineering
• Production Engineering

Level of thesis project

• Bachelor’s thesis
• Master thesis

How to apply

About Atlas Copco Industrial Technique

Atlas Copco’s Industrial Technique business area provides, through a global network, industrial power tools and assembly solutions, including tightening, bolting, riveting, adhesive dispensing, quality assurance products, material removal, software and service. The business area innovates for sustainable productivity for customers in the automotive and general industries, maintenance and vehicle service. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Sweden, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, France, Japan and Hungary.

About the Atlas Copco Group

Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers through its innovative compressors, vacuum solutions, generators, pumps, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and services focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2017, Atlas Copco (excluding Epiroc) had revenues of BSEK 86 (BEUR 9) and about 34 000 employees.