Digital Fabrication - Design and Manufacture (On Campus) (Certificate) [September 2017]

University of Limerick (17CTDIFA)
Key Programme Details

Special Purpose

NFQ Level

7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime



ECTS Credits


Skills Area

Advanced Manufacturing

General Information

Continuing & Professional Education (CPE)





Please contact Javier Buron for any questions about the course content: E-mail:

CPE will assist with entry, administrative and admissions queries: E-mail:


Javier Buron - Course Director / CPE - Adminitstrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course

The Certificate in Digital Fabrication - Design & Manufacture is offered to give participants an insight into digital fabrication which is underpinning a manufacturing revolution. The course is run over 15 weeks.

Covering a broad range of technologies that offer the prospects of on-demand, mass personalisation, with more localized, flexible and sustainable production.

FabLab Limerick, where the course will be run, is a multidisciplinary design and fabrication hub promoted by the School of Architecture, University of Limerick in Limerick City Centre.

The space is equipped with the latest digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing, Laser Cutting and CNC milling which are accessible to designers, craftspersons, entrepreneurs, engineers and industry.

As the culture of digital fabrication is fast paced it is important to keep up to date with the new technologies and innovations. A range of teaching methods will support the progression of participants work - combining theory lectures, software and hardware tutorials, desk reviews and public presentations. This format will offer the skills required for effective project implementation and the ability to manage the organisation of tasks, people and resources.

Design studio. A studio space will be available throughout the course allowing students an open environment to complete their project work.

Theory lectures on digital fabrication. Knowledge of the state of the art in digital fabrication. The programme will show the potential that lies within FabLabs as spaces for innovation and creation.

Expertise in software tools. Participants will gain knowledge in a broad range of Computer Aided Design in 2D and 3D as well as Computer Aided Manufacturing such as SolidWorks, Autocad, Rhino, SketchUp, Illustrator, Inkscape, VCarvePro and more.

Expertise in machine operation. How to operate a broad range of digital fabrication equipment 3D printing, Laser Cutting and CNC milling- as well as troubleshooting and maintenance skills.

The course will be marked by continuous assessment therefore students will be reviewed weekly by teaching staff and visiting lecturers.

Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students in attaining employment.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this programme is open to all candidates.

Educational qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered and evaluated, by means of an interview.

Applicants may be short-listed for interviews based on their application.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements.

The university of Limerick policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning will apply to applications for this programme.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Long Description

Digital Fabrication - Design and Manufacture (Certificate)


While there is no work placement participants will undertake a structured Industrial Learning Experience based around a
the day to day operations of the Fab Lab in its provision of design and prototyping services to companies.
Participants will undertake a AR2001FAB LEARNING PORTFOLIO on the application of digital fabrication design and
manufacturing tools in the University of Limerick FabLab studio.

This experience will give them 12 weeks of experience:

- software tools. Participants will gain knowledge in a broad range of Computer Aided Design in 2D and 3D as well as
Computer Aided Manufacturing such as SolidWorks, Autocad, Rhino, SketchUp, Illustrator, Inkscape, VCarvePro and
- machine operation. How to operate a broad range of digital fabrication equipment –3D printing, Laser Cutting and CNC
milling- as well as troubleshooting and maintenance skills.


Job Readiness Programme: this is delivered in conjunction with the University of Limerick Co-operative Education and Careers Division and consists of:

1. Professional development workshops to prepare learners with CV and career coaching, develop a LinkedIn/online
presence, physical presentation and interviews skills.
2. Employer open days on campus and industry presentations on the nature of their company/industry's activity in Ireland
and future potential in the sector and employment growth opportunities in the region and nationally.
3. Series of development workshops to specifically address participant's confidence, motivation and psychological job
As the aim of this course is to increase a participant’s employability, each learner will participate in Job Readiness and
Support into Employment activities. The type and quality of the Industry Learning Experience a student receives on this
programme is very much dependent on the level of engagement with the three elements of the programme.

Delivery Location

Campus/Classroom/Fab-Lab Limerick

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details

Carmel O'Dwyer


Continuing & Professional Education,
University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland




Application Procedures

Stage 01: Apply on Springboard Courses to register your interest in taking this course at the University of Limerick.

Stage 02: Start the University of Limerick on-line application process and save it until you have all documentation ready.

UL Online Application System for Digital Fabrication - Design and Manufacture (Certificate)
(If you are prompted on the UL online application form to pay an application fee of €25, please select the “Pay by Cheque” option to waive this fee. Springboard applicants are exempt from fees.)

Stage 03: Gather the required documentation to support your application as detailed below. Support Documents required with your application:
§ Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts/college results. Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number. We can access their student transcripts using this number.
§ Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
§ Digital quality head and shoulders photograph to passport standards for your ID card.
§ Applicants who do not have English as their first language must include the following additional documents with their application form:
•English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
•English language competency certificate
Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to have a high level of competence in English.
§ Any other relevant documentation to support your application, such as a CV or professional certificates.

These are compulsory documents and are required for enrolment at the University. It can take time to gather these documents so please do so prior to submitting your application.

Stage 04: Upload your documents and submit your application to the University of Limerick On-line Application System. Please note, your application will not be processed until all documentation is received.

Stage 05: The University of Limerick On-line Application System will make you an offer if you are successful.

Stage 06: Accept the University of Limerick On-line Application System Offer.

Stage 07: The Springboard Application System will offer you a place which you should accept to avail of free fees. If you do not you will be liable for fees of €2,250.

In order to avail of Springboard+funding you must provide written confirmation as follows:
Written confirmation from the Department of Social Protection (DSP) that you are a Social Welfare recipient at the commencement of the course.
Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status as Homemaker and provide written proof.
Employed/Self Employed:
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.