We've learned that the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona now offer a Master's Degree in Direct Manufacturing and New Materials for product design.
The new spanish-language program begins this October, when study in "New Materials" begins. This is followed by study in "New Production Processes" in March, leading to the degree completion by July.
According to the description:
The current trend/situation, however, is to define the industrial use (new product) and then to select, and optimise the possible treatments the material should undergo, or even to design and develop the most suitable material for that use. The design process of new products starts with the design of the material and the production process. Consequently, knowledge of Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) technology as a way of producing final-use products is of interest to cross over the limits of conventional industry and convert ideas and concepts into three-dimensional forms for later printing. New materials, new relations with nature, Additive Layer Manufacturing, and computer-aided design give rise to innovative and revolutionary production.