The aim of the project is to analyze current conventional manufacturing process when it comes to special sockets for tightening tools from a cost- and lead time perspective. Based on the results evaluate and propose a suitable calculation tool for evaluating additive manufacturing (AM) as complementary or replacing manufacturing method

Areas to take in consideration are:

  • Lead time to our customers
  • Production economy
  • Environmental impact


The industrial manufacturing business has a long history of using conventional manufacturing machines e.g. lathes and milling machines for manufacturing of metal components. The traditional way of manufacturing is well suited for large volumes where the setup is a small part of the total machining time, in the special socket business small batches and a lot of machine setup is a challenge when manufacturing is performed with traditional production methods. When using traditional machining we produce a lot of chips since machining is performed from solid billets or bars, it may be possible to use additive manufacturing as a way to reduce the use of raw material.

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 in this project will be to understand the requirements of the products manufactured today, and investigate available metal additive manufacturing technologies from that perspective, and assess the availability of utilizing AM in production  

Relevant educational backgrounds:

  • Production Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Level of thesis project:

  • Master thesis


  • Production engineering
  • Material engineering

Additional information:
Our office is located in Tierp, Sweden. The selection process will be ongoing so if you are interested in the position, don't hesitate to apply!
As this is a project position for studies and not an employment, it does not qualify for seeking a work permit. We can therefore only accept applications from students who are either attending Swedish universities (i.e. already have a student visa) or, if they are attending universities abroad, are EU-citizens.
Company presentation:

Great ideas accelerate innovation. At Atlas Copco Industrial Technique we team up with our customers to turn industrial ideas into smart manufacturing assembly solutions and innovative industrial tools. Our passionate people, expertise and service bring sustainable value to industries everywhere.

We add value wherever we do business

The Atlas Copco Group serves customers through innovative compressors, vacuum solutions, generators, pumps, power tools and assembly systems. We are a global and diverse Group of many strong brands and around 34 000 employees representing different cultures in more than 180 countries. We have a wide range of positions so whatever your interests or area of expertise, we offer interesting challenges and the opportunity to grow.

Passionate people create exceptional things. We believe in challenging the status quo, always looking for a better way. Our leading edge technology enables us to innovate for a sustainable future. We believe that people make it happen and with us you are empowered to act. Your ideas can make a real difference and contribute to the quality of life for people everywhere.

Learn more at www.atlascopcogroup.com

Master Thesis - 3D-printing on-demand - A cost analysis approach to AM in production

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