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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR5206M Additive & Subtractive CAD Manufacturing in the Dental Workflow

10 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Andrew Keeling

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Jan (13mth) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry on to the MSc in Dental Materials or MSc in Digital Dentistry

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module focuses on existing techniques for fabricating dental models and prostheses using milling and 3D printing. The merits and disadvantages of both are explored, and the current applications in clinical dentistry are explored. Practical aspects will involve preparing digital files for both milling and 3D printing, and carrying out the actual manufacture of a mock dental prosthesis using both methods.Unless your programme is designed to be delivered fully online, your programme and modules will be delivered predominantly on campus. These teaching activities will be supported by the use of digital tools to enhance your learning and experience. The catalogue provides details of your module and the teaching methods used to deliver your module (for example, lecture, seminar, tutorial, practical). It does not necessarily provide you with information about the mode of delivery for specific learning activities on your module (whether these will be on campus or delivered digitally). Information about the delivery mode for learning and teaching activities for your modules will be published in the timetable and in the Minerva area for your modules. You can access your personalised timetable through Minerva or our UniLeeds app on your mobile device. We sometimes need to adapt our teaching to take account of developments in the subject, in response to new research and current affairs for example, and on occasion we may need to adapt our delivery modes too. You will be kept informed of any proposed changes to the content and delivery of your modules as described in the module catalogue and we’ll make sure you understand and agree the reasons for any changes before they are introduced.


This module will allow the student to learn about and explore the clinical and technical aspects related to additive and subtractive manufacturing in dentistry.

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module students will able to:

1. Describe comprehensively the different techniques used in additive and subtractive manufacture in dentistry.

2. Apply understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of milling and 3D printing in dentistry.

3. Synthesise clinical and technical knowledge to choose the most appropriate methods.

Skills outcomes
Understanding the different methods of manufacturing digital dental prostheses and being able to use standard software to prepare digital files for each process.


Overview of milling and 3D printing, what they are, and what they are currently used for in dentistry.

Advantages and disadvantages of milling and 3D printing in dentistry.

Designing files for milling and 3D printing.

Practical aspects of milling and 3D printing.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours76.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will be expected to carry out reading prior to each seminar, related to the specific content of each session. Students will be provided with a course reading list. The reading will ensure all students attending the sessions will have reached a similar level of background knowledge allowing full participation. ~3 hrs per seminar.

Students will need private study and reading to consolidate and extend the learning.

Students will be expected to research and read widely from scientific literature to produce assessments (report).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be assessed through monitoring of student engagement and performance within the seminars and practicals. Verbal feedback will be given throughout.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayProject report 2,500 words.50.00
Reflective logPractical aspects of milling and 3D printing.50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The module content is taught and assessed around the backbone of a typical example of each workflow in dentistry (milling and 3D printing). Practical aspects of the course will be assessed via a reflective practical logbook which the students will complete (along with some questions) alongside completing the practical tasks. A written report will supplement this assessment, detailing the workflows and the differences observed. These assessments are non-compensatable.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:41:30


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