Course Details

Course Code:
15 weeks
NFQ Level 7 Minor Award
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
Application Deadline:


Name: Springboard+

Brief Description

Commencing in January 2022, the Certificate in Digital Fabrication - Design and Manufacture’ gives participants an insight into new technologies in digital fabrication and design that are underpinning a manufacturing revolution, and covering a broad range of technologies that offer the prospects of on-demand, urban manufacturing, with more localized, flexible and sustainable production. 

Fab Lab Limerick, where the course is based, is a multidisciplinary design and manufacturing hub, part of the University of Limerick and based in Limerick City Centre. The space is equipped with technologies such as 3D printing, Laser Cutting and CNC milling, accessible to designers, craft-persons, entrepreneurs and industry. This course offers the latest advancements and new technologies, innovations in fields of digital fabrication and design. And combines a range of teaching methods, theory, software and hardware tutorials, online tutorials and presentations. The course is suitable for beginners of any level, though effective completion requires self-direction and task, time and resource management. The course involves: A ‘design studio’ approach: an open environment (digital and physical) to complete project work, share resources and learning with teaching staff and fellow students Lectures on the state-of-the-art in digital fabrication, practical projects and talks with experts on prototyping and innovation in their respective fields Participants will gain expertise in software tools, knowledge in a broad range of Computer Aided Design in 2D, 3D and Computer Aided Manufacturing. Expertise in machine operation. Operation of a broad range of digital fabrication equipment –3D printers, Laser Cutters and CNC routers as well as programming, coding and electronics related to prototyping. The course will be marked by continuous portfolio assessment. Dependencies on the lab space will be managed as noted below




Entry to this programme is open to all candidates. There is no minimum educational requirement and applications are assessed by the academic staff involved in the programme to assess the applicants motivation and ability to complete the programme successfully.

Each application is considered on an individual basis and is assessed by the Selection Panel for the programme.

Educational qualifications, work and life experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered and evaluated usually, but not always, by means of an interview.

Applicants may be short-listed for interviews, depending on the number of applications received.

University of Limerick Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning

Required Documents for UL application:

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)

- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.

- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE)  or project work (applies to some courses only). 

- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self employed, returners. Acceptable documents for proof of status can be found here

- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:

  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

    For more information Click Here

University of Limerick Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning


The fee for this programme is €1735

Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria under Springboard+ can qualify for 90% or 100% funding subject to the availability of places.



All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Unemployed and Returner participants

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.


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Please note that Fees are subject to review

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.