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Module Code: MFE205TC
Module Title: Manufacturing process
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 7.50
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: School of Intelligent Manufacturing Ecosystem
Pre-requisites: N/A
This course covers the fundamentals of manufacturing processes through introducing the student to modern manufacturing with two areas of emphasis: the physics of manufacturing processes and design for manufacturability. In doing so this course will emphasize the interrelationships between part design and manufacturing process design. The student will learn major manufacturing processes including machining, injection molding, forming, casting, assembly, and rapid prototyping. The student will learn recommendations to make product designs more economical, to simplify production processes, and to minimize energy use and environmental impact. A project is an integral part of this course and exposes the student to various manufacturing processes and practices.
Learning outcomes 
A. Relate materials and manufacturing processes for part(s) and explain trade-offs with other possible choices

B. Identify and manage cost within the context of engineering design by making product designs more economical and simplifying production processes

C. Explain manufacturing methods and their limits, possibilities and environmental impacts for different materials

D. Identify the basic mechanisms that affect quality, rate, cost, and flexibility for major manufacturing processes

E. Improve or redesign an existing product for the ease of manufacture (use of DFM/DFA), also manual and/or automatic assembly
Method of teaching and learning 
The material in this module is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and supervised practical sessions. General transferable skills are developed through the presentation of written and oral reports.
The module provides students with introductions to materials including, but not limited to: Hardwoods & Softwoods, Plywood and Laminates, Glass, Metals, Thermoplastics, Thermoset Plastics and Foams, and Rubber (Synthetic &Natural).

The module provides students with introductions to processes including, but not limited to Cutting, Casting, Molding, Extruding, Forming, Shaping, Rapid Prototyping, Soldering, Welding, Coating, Printing, Painting, and Surface Treatments. The student will develop detailed process knowledge for selected processes including

1. Manufacturing process

• General material processing methods


• Injection Molding

• Forming

• Casting

• Additive manufatcuring

• Assembly

The student will develop knowledge of machines and tools for these processes, the physics of the processes, material behavior, and procedures to run machines. The student will be able to write the process plan; relate processes to a part; identify the major cost, rate, quality, flexibility, and sustainability issues for these processes; and review the pros and cons of alternative processing strategies. The presentation of the material will abstract this knowledge and introduce related processes so that the student will be able to understand unfamiliar processes quickly and to identify processes from part hardware.

2. Relationship between Manufacturing Processes and Design

• Design for Machining

• Advanced Machining Processes

• Design of Thermoplastic Parts

• Design for Assembly (General design guidelines for manual assembly; Precedence and assembly plan; Effects of weight, geometrical dimensions, and combination of factors; Design for assembly)

The student will develop preliminary knowledge to design parts for the specific processes above. The student will learn several DFM/DFA methodologies, and the student will learn the physical origins of many of the most common quality issues. Factory Visit

The student will visit a manufacturing facility (TBA).
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    26  26    123  225 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Exam 50.00
2 Assignments 30.00
3 Group Project 20.00

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