This course is designed to provide broad spectrum, first exposure, technical instruction in the fundamental processes (other than material removal) used to produce manufactured goods. Various aspects of manufactures' responsibilities in providing producer and consumer goods, as well as services, will be covered. Generalized methods of conversion of materials into various forms and shapes via processes such as casting, extrusion, injection molding, welding, etc., will be the primary focus of this course. Principles, terminology, as well as practical applications will be stressed. In addition to rounding-out educational experiences for manufacturing/mechanical/drafting and design students, this course is also suited for providing novice engineers, supervisors, and managers with practical experiences in varied manufacturing processes.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Describe the design process and various considerations engineers typically ponder/explore before deciding on a process for manufacturing an article.
Discuss the production of parts with respect to the fundamentals of the casting and molding processes.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles involved in the forming, rolling, drawing, extrusion and molding processes.
Differentiate, document, and demonstrate flame/arc cutting and welding process variables.
Compare and contrast various bonding, joining (to include welding and related processes), and mechanical fastening methods.
Research, and describe in an oral presentation, a non-traditional material removal process, or prototyping process available to manufacturers, relating same to aspects of future human development.
Distinguish between the common surface treatments and finishing processes.
Relate the classifications of production systems and the impact automation has for each.
Elaborate on the principles of Lean Production and the "Factory within a Department" concepts, suggesting their possible impact on the social fabric of the workplace.
Summarize the concepts and criteria for reducing costs and increasing productivity on the shop floor.
Utilize welding, melting, casting, and molding equipment to conduct laboratory exercises.
Present examples of how artists can use manufacturing processes to create works of art.