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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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IE 426 - Materials and Manufacturing Processes

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
The properties of materials and transformation of materials into fabricated components and finished goods are the focus of this course. Manufacturing processes studied include bulk deformation, sheet metal processes, plastics processes, metal casting, welding, and others. The course emphasizes the relative advantages and disadvantages of various processing techniques, including economic considerations. (prereq: ME 207  or ME 2004 , PH 2031 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Distinguish important capabilities and limitations for the following types of manufacturing processes: heat treatment, machining, bulk deformation, metal casting, plastics processes, welding, mechanical assembly, and others as time permits
  • Select an appropriate manufacturing process given part design and relevant parameters
  • Understand how material properties influence choice of and are affected by manufacturing processes
  • Develop a manufacturing process plan for a discrete part using one or more of the processes listed in the first bullet (above) that meets acceptable levels of cost and quality
  • Display part geometry using multiple 2-dimensional views
  • Present technical information in a formal written report

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic chemistry
  • Mechanics of materials

Course Topics
  • Materials and heat treatment
  • Measurement and surfaces
  • Sheet metal processes
  • Metal casting
  • Machining
  • Bulk deformation
  • Polymers and plastics processes
  • Welding
  • Mechanical assembly
  • Other topics as time permits such as: integrated circuit and electronics manufacturing; non-traditional processes and/or micro- and nano-fabrication

Laboratory Topics
  • Sand casting
  • Machining
  • Welding
  • Materials testing (tensile strength, hardness, roughness)
  • Plastics
  • Plant tour(s)
  • Process selection and project work

Dr. Doug Grabenstetter

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