Feb 09, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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IE 4260 - Design for Manufacture and Assembly

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Product design has become increasingly challenging with shorter design/development cycles and the need to address numerous competing concerns, including usability, maintainability, reliability, disposability, and more. This course covers design guidelines and analytical techniques that can be utilized to improve product designs with the primary goal of simplifying manufacturing and assembly processes, thus making the production operations more cost-effective across the product’s lifecycle. (prereq: IE 426 , ME 1601 , IE 336 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the benefits associated with designing components and products with the entire product life cycle in mind
  • Understand how early design decisions can influence manufacturing processes, product costs, inspection practices, and supply chains
  • Evaluate and compare alternative component and assembly designs for manufacturability and cost effectiveness
  • Know some of the specific design changes and design guidelines that enable a component or product to have greater manufacturability, usability, maintainability, reliability, and disposability
  • Make and justify trade-offs between competing design objectives

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Knowledge of a variety of manufacturing processes

Course Topics
  • Product life cycle and design objectives
  • DFA
  • DFM for various manufacturing processes
  • Design for other objectives
  • Project work

Laboratory Topics
  • The 2-hour weekly lab will be used to evaluate current product and component designs and to create improved designs. Students will disassemble one or more products and practice using various analytical techniques, as well as documenting new designs using CAD software

Dr. Doug Grabenstetter

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