Feb 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ME 323 - Manufacturing Processes

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course covers the basic manufacturing processes commonly used in the production of metal, plastic, and composite parts. Process description, product/process characteristics are covered along with design and economic and environmental considerations. Topics include casting, forging, powder metallurgy, traditional machining, laser/waterjet/EDM, welding, additive manufacturing, and various processes for producing polymer parts. The course introduces several topics in manufacturing systems including computer simulation of the casting process, design for manufacturing, quality control, and sustainable manufacturing. (prereq: ME 322 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the attributes of common manufacturing processes
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of common manufacturing processes
  • Recommend a manufacturing process based on characteristics of a part and required production quantities
  • Design components for ease of manufacture

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Attributes of manufacturing systems
  • Casting processes
  • Powder metallurgy
  • Deformation processing
  • Machining - traditional metal cutting
  • Non-traditional machining - EDM, laser and waterjet
  • Welding
  • Design for manufacturing and assembly
  • Sustainable manufacturing & recycling
  • Polymer part processing
  • Additive manufacturing

Laboratory Topics
  • Measurement and statistical process control
  • Introduction to SolidCast© - simulating the sand casting process
  • Using SolidCast© to design a sand cast mold
  • Foundry practice and sand casting
  • CNC machining
  • Product reverse engineering to determine manufacturing process
  • Surface roughness measurement

Dr. Matt Schaefer

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