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Design For Manufacturing Tutorials A Multimedia Approach

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.165.1 - 4.165.12

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Corrado Poli

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Beverly Woolf

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Session 3263

Design for Manufacturing Tutorials – A Multimedia Approach Corrado Poli, Beverly Woolf University of Massachusetts Amherst


This paper describes the content of three multi-media based manufacturing tutorials developed for the purpose of making mechanical and industrial engineering students more manufacturing literate. Also included is a discussion of the preliminary results of current evaluations that indicate the tutors are successful in teaching design for manufacturing concepts.

I Introduction

Responding to the needs of industry, universities have, over the years, developed undergraduate courses to improve the manufacturing literacy of engineers. Despite the importance of manufacturing courses to both mechanical and industrial engineering students, most programs still require students to take only one manufacturing course. Typically, this course is of a ’show and tell’ format where the manufacturing process is described and students are shown drawings and/or photographs of the equipment and sample parts producible by use of that same equipment.

To help increase manufacturing literacy, students are sometimes taken on a field trip where they may see manufacturing processes such as, for example, forging, injection molding, or die casting. In some cases, in place of plant trips they may be shown videotapes of various manufacturing processes. Although much can be learned from field trips and video tapes, it is difficult for one to fully understand the relationship between part geometry and the ease or difficulty of producing a part by simply observing the manufacturing process via a video clip or a relatively short plant visit.

Therefore, students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) have undertaken an alternative approach to making designers more manufacturing literate. These students and faculty have been developing interactive multimedia tutors specifically for teaching design for manufacturing. The purpose of the tutors is to assist the user, a student, or anyone not familiar with various manufacturing processes, in understanding the relationship between part design and the ease or difficulty of producing parts.

To date, three manufacturing tutors have been completed or almost completed, namely, one for injection molding, one for stamping and one for forging. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the content of these tutors by describing small portions of each. The paper will also include a discussion of the preliminary results of the current tutor evaluations.

Poli, C., & Woolf, B. (1999, June), Design For Manufacturing Tutorials A Multimedia Approach Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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