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Development Of A Design & Manufacturing Course

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.154.1 - 1.154.5



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James Moller

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D. Lee

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Session 2225

Development of a Design & Manufacturing Course

J.C. Moller, D. Lee Miami University / Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


A Design& Manufacturing course has been developed in which students consider and practice design and manufacturing by proceeding along a path through brainstorming, design, analysis, process planning, manufacture, product testing, and evaluation. Emphasis was placed on design in parallel with manufacture. Course content included properties measurement, analysis for design, prototype fabrication, inspection, testing, and evaluation. Laboratory sessions included creation of a product description, NC pattern machining, casting of dies, injection molding, inspection, and testing. Students worked both individually and in teams. They began with brainstorming and had batches of products ready for testing two weeks before semester’s end. Future offerings will include more active leadership through tasks, more review of important concepts from science courses, and clearer communication of expectations.


With the marketplace becoming increasingly competitive as notions of mass production and a serial design process have given way to lean, agile production and concurrent engineering, there is a concomitant need for changes in design and manufacturing pedagogy. It is important for engineering education to have the multi- and cross-disciplinary approaches expected of practicing engineers. Design education needs a perspective of production-related topics while manufacturing education needs an emphasis on manufacturing response to design changes.

The Design & Manufacturing course introduced at R.P.I. in Spring 1995 combined elements of both design and manufacturing education in a new way. This upper-class Mechanical Engineering course gives a vertical exposure to elements of the design-to-production process. It gives the opportunity to combine and apply material from engineering science courses to working a unified set of tasks in which are components of product and process design. Student teams take a design problem and use a single manufacturing process to manufacture a single component product. Course tasks were focused in order to ensure student success while having a broad scope of student experiences and course delivery formats.


The syllabus was arranged to give exposure to a variety of disciplines and tasks involved in the design- to-production process. The weekly topics and their format are listed in Table 1. The assignments along with the type of work and disciplines involved are listed in Table 2. A design problem is presented on the first day. The problem is designed to be simple enough that analysis for design is manageable given the technical background

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Moller, J., & Lee, D. (1996, June), Development Of A Design & Manufacturing Course Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--5981

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