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Teaching Design For Manufacturability: The Historical Events, The Current Events And The Future Events

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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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1.410.1 - 1.410.7

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B. Lee Tuttle

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Session 2225

Teaching Design for Manufacturability: the Historical Events, the Current Events and the Future Events

B. Lee Tuttle GMI Engineering& Management Institute


A course entitled Design for Manufacturing was begun in the Spring of 1988 as a required course in the Manufacturing Systems Engineering program and an elective in the Mechanical Engineering program. This course represented to many a step backward in educational methodology since it incorporated a practicum ( a workshop ) during which students performed design and analysis exercises under the supervision of a preceptor. The course format has remained relatively stable over the past 8 years. However, the topics covered in the course have evolved with the understanding of the concepts of DFM/A. Further, the method by which each topic is taught has changed over these years. A historical perspective is drawn describing the paths trod in the evolution of this course in an effort to stimulate a discussion of both the topics and the methods for teaching DFM/A.

The present format of the course includes two lecture sessions per week and one two hour practicum session per week. In the present form the DFM/A course includes: DFM Methodologies Overview, Break-Even Analysis, Process Analysis, Design for Function, Design for Assembly Principles, BDI-DFA Manual Methodology, Creative Concept Development, Design for Automated Handling, Value Engineering, and Group Technology.

Historical Events: The discussions of a course to integrate the functions of product design and manufacturing processes began in the Spring of 1985 when a new academic program called Manufacturing Systems Engineering was proposed at GMI. One of the hallmarks of the MSE curriculum was the integration of the various product and process functions under one engineering program hat. As appears to be the stamp of academia the process flow from concept to course took nearly two years. The format of the course from the beginning was two lecture hours per week and one two hour practicum session per week. The original lecture topics included DFM Methodologies Material/Process Interactions Value Analysis Design for Assembly Boothroyd-Dewhurst DFA Group Technology Future Directions for DFM

The original practicum topics included: Process Routing Analysis Product Redesign Term Project Function Analysis Creative Enhancement Techniques VANE Problem Peppy Robot Assembly Analysis BDI-DFA Exercise ( 2 sessions ) Part Classification for GT Term project Presentations

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Tuttle, B. L. (1996, June), Teaching Design For Manufacturability: The Historical Events, The Current Events And The Future Events Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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