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Design for Manufacture

Module aims:

  • All engineering products are designed and manufactured via a range of technologies. The challenge is to create a product that has high quality and low cost and is responsive to the customer.
  • A primary skill required by the engineer to meet this challenge is to understand the impact of manufacturing constraints on product design and process planning.
  • This module covers an understanding of the various processes involved in analysing product design, preparing for its manufacture and assembly in an economical method. A value engineering approach to evaluate the design, manufacturing and assembly processes will be used in the first part of the module.
  • The second part will be an analytical review of manufacturing methods and the various factors affecting the design process, quality standards and timescales.
  • The unit will also explore the economic methods of assembly and geometric tolerances to the manufacture of a product.
  • Overall, you will develop an understanding of how to design a product that is easily and economically manufactured in a range of different industrial settings.

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Analyse a product design for its economic manufacturing methods by using value engineering approach.
  • Choose and apply common manufacturing processes and evaluate the various factors and limitations associated with these processes.
  • Analyse product design features and techniques that facilitate economic assembly.
  • Apply the principles of geometrical tolerancing to the manufacture of the product.