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Productionising Designs

Today, many manufactured items are first embodied within a 3D modelling environment which define individual part geometries as well as their association to other part and assembly features.

Module aims

  • This module will provide students with an advanced course on the subject of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). GD&T is the method by which part and assembly relationships are represented, using a clear symbolic language, to ensure that the product design will satisfy its functional requirement during manufacture and assembly.
  • The course will also provide an in depth analysis of how far individual part features can deviate away from their nominal dimension and still fit together with other imperfect parts.
  • Consequently, participants will be provided with the analytical techniques necessary to determine the correct engineering specification with the proper application of GD&T principles and tolerance analysis techniques. participants will also learn how these techniques should be managed within a company‚Äôs new product development process, so that the interaction of product design with the method of manufacture can be fully anticipated in time for product launch.
  • The module provides value to an Engineering Business across all departments including Research & Development, Product Design, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing and Supplier Improvement Teams. Examples will be taken from a number of processes and sectors.

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

  • Understanding common manufacturing processes and their limitations.
  • Evaluating the process capability of a given manufacturing process.
  • Critically validate, access, and provide improvement suggestion for the manufacturability and assembly-ability of a current design.
  • Understand the impact of tolerancing at component and assembly level.
  • Read GD&T annotated design models and drawings.
  • Acknowledge the impact of datum definition at part and assembly level on mass-production tools and fixtures.
  • Become familiar with geometric verification of parts and assemblies, and some of the associated technology.
  • Become familiar with mass-production tooling and moulds.
  • Be able to carry out the main financial evaluation of manufacturing processes.