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Manufacturing Process Technology


This module provides an appreciation of the application capabilities and limitation of primary and secondary manufacturing processes.

The participants are expected to be familiar with the main conventional manufacturing processes and techniques (casting, machining, forming, and joining). The conventional manufacturing processes will be reviewed only briefly. The main focus of the MPT is on non-conventional and more advanced manufacturing processes and technologies.


On completion, participants will be capable of:

  1. Recognising key drivers for process selection and applying basic principles to the solution of shape/property/cost problems.
  2. Identifying the properties of materials which influence their selection and behaviour during processing.
  3. Understanding the influence on engineering properties of different processes.
  4. Recognise the capabilities and limitations of commonly used manufacturing processes.


  • DFMA tools and exercise.
  • Joining technologies.
  • Polymer materials and processing.
  • Some generic needs for selecting processes.
  • Selecting processes using Ashby diagrams.
  • Hands on introduction to CES and generic outputs.
  • Process selection through cost analysis using CES.
  • Life Cycle Analysis.
  • Polymer composites manufacturing processes.
  • Sheet metal forming.
  • Casting technologies.
  • Powder processing.
  • Manufacturing process selection using CES.
  • Manufacturing process selection using Eco Analysis.
  • Laser manufacturing processes.
  • 3D Printing.
  • Non-traditional manufacturing processes.