2017 Introduction to Manufacturing Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Akasaka Hiroki  Ohtake Naoto  Yamamoto Takatoki  Yamazaki Takahisa  Sato Chiaki  Yoshino Masahiko  Tanaka Tomohisa  Aono Yuko 
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Course description and aims

This course is intended to teach types and characteristics of manufacturing methods to undergraduate students. First, an overview of the basic various manufacturing methods used in the production of industrial products, including mechanical components, electric and electronic parts, will be taught, followed by the introduction of manufacturing process of the products. In particular, manufacturing methods of the components are focused, and students are allowed to understand fundamental characteristics and application of manufacturing processes, based on gaining the knowledge on the principle of manufacturing method in connection with the characteristics of materials. These knowledge are essential to perform functional and structural design of the products. Furthermore, students are allowed to learn how to select appropriate manufacturing method in accordance with the product through the discussion session.

The aim of this course is to make students understand fundamentals of manufacturing processes, which is necessary for the mechanical engineers. Furthermore, students will understand how individual manufacturing method is related to the industry, and how the methods contribute to the industry.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Have an understanding of overview of Monotsukuri and gain an ability to select materials processing method applied for individual industrial component.
2. Understand the fundamentals of manufacturing process, and gain an ability to ascertain merits and demerits of each process.
3. Gain the knowledge on the relationship between materials and processing, and utilize the knowledge.


Manufacturing engineering, monotsukuri, materials processing, selection of materials processing method

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

1) Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.
2) Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.
3) Attendance is taken in every class.
4) Students must familiarize themselves with topics described in the required learning section before coming to class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is manufacturing engineering? Understand the outline of Monotsukuri.
Class 2 Materials and Processing Understand that the manufacturing process depends on material.
Class 3 Casting, Processing of polymer materials Understand casting, and crystal growth and defects in cast products. Understand the fundamentals of injection molding.
Class 4 Welding and joining Understand types and characteristics of welding, and heat affected zone (HAZ). Understand brazing, solid state welding and adhesion
Class 5 Plastic forming (Milling, Extrusion, Drawing) Understand the machining characteristics of milling, extrusion and drawing
Class 6 Plastic forming (Sheet metal forming, Forging) Understand sheet metal forming and forging process
Class 7 Cutting Understand the theory and practice of cutting
Class 8 Die forming and computer aided engineering Understand die and die forming. Understand application of CAE to die forming
Class 9 Grinding Understand the theory and practice of grinding
Class 10 Polishing Understand the theory and practice of polishing
Class 11 Electronical machining and laser processing Understand the theory and practice of electronical machining and laser processing
Class 12 Surface treatment and coating Understand surface treatment process and characteristics of coatings
Class 13 Additive manufacturing Understand the trend of additive manufacturing.
Class 14 Micro processing Understand the types of micro-machining, and micro fabrication process.
Class 15 Selection of materials processing method  Explain how to select materials processing method.


Obikawa, Toshiyuki. Fundamentals of Manufacturing and production,Tokyo, Kodansha; (will be published in 2016)(Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Yamaguchi, Katsuhiko and Okimoto, Kuniaki. Materials Processing, Tokyo Kyoritsu shuppan; ISBN 978-4320081314 (Japanese)
Tani, Yasuhiro and Murata, Junji. Introduction of Manufacturing and Production. Suurikougaku-sha; ISBN 978-4864810128 (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

The levels of attainment of student learning outcomes 1 through discussion carry a total weight of 10%.
The level of attainment of student learning outcome 2 through exercise problems related to what is taught on that day carries a weight of 30%.
The levels of attainment of student learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3 through final exam carry a total weight of 60%.

Related courses

  • MEC.G211 : Mechanical Materials

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required

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