2019 Introduction to Manufacturing Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Hirata Atsushi  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 with the aim of understanding fundamentals of manufacturing processes. 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.
1. Deformation processes (casting, plastic deformation processes, etc.)
2. Material-removal processes (cutting, grinding, etc.)
3. Joining processes (welding etc.)
4. Materials (microstructure, mechanical properties, etc.)

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand the fundamentals of manufacturing process, and advantages and drawbacks of each process as follows.
casting, forming of plastics, welding and joining processes, rolling, extrusion, drawing, sheet-metal forming processes, forging, cutting, metal die manufacturing and CAE, grinding, polishing, electrical processes, laser-beam machining, surface treatment, coating, additive manufacturing, micromachining
2. Gain the knowledge on the relationship between materials' microstructure/properties and processings.
3. Select appropriate materials processing method applied for individual industrial component.


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) 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 1&2,Tokyo, Kodansha; ISBN 978-4-06-156550-0, 978-4-06-156556-2 (in Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

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

Assessment criteria and methods

To be evaluated based on the results of the final exam (805) and the exercise problems related to what is taught on that day (20%).

Related courses

  • MEC.G211 : Mechanical Materials

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

You have to completed ’Mechanical Materials', or have equivalent knowledge.

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