Summary: "Cutting Processes" provides an introductory overview of the common metal cutting operations. To those new to manufacturing and machining, familiarity with the basic machines, tools, and principles of metal cutting is essential. The class focuses on the most common machining tools, the saw, lathe, and mill, and the common processes performed on each, such as band sawing, turning, end milling, and drilling. "Cutting Processes" also offers an introduction to holemaking and describes the differences between inner and outer diameter operations.A basic, foundational knowledge of metal cutting processes is essential to gain understanding of more advanced information such as cutting theory, tool and workpiece material, cutting variables, and tool geometries. After taking this class, students should be able to identify the most common cutting processes, as well as the machines used to perform them.
Summary: "Basic Cutting Theory" provides an introductory overview of metal cutting theory and chip formation. The most fundamental aspect of cutting theory is the use of a cutting tool to remove material in the form of chips. Cutting tools can be divided into single-point tools, commonly used on the lathe, and multi-point tools, commonly used in milling and holemaking. The shape and type of chip created by cutting indicates whether or not cutting conditions are optimized. Adjusting tool angles and cutting variables has the largest effect on chip creation and cutting conditions.Understanding how chips are formed and what factors change or optimize chip formation is essential to performing an effective metal cutting operation. Chip formation affects surface finish, part quality, and tool life, and thus has a large effect on manufacturing economy.
Summary: "Intro to Mechanical Properties" provides a thorough introduction to key mechanical properties, such as tensile strength, hardness, ductility, and impact resistance. This class discusses how shear, compression, and tensile stress impact a material's properties, how force is shown on a stress-strain graph, and common methods manufacturers use to test a material's strength.
To make quality products, manufacturers must anticipate how a material responds to shaping and cutting forces and understand how that material will ultimately function once it reaches the customer. Evaluating a material's mechanical and physical properties is the first step to choosing reliable tooling and processing methods. After taking Intro to Mechanical Properties, users will know more about hardness, ductility, and strength, what materials exhibit these characteristics, and common methods a facility might use to test these qualities.
Summary: "Intro to Metals" provides an overview of popular ferrous and nonferrous metals and their properties. This course introduces users to the three types of metal crystal structures, how grains develop in metal, the purpose of heat treating, and how these aspects impact a material's characteristics.
Steel, aluminum, titanium, and other metals have a wide range of commercial and advanced applications, including structural shapes, machine components, and medical devices. To choose the best material for a project, manufacturers must first understand how different metals respond to heat, pressure, electricity, chemical exposure, and weather. After completing Intro to Metals, users will know how various metals function in different environments, making them better equipped to select materials and tooling.
Summary: "Essentials of Heat Treatment" provides a through introduction to steel heat treatment, including a discussion of how heat and carbon content impact a steel's microstructure. This class also describes common heat treating methods, such as annealing, quenching, normalizing, and tempering.Steel is heat treated to adjust the metal's properties. Heat treatments can increase a steel's hardness or ductility, or relieve stresses that accumulate due to other processing steps. To choose the best heat treating method for an application, manufacturers must understand how heat and carbon dictate phase changes and how different processes can be combined to produce a desired property. After completing this course, users will be familiar with heat treating theories and processes and be better equipped to use heat treatments.
Summary: This class identifies the major categories, properties, and uses of ceramics.
Summary: This class introduces users to additive manufacturing (AM) processes by outlining the history of AM, describing AM technology, and exploring current and future additive manufacturing applications.
Summary: "Additive Manufacturing Safety" describes the various safety hazards involved in additive manufacturing (AM) and the precautions operators should follow to protect themselves. AM methods and processes involve the use of moving and hot components, hazardous materials, and devices that produce radiation. Operators must be aware of these hazards as well as the safety protocols used to reduce them. For example, all AM materials have specific handling guidelines, including the required personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilation for that material.Though many AM safety protocols will be familiar to anyone who has worked in a manufacturing environment, there are also hazards unique to AM. Knowing these hazards and safety precautions will help ensure that an AM operation runs smoothly, efficiently, and safely. After taking this class, users will be able to identify AM hazards, understand common safety standards, and safely operate AM equipment.
Summary: "The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process" discusses the general steps involved in most additive manufacturing (AM) procedures. Important steps include creating 3D computer models, converting those models to AM compatible file formats, setting up and running an AM machine, and part removal and post-processing. The manufacturing industry is progressively finding AM to be an important resource in rapid prototyping and creating end-use parts. Thus, it is increasingly important that engineers and operators understand AM technology and its basic process.Understanding the basic AM process will help engineers and operators more easily learn a specific AM operation's unique considerations and procedures. A basic understanding of AM can also help assess AM's value within a manufacturing operation. After taking this class, users will understand the standard steps involved in any AM process.
Summary: Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials provides users with an overview of the different processes used in additive manufacturing. This class also details the materials used in each process and any additional considerations specific to those materials.
Summary: “DC Circuit Components” provides a comprehensive overview of the different parts that appear in DC circuits, including source, path, control, and load. DC power sources include batteries, generators, and piezoelectricity. The path of a circuit is made of a conductor, which has low resistance, but other materials with more resistance, such as insulators, semiconductors, and resistors, are often also used in circuits. In general, switches are used to control current, but many circuits also have safety devices, such as fuses and breakers, to protect the circuit from high current conditions.Understanding the purpose of different components is essential for working with DC circuits. After taking this class, users should have a firm grasp of many different circuit components and understand when and why they are used. This knowledge will allow them to design effective circuits and recognize potential problems with a circuit’s components.
Summary: This course is designed for the student who has little or no prior experience with composite materials and processes. It is also an excellent refresher for those who have some experience in this area. In this course we introduce a variety of composite materials, forms, processes, laminate design ideas, and basic construction and manufacturing principles.
Summary: The class “Units of Measurement” provides a thorough explanation of the English and Metric systems and how conversion between them occurs. The common base units of measurement are length, area, volume, mass, and temperature. The English system uses inches, feet, yards, and miles to measure length, while the Metric system uses the meter, millimeter, centimeter, and kilometer. Metric conversion requires simply knowing the equivalent number of units and moving the decimal point accordingly. When converting between Metric and English units, use a reference chart, multiply, or divide, depending on the conversion.
Units of measurement are used every day in a production environment. Converting between units is often required, especially for businesses dealing internationally. After taking this class, users should be able to perform calculations involving common English units, metric units, and conversions between the two systems.
Summary: “Math: Algebra Fundamentals” provides a detailed overview of the basics of algebra, including the operations needed to solve a single variable equation. Basic algebra is used constantly in manufacturing, from the production floor to the accounting department.Any time a number is unknown, algebra can be used to determine that missing value. Although algebra uses the same basic operations as other mathematics, there are several new operations used to find missing variables in problems. After taking this class, users will be able to simplify, factor, and balance basic equations, as well as calculate for missing values in equations with only one variable. The user will also be able to use algebra to create an equation based on a simple story problem.
Summary: "Geometry: Circles and Polygons" covers the specifics of geometry involving circles and polygons with any number of sides. The class includes a discussion on the internal angles of a circle as well as the method to calculate the circumference and area of a circle. Additionally, this class covers the calculation of missing angles in any polygonCircles and polygons, along with triangles, are the basic building blocks of any geometric figure. Knowledge of the calculations and uses of circles and polygons can prove useful when working with prints in any number of manufacturing capacities.
Summary: “Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem” provides an explanation of the Pythagorean theorem and how it is used to solve various math problems involving and using right triangles. The class covers the use of powers and roots and the process that is used to solve for unknown dimensions on blueprints.The Pythagorean theorem is used to solve for the lengths of sides of right triangles. To find missing measurements in a print with a right angle, manufacturers can find or create right triangles and use the Pythagorean theorem. After taking this class, users will be able to use the Pythagorean theorem to calculate missing lengths in right triangles and solve for missing dimensions on various types of blueprints by utilizing right triangles where appropriate.
Summary: “Statistics” provides a good overview of the various terms and methods commonly used for statistical analysis. In modern manufacturing, statistics are used as part of continuous improvement methods to analyze the data gathered during inspections to determine the quality of a product and examine the processes used to make it.Every person in a manufacturing environment should have an awareness of what statistical terminology and be able to use statistical concepts in the workplace. After taking this class, a user will be able to calculate the mean, median, and mode for a set of data. The user will also be able to explain the difference between natural and unnatural variation, the use histograms and bell curves, and the meaning of standard deviation.
Summary: To better define a product, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) is often used as a symbolic way of showing specific tolerances on drawings. GD&T is a valuable language that communicates the design intent to manufacturing and inspection. It is governed by the technical standard ASME Y14.5-2009. This course covers all aspects of GD&T. In addition to learning the theory, participants will see numerous examples that demonstrate specific applications. Participants are welcome to bring sample prints to the class for discussion or private consultation.
Summary: The ability to perform rapid, accurate, and consistent manufacturing cost estimating and quoting can be a significant competitive weapon. In this course, you will learn how to drastically reduce lead-times (by 80% or more) in responding to requests-for-quotation by employing quick response estimating methodologies and office processes. Manufacturing cost estimating for both modified-standard products and custom-made products (ranging from single components to large equipment) will be addressed. Examples relating to manufacturing processes such as machining, sheet metal fabrication, tube bending, welding, sand castings, die castings, wood working, and mechanical assembly will be discussed.
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