Materials

Materials are very important to manufacturing. Choosing the correct material determines how well your application performs. Today, options include metals, ceramics, plastics, and composites, to name a few.


These classes will provide the background information necessary to understand why some materials are better than others. The content is for individuals who need to understand materials, their properties, and how manufacturing changes these properties. Content addresses the many varieties of materials and their uses. An emphasis is placed on metals. Advanced topics deal with specific problems such as material failure.


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Classes 1 to 10 of 17
Introduction to Physical Properties 101

Intro to Physical Properties provides an overview of manufacturing materials and their physical properties, including thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties. This class also introduces users to volumetric characteristics, such as mass, weight, and density. Physical properties determine how a material ...

Related 1.0 Classes:
Intro to Materials 100
Physical Properties of Metals 130
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Materials
Introduction to Mechanical Properties 111

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 ...

Related 1.0 Classes:
Intro to Materials 100
Mechanical Properties of Metals 120
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Materials
Introduction to Metals 121

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 ...

Related 1.0 Classes:
Intro to Materials 100
Structure of Metals 110
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Materials
Introduction to Plastics 131

The class Introduction to Plastics provides an overview of plastic and its properties. This course introduces users to thermoplastics and thermosets, physical and mechanical properties, polymer structure and arrangement, manufacturing methods, and common additives.Plastic has a wide range of commercial ...

Related 1.0 Classes:
Overview of Plastic Materials 115
Overview of Properties for Plastics 135
Overview of Plastic Processes 145
Plastics 240
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Materials
Metal Manufacturing 140

This class walks through the steps used to produce commercial steel from its original ore.

Foundational Online Beginner 1.0 Materials
Introduction to Ceramics 141

Introduction to Ceramics provides an overview of the general categories of ceramics and their properties. This course introduces physical and mechanical properties, atomic structure, and different types of traditional and advanced ceramics, as well as processing and manufacturing methods and ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Ceramics 250
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Materials
Introduction to Composites 151

Introduction to Composites provides an overview of composite materials and their properties. This course introduces the variety of different matrix and reinforcement materials available, their specific mechanical and physical properties, as well as their use in engineering and advanced composites. ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Intro to Composites 110
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Materials
Classification of Steel 201

Classification of Steel introduces users to steel designations systems, particularly AISI-SAE and UNS methods. This class describes classifications for plain carbon, alloy, high-strength low alloy, stainless, and tool steels, with a focus on AISI-SAE designations. There are many different types ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Metal Classification 150
Foundational Online Beginner 2.0 Materials
Essentials of Heat Treatment of Steel 211

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 ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Heat Treatment of Steel 230
Foundational Online Intermediate 2.0 Materials
Hardness Testing 221

Hardness Testing provides a thorough overview of the most common hardness testing methods, including Rockwell, Brinell, Vickers, Knoop, rebound, and ultrasonic tests. This class presents a description of each method, along with discussions on how to choose and perform a ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Hardness Testing 260
Foundational Online Intermediate 2.0 Materials
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OnlineFoundational500Materials180010 Introduction to Physical Properties 101 Intro to Physical Properties provides an overview of manufacturing materials and their physical properties, including thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties. This class also introduces users to volumetric characteristics, such as mass, weight, and density. Physical properties determine how a material will react to moisture, heat, electricity, and other factors. In order to choose the best tooling or raw material for an application, manufacturers must understand the physical properties of key metals, plastics, and other materials. After taking this course, users will be able to identify and describe key physical properties and their value in a manufacturing setting.Beginner2.0English(500100) Intro to Materials 100; (500130) Physical Properties of Metals 130
OnlineFoundational500Materials180020 Introduction to Mechanical Properties 111 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.Beginner2.0English(500100) Intro to Materials 100; (500120) Mechanical Properties of Metals 120
OnlineFoundational500Materials180030 Introduction to Metals 121 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.Beginner2.0English(500100) Intro to Materials 100; (500110) Structure of Metals 110
OnlineFoundational500Materials180040 Introduction to Plastics 131 The class Introduction to Plastics provides an overview of plastic and its properties. This course introduces users to thermoplastics and thermosets, physical and mechanical properties, polymer structure and arrangement, manufacturing methods, and common additives.Plastic has a wide range of commercial applications, including widespread usage in the medical field and the automotive industry. To choose the best plastic for a product, manufacturers must understand the physical and mechanical properties of a specific type of plastic. After completing Introduction to Plastics, users will understand how various plastics function and how they are used in different applications.Beginner2.0English(500115) Overview of Plastic Materials 115; (500135) Overview of Properties for Plastics 135; (500145) Overview of Plastic Processes 145; (500240) Plastics 240
OnlineFoundational500Materials500140 Metal Manufacturing 140 This class walks through the steps used to produce commercial steel from its original ore.Beginner1.0English
OnlineFoundational500Materials180050 Introduction to Ceramics 141 Introduction to Ceramics provides an overview of the general categories of ceramics and their properties. This course introduces physical and mechanical properties, atomic structure, and different types of traditional and advanced ceramics, as well as processing and manufacturing methods and end-user applications.Ceramics is a growing field in modern manufacturing and continuously provides new substitutes for traditional materials such as metals and plastics. An understanding of different types of ceramics' unique properties is necessary in order to know their appropriate applications. After completing this course, users will understand various ceramic qualities, manufacturing methods, and specific uses.Beginner2.0English(500250) Ceramics 250
OnlineFoundational500Materials180060 Introduction to Composites 151 Introduction to Composites provides an overview of composite materials and their properties. This course introduces the variety of different matrix and reinforcement materials available, their specific mechanical and physical properties, as well as their use in engineering and advanced composites. This course also describes the benefits and drawbacks of using polymer-, metal-, ceramic-, and carbon-matrix composite materials and discusses appropriate applications for each.Composites are popular manufacturing materials due to their ability to exceed the properties of any individual material. An understanding of the different types of composites is necessary in order to know their appropriate applications. After completing this course, users will be able to distinguish between the different types of composites and understand their specific uses.Beginner2.0English(750110) Intro to Composites 110
OnlineFoundational500Materials180110 Classification of Steel 201 Classification of Steel introduces users to steel designations systems, particularly AISI-SAE and UNS methods. This class describes classifications for plain carbon, alloy, high-strength low alloy, stainless, and tool steels, with a focus on AISI-SAE designations. There are many different types of steels, each having unique chemical contents and properties. Manufacturers distinguish between these metals by a numerical designation. In the AISI-SAE system, this number indicates the family of steel and the steel's carbon content. Some designations also describe the metal's intended use or special properties. Because composition and processing methods determine a metal's properties, understanding steel classification is critical to choosing the best material for an application. After this class, users will be able to distinguish between major types of steel classifications and describe the nomenclature used to identify various grades of steel.Beginner2.0English(500150) Metal Classification 150
OnlineFoundational500Materials180120 Essentials of Heat Treatment of Steel 211 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.Intermediate2.0English(500230) Heat Treatment of Steel 230
OnlineFoundational500Materials180130 Hardness Testing 221 Hardness Testing provides a thorough overview of the most common hardness testing methods, including Rockwell, Brinell, Vickers, Knoop, rebound, and ultrasonic tests. This class presents a description of each method, along with discussions on how to choose and perform a test, how to read hardness ratings, and how to prevent common errors. Hardness tests ensure that raw, in-process, and finished materials have the correct mechanical properties. There are many different testing methods depending on the type of material, the work environment, and the desired accuracy of the reading. This course will prepare new and practicing manufacturers to choose and conduct different hardness tests by introducing them to popular methods used in the industry.Intermediate2.0English(350260) Hardness Testing 260
OnlineFoundational500Materials180140 Ferrous Metals 231 Ferrous Metals discusses the properties and applications of cast iron and steel, including an overview of plain carbon steel, stainless steel, and HSLA steels, along with an introduction to AISI-SAE designations. This course also describes gray, ductile, white, and malleable cast irons and their uses. Ferrous metals have broad commercial and industrial applications due to their strength, versatility, and relatively low costs. Fasteners, automotive components, structural shapes, tooling, and even aircraft parts can be made with ferrous metals. Understanding the range of cast iron and steels available enables manufacturers to choose reliable raw materials and effective processing methods. After completing this course, users will be better equipped to evaluate materials and anticipate how ferrous metals will function in different environments.Intermediate2.0English(500210) Ferrous Metals and Alloys 210
OnlineFoundational500Materials180145 Nonferrous Metals 241 Nonferrous Metals provides an overview of the properties and uses of common nonferrous metals, including aluminum, copper, magnesium, nickel, lead, and titanium. This class also discusses how refractory metals and how nonferrous metals are classified in the Unified Numbering System (UNS). Selecting the best alloy for an application begins with understanding each metal's properties and interactions. Nonferrous metals, although not as widely used as steel, are still valued as essential alloying elements or for advanced applications. After taking this class, new or practicing manufacturers will be able to identify various nonferrous metals, their characteristics, and their uses.Intermediate2.0English(500220) Nonferrous Metals and Alloys 220
OnlineFoundational500Materials180150 Thermoplastics 251 Thermoplastics discusses the properties and applications of thermoplastics, including an overview of the amorphous and semicrystalline molecular regions found in thermoplastics. This course also describes common processing methods for thermoplastics, such as injection molding and extruding.Thermoplastics are the most prevalent type of plastic and as such it is crucial for employees to have a solid understanding of their properties and shaping processes. After taking this class, users will be able to identify different types of thermoplastics and common manufacturing methods.Beginner2.0English(500115) Overview of Plastic Materials 115; (500145) Overview of Plastic Processes 145; (500240) Plastics 240
OnlineFoundational500Materials500255 Principles of Injection Molding 255 This class will familiarize you with injection molding and the design concerns associated with injection molding.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineFoundational500Materials180155 Thermosets 261 Thermosets introduces users to the key characteristics and types of thermosets as well as common processing methods. A thermoset is a strong, rigid plastic with a cross-linked molecular structure that makes it difficult to recycle and re-use. Common thermosets include phenolics, epoxies, polyester, polyurethane, silicone, and elastomers. Many composites use thermosets as the binding matrix to create a thermally stable material. Thermosets may be molded or cast using a variety of shaping processes.After taking this class, users will understand thermosets' basic applications, unique behaviors, structures, and processing methods. This knowledge allows users to select the best thermoset for an application.Beginner2.0English
OnlineFoundational500Materials500265 Principles of Thermoforming 265 This class describes the thermoforming process and explains the different variations of thermoforming, including pressure forming and vacuum forming.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineFoundational500Materials180210 Exotic Alloys 301 Exotic Alloys provides an introduction to the properties and applications of superalloys and exotic metal alloys. In this class, users will learn about iron-based, nickel-based, and cobalt-based superalloys, as well as tungsten, vanadium, tantalum, and other exotic metals. Superalloys and exotic metals have unique properties for specialized applications. Complex, proprietary superalloys are commonly used in aerospace and petrochemical applications, while exotic metals are often used as alloying elements to enhance the properties of a base metal. After completing this class, users will be able to identify prominent superalloys and exotic metals and describe their uses.Advanced2.0English(500225) Overview of Exotic Metals 225