Manufacturing Technology Fundamentals

The purpose of this course is to provide an overall introduction and review of manufacturing processes, equipment, and process capabilities, with a strong emphasis on product design, material, process, and equipment selection. Major issues in modern manufacturing and global competition will also be discussed. Non-engineers who work in a manufacturing environment will benefit from understanding how a product is manufactured.

Class Details

Class Name:
Manufacturing Technology Fundamentals
Although it is designed with the non-engineer in mind, anyone interested in acquiring a broad-based understanding of how things are manufactured should attend.
2 Day Course

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of manufacturing technologies and processes, and the relevant parameters of each process
  • With individual case studies, recognize the importance of the interrelationship among design, material and process selection, and how they impact each other
  • Understand the factors that influence product quality and integrity in each of the manufacturing processes
  • Evaluate the costs involved in material, process, and equipment selection, and assess return on investment and return on quality
  • Appreciate the significance of concurrent design and design for manufacturing and how it impacts a company's operations
  • Understand the significance of environmentally conscious design and manufacturing and assembly
  • Evaluate the impact of computers in all aspects of manufacturing technologies
  • Learn recent trends in modern manufacturing technologies and appreciate the significance of current topics in research and development

Outline At-a-Glance


  • Definition of manufacturing
  • Importance of manufacturing
  • Interdependence of materials, manufacturing and design

Mechanical Behavior of Materials

  • Tension
  • Compression
  • Hardness
  • Fatigue
  • Impact
  • Yield Criteria

Structure and Manufacturing Properties of Materials

  • Metals
  • Ceramics
  • Plastics


  • Surface measures
  • Surface treatment and coating
  • Lubrication
  • Wear


  • Solidification
  • Melt practices
  • Ingot and continuous casting
  • Expendable mold processes
  • Design of castings
  • Defects

Bulk Deformation Process

  • Forging
  • li>Extrusion
  • Drawing
  • Swaging
  • Dies and tooling

Sheet Metal Forming Processes

  • Shearing
  • Bending
  • Stretch forming
  • Spinning
  • Seep drawing
  • Ironing
  • Formability

Metal Cutting

  • Chip formation
  • Tool wear
  • Surface finish
  • Machineability
  • Cutting tool materials
  • Machining processes

Abrasive and Non-traditional Machining

  • Abrasive machining
  • Electrical
  • High energy beams
  • Hybrid processes

Polymer Processing

  • Thermosets v. thermoplastics
  • Forming and shaping polymers
  • Reinforced plastics (composites)

Ceramics and Powder Metals

  • Powder production
  • Compaction
  • Sintering
  • Design considerations
  • Shaping ceramics
  • Glass

Rapid Prototyping

  • Stereolithography
  • Three dimensional printing
  • Fused deposition modeling
  • Selective laser sintering
  • Impact on manufacturing

Joining and Fastening Processes

  • Oxyfuel welding
  • Arc welding
  • Resistance welding
  • Electron beam and laser welding
  • Brazing and soldering
  • Adhesives
  • Mechanical joining

Integrated Manufacturing Systems

  • CIM
  • CAD
  • CAM
  • CAPP
  • GT
  • FMS

Competitive Aspects and Economics of Manufacturing

  • Deming
  • Taguchi methods
  • Materials selection
  • Process selection

Job Roles