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Unit information: Advanced Manufacturing Processes in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Manufacturing Processes
Unit code MENGM0040
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Liu
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Modern manufacturing processes have had a major effect on production industries. Amongst these processes, additive manufacturing has redefined the constraints within which engineers design products. With its unprecedented capability to delivery complex geometries, additive manufacturing has allowed engineers to venture beyond the traditional boundaries of the discipline and create a new generation of engineering solutions. This unit provides an overview of advanced manufacturing processes including additive technologies and hybrid processes and teaches students the principles of design for these processes to enable them to utilise the new capabilities afforded by these technologies within the new constraints that are imposed by them.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful engagement with the unit the participants should be able to:

  1. Define (knowledge), describe (comprehension) and compare (analysis) modern manufacturing processes, their advantages and constraints and the related design technologies such as generative design and topology optimisation. [SM7M, SM8M, P9M]
  2. Select (application) the appropriate processes to produce a product to the given specifications. [EA5M]
  3. Design (creativity) a product to specifications under constraints of a particular technology, make the product (problem working) and evaluate it (evaluation) against the specifications and present the output in a report (communication). [D10M, D11M, P12M, P10M]

Teaching Information

A blended learning approach will be used in this unit where concepts are delivered in a flipped framework, with videos and other e-learning material being available before problem classes. Contact time is used for exploring particularly complex concepts and problem solving. Practical sessions using 3D printers will be used to scaffold ILO2 and provide the practical foundation for ILO3.

Assessment Information

  • Design proposal, 30% (ILO1) focus on the design of the product, group coursework including CAD models and proper illustration of the design development.
  • Technical report (70%) (ILO2, ILO3) based on the design proposal, working in a group, the product is produced with the constraint of available technologies, made, and tested to make sure it meets the specifications. Lab sessions are provided to enable practical experience with the advanced manufacturing processes.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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