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Manufacturing theory, laboratory experimentation, and manufacturing systems design and development comprised of selected modern manufacturing technologies. Technologies include robotics and automation, injection molding, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining, metal forming, inspection, and rapid proto-typing. Student teams apply lessons to develop a proposal for a manufacturing system to produce a product requiring multiple coordinated manufacturing processes. Students will prepare appropriate technical documentation for communicating keys aspects of the developed manufacturing system to a separate fabrication group.
Automation: Includes the theory and application of robotics in manufacturing along with an introduction to part feeders and fixtures. Several different types of industrial robots are programmed to perform various tasks. Metalworking and Rapid
Prototyping: Includes the theory and application of rapid prototyping (RP) in design and manufacturing. Several different RP machines are used to produce simple parts. The theory and application of different metal forming processes is also covered. Laser processing and manual machining are also covered.
Computer Numerical Control (CNC): Programming and operation of both a vertical machining center and an abrasive water jet machine are covered. Programming of a CNC machine using a Computer Aided Manufacturing software package is also covered.
Polymer Processing: The theory and application of polymer processing methods such as injection molding and vacuum forming are covered. Parts are produced using several injection molding machines and a vacuum former.