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Module

MEC3030 : Digital Manufacturing Processes and Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Kenneth Dalgarno
  • Lecturer: Dr Javier Munguia Valenzuela, Dr Dehong Huo
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

• To develop knowledge and understanding of machining processes and machine tools.
• To learn how to use commercial CAM software for NC machining.
• To develop knowledge and understanding of additive manufacturing and 3D printing processes.
• To learn how to manipulate CAD files to prepare them for 3D printing processes.
• To develop knowledge and understanding of how manufacturing systems are designed and of key principles
and techniques which underpin their operation.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will address two key digital manufacturing techniques, machining and 3D printing, and also the design and operation of manufacturing systems. The main topics will be:
• Machining processes: conventional and unconventional machining, cutting forces and cutting tools,
machine tool design, CAM for machining, high speed machining, and current trends in machining.
• Additive manufacture (AM) and 3D printing: AM processes for polymers and metals, AM software and
workflows, design for AM, AM used in conjunction with other processes.
• Manufacturing systems design and operation: types of production, design of manufacturing systems,
operation of manufacturing systems, resource planning, lean manufacturing, supply chains and Industry
4.0.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture162:0032:00Non-Synchronous
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00For CAM coursework
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Revision for Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00CAM for toolpath generation demonstration (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00Additive manufacture build preparation demonstration (PIP)
Guided Independent StudySkills practice121:0012:00Software use for CAM coursework exercise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1131:00113:00Revision of lecture material, attempting tutorial questions, background reading
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

• Lectures are the most efficient way to introduce the students to new subjects, and the knowledge
outcomes will primarily be met through the lectures, augmented by the practical demonstrations for some
subjects.
• Use of computers for CAM is a practical skill, best learnt in a computer-based practical, and the skill
outcomes related to CAM will be primarily be met by the practical demonstrations, with the underpinning
knowledge coming from the lectures.
• Analytical techniques are best learnt through seeing the techniques applied and then applying the
techniques to new problems. The analysis of manufacturing systems will be covered in lectures with
worked examples in the lectures and example problems set for the students to undertake as part of
independent study.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1202A85Exam covering all elements of the syllabus
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M15Additive manufacture build preparation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

• Computer based exam will be used to assess the knowledge outcomes and the use of analytical techniques for
manufacturing system design.
• Computer based coursework exercise will be used to assess the skills outcomes.

Reading Lists

Timetable