Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Fundamentals of Manufacturing and Machining

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit first gives an introduction and overview of manufacturing, and of product development technologies. This is then followed by descriptive and analytical studies of various aspects pertaining to machining, including the theory of metal machining, machining operations and machine tools, cutting tool technology, machining economics, product design considerations in machining, and grinding and other abrasive processes.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit presents to the students an introduction to the fundamental principles of manufacturing, and a descriptive and analytical approach to machining technology and processes.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe the fundamental aspects of manufacturing: definition; materials use; different processes and production systems; economics; recent developments;
- Describe the manufacturing technologies and methodologies that are available;
- Describe and apply the fundamental theories of metal machining;
- Describe qualitatively and analytically the basic issues of conventional machining operations and machine tools;
- Describe and apply analytically the fundamental aspects of tool wear and cutting tool technology;
- Describe the basic economic and product design considerations in machining;
- Describe the fundamentals of grinding and of other abrasive processes.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Discuss the classification and general nature of the various manufacturing processes, and of available manufacturing technologies and methodologies;
- Describe qualitatively and in considerable analytical depth the following conventional machining operations: turning, drilling, milling, and grinding;
- Describe the applicability of shaping, planing, broaching, and sawing operations;
- Relate cutting speed to tool life and select tool materials and geometries for specific applications;
- Select and analyze cutting conditions for conventional machining processes;
- Predict tolerances and surface finish of machined products.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Groover M. P., “Principles of Modern Manufacturing”, 5th edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2013.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Practicum & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM2 No 20%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Emmanuel Francalanza (Co-ord.)
Pierre Vella

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