This course gives an introduction to production methods and manufacturing technologies used in microengineering. The focus is given on the understanding of physical phenomena underlying the processes, the relation between materials, manufacturing processes and design, as well as economical aspects.
The course is orgnised around lectures and a project related to reverse engineering.
The lectures are organized as follows:
- Introduction - Material selection
- Surfaces (2 lectures)
- Laser processing (2 lectures)
- Metal forming
- Casting and Molding
- Conventional machining
- Unconventional machining processes
- Plastics & related processing
- Assembly processes
- Mutiscale integration / Packaging
- Manufacturing economics and process monitoring
- Introduction to sustainable manufacturing (Guest lecturer: Prof. Margni)
For the reverse engineering, students in team of three propose a product they would like investigate.
For the chosen product, through disassembly and observations, they identify the manufacturing processes that were used to manufacture it, analyze the technical choices that were made, and discuss possible variants as well as related sustainability aspects.
Manufacturing, physics of manufacturing processes, process quality, process economics, reverse engineering.
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Formalize requirements for a manufacturing process considering a given design
- Analyze a given manufacturing process
- Optimize the choice of material for a manufacturing problem
- Analyze economical aspects for manufacturing
- Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
- Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
- Keep appropriate documentation for group meetings.
- Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
Note that the teaching is given in French (with the exception of two lectures), but lectures notes are in English, as a preparation to the upcoming master phase.
- Teaching is done through lectures, exercices in class and through dicussion during the reverse engineering project.
Expected student activities
- Individual student do exercises once every two-weeks, for which they see the solution the week after.
- Once every two-weeks, alternating with the exercise sessions, students work in team on their reverse engineering topic. They are expected to write a report on their reverse engineering analysis at the end of the semester.
- Students have the possibility (option) to follow in parallel an 'Engineering English' training. (This companion course is assessed separately.)
- Written exam at the end of the course (50% of the grade)
- Reverse engineering project (50% of the final grade)
- M. Ashby, Materials selection in Mechanical Design, 4th edition, Elsevier
- M.C. Shaw, P.K. Wright, S. Kalpakjian, Manufacturing Engineering & Technology, Pearson
Ressources en bibliothèque
In the programs
- Semester: Spring
- Exam form: Written (summer session)
- Subject examined: Manufacturing technologies
- Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
- Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
- Practical work: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks