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Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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Have you wondered how something was manufactured? Do you want to learn what it takes to turn your design into a finished product? This course introduces a wide range of manufacturing processes including machining, injection molding, and 3D printing; and explains the fundamental principles and practices of manufacturing at scale.

For each process, 2.008x explains the underlying physical principles, provides several practical examples and demonstrations, and summarizes design for manufacturing principles. Lectures are also included on cost estimation, quality and variation, robotics, and sustainability. Together, this knowledge will enable you to plan a manufacturing process for a multi-part product, make quantitative estimates of cost and throughput, and recognize important constraints and tradeoffs.

Whether you may be an engineer, entrepreneur, or from another field—by completing 2.008x you will gain the understanding needed to assess a wide variety of manufacturing techniques, identify potential improvements, and confidently pursue the scale-up of innovative products.

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A. John Hart

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Maxime Z
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by Maxime completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very interesting course: a nice introduction to manufacturing, with some (fairly light) theoretical aspects, and a large variety of applications from the industry. If you ever wondered how such products as the iPhone or Lego bricks are manufactured, this is the place to go!

After a brief introduction of the attributes that characterise process performance (rate, cost, quality and flexibility), the course successively covers several basic processes (one each week: machining, injection molding, thermoforming...), before concluding with a brief overview of robotics and sustainability…
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