Design for Manufacture (H7104)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Engineers and designers alike need to think creatively in the design of solutions, often in teams, and ensure the solution:

  • can be presented 'sold' to a customer external or internal;
  • complies with any specified constraints;
  • can be manufactured, and the requirements of those manufacturing the parts/assembly can be communicated in a form that is universally understood, ie to international standards;
  • has a known cost, specifiable as a sum of all the contributing elements from design to deployment, and delivery time.

Thus the module includes:

  • the generation of design concepts, ranking and concept selection;
  • the conversion of a concept into a full specification, including detailed design, manufacturing processes and the associated tolerances (process capability);
  • full solution costing (concept to implementation) for one-off and mass production.

Implemented through:

  • combining mechanical, product design and customer requirements and brand, the project is both baanced and encourages an inter-disciplinary approach;
  • team work and project management;
  • CAD based drawings and models via CAD tools;
  • critical skills are developed by design review and evaluation.

Assessment components reflect the needs of real industrial environment, and include individual logbooks, which are to be submitted for individual assessment with the group project.


48%: Lecture
41%: Practical (Workshop)
10%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Group submission (written))

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 42 hours of contact time and 108 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: