Design for Manufacture (H7104)
15 credits, Level 5
What does it take for a design to be described as ‘designed for manufacture?’ This module aims to answer this question and introduce you to the principles, methodologies and techniques of best practice – known in the engineering and product design disciplines as 'design for manufacture.'
The manufacturing sector is the biggest employer of engineers and product designers. Having a basic understanding of design for manufacture is a valuable skill for product design and engineering students.
Through this module, you’ll learn about concepts of industrial engineering, operations management, materials and processes, product design, quality control, sustainability, and CAD, among others. You’ll also gain an understanding of how these factors have an impact on the manufacturing feasibility of a product. Other topics covered include:
- process capability
- production types
- product design specification
- rapid manufacturing
- cradle-to-cradle design
- solid 3D modelling
- industrial (ISO and BS) standards
- technical drawings
- cost estimation
- project planning.
You have the opportunity to engage in a hands-on design project, where you’ll meet new people and/or deepen relationships with your existing classmates. You will gain transferable skills, such as critical thinking, communication, leadership and project management. Working in teams, you work on a project in which you tackle the redesign of a product from brief interpretation to manufacturing specification. Special emphasis is placed on following industrial standards in the design and specification of assembly components.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Automotive Engineering (with an industrial placement year) BEng
- Automotive Engineering (with an industrial placement year) MEng
- Automotive Engineering BEng
- Automotive Engineering MEng
- Mechanical Engineering (with an industrial placement year) BEng
- Mechanical Engineering (with an industrial placement year) MEng
- Mechanical Engineering BEng
- Mechanical Engineering MEng