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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Manufacturing Processes 1
Module Code MM252
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David Kinahan
Semester 2: David Kinahan
Autumn: David Kinahan
Module TeachersTamas Szecsi
David Kinahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

To introduce students to modern manufacturing processes; particularly milling, turning, and 3D printing. The course will address material removal and additive manufacturing processes and their application to produce various parts. The course will also cover basic computer numerical control (CNC) theory and operations and familiarise students with CNC machining operations.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop a working understanding of advantages and disadvantages of a variety of modern manufacturing processes and acquire the ability to select the appropriate manufacturing method for an appropriate task (PO2, PO3, PO4, P08).
2. Develop the capability to use NC code from a solid design to generate a complex part. (PO2, PO3, PO4)
3. Understand and calculate basic parameters related to material removal processes (cutting force, cutting power, material removal rate, machining time) (PO2, PO3, PO4).
4. Demonstrate the capability to select optimum cutting tool geometry for metal cutting processes, and chose appropriate processes and cutting tools to generate various surfaces. (PO2, PO3, PO4)
5. Solve complex tasks related to manufacturing processes in a group environment. (PO2, PO3, PO4, PO5, PO6, PO7, PO8)
6. Use of presentation skills to convey project outcomes in a clear and technically accurate manner. (PO2, PO3, PO4, PO5, PO6, PO7, PO8)

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Laboratory6No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Total Workload: 42

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Subtractive manufacture / material removal
Orthogonal metal cutting model. Cutting angles, cutting forces and power, cutting temperature, cutting fluids, cutting tool wear, cutting tool materials.

Kinematics of subtractive manufacture / material removal
shaping, turning, milling, drilling, grinding, broaching, sawing. Parameters of basic metal cutting operations: kinematics of chip formation, cutting tool geometry, cutting conditions.

Machining of various shapes
holes, flat surfaces, contoured surfaces, threads, gears.

Additive Manufacture
3D printing technologies, photo-stereolithography, fused deposition modelling, selective laser sintering, robocasting, laminated object manufacture, inkjet printing

Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
CAD/CAM software; G-code; post-processors; co-ordinate systems, precision and accuracy, multi-axis (5-axis) machining

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project Solving an engineering problem related to manufacturing processes in a group environment (Gear Formation)20%Once per semester
Group project Solving an engineering problem related to manufacturing processes in a group environment (NC Milling)20%Once per semester
Group presentationGroup presentation on an assigned manufacturing process (online).20%Once per semester
Loop QuizMultiple Choice Quiz (4 x 10% each). Last 4 weeks of semester.40%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • S. Kalpakjian: 1995, Manufacturing Engineering and Technology, 3,
  • E.P. DeGarmo: 1988, Materials and Processes in Manufacturing, Prentice Hall,
  • M.P. Groover: 2002, Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing, 2, John Wiley & Sons,
  • JC Horvath: 2014, Mastering 3D printing,
  • F. Nanfara, D. Murphy, T. Uccello: 1999, The CNC workshop: a multimedia introduction to computer numerical control,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
CAMB.Eng. Mechanical & Manufacturing Eng
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
MMACAccess - MEng. in Mechanical & Manu Eng.
Date of Last Revision31-OCT-03

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