Design for Manufacturability

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Course Number: ENGRG 7520
Course Name: Design for Manufacturability (Online)
Course Description:    A major portion of the costs and in turn the profitability of manufacturing organizations are affected by the quality of the design of their products. Building quality into the design will call upon engineers to systematically design a product and/or process so that it can be produced with lowest costs, rapid response time, and meet customers¿ expectations. This will require the integration of design, manufacturing, management, and economic principles. The course will address this overall integration and focus on the design for manufacturing aspects so as to provide faster time to market, productive utilization of equipment, faster delivery, improved quality, reduced cost, and effective continuous improvement. Students will be able to systematically design a product and/or process so that it can be produced with lowest costs, rapid response time, and meet customers¿ expectations. In doing so, they will be able to identify opportunity for design, address technical considerations of design & manufacturing, and make a business decision on feasibility of design.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the course, you will be capable to systematically design products and/or processes to get the lowest cost, quickest response time, and best-achieved customer expectations. You will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for design.
  • Address technical considerations of design and manufacturing.
  • Make business decisions concerning feasibility of design.
  • Utilize DFM and Concurrent Engineering Principles on a "real life" project.

Outcome should be measureable by reference to initial goals.

Unit Descriptions

The 12 lessons of the course follow the 12 chapters of the course textbook. Thus, for Lesson 1 of the course, you should read Chapter 1 of the textbook, and so on.

Unit 1: Design Methodology
Lesson 1: Design for Manufacturability
Lesson 2: Concurrent Engineering
Lesson 3: Designing the Product

Unit 2: Flexibility
Lesson 4: Design for Lean and Build to Order
Lesson 5: Standardization

Unit 3: Cost Reduction
Lesson 6: Minimizing Cost by Design
Lesson 7: Total Cost Unit 4: Design Guidelines
Lesson 8: DFM Guidelines for Product Design
Lesson 9: DFM Guidelines for Part Design

Unit 5: Customer Satisfaction
Lesson 10: Design for Quality

Unit 6: Implementation
Lesson 11: Implementing DFM
Lesson 12: DFM Summary

Grading Information

The final grade for the course is calculated from grades in homework (20%), quizzes (10%), a midterm exam (20%),  final exam (20%), and a term project (30%).

Semester letter grades are assigned on the composite scores as follows:
A = 90 to 100 %
B = 80 to 89 %
C = 70 to 79 %
D = 60 to 69 %
F = 0 to 59 %

Additional notes regarding grading policy:

  • Timely submission of tasks such as homework, examinations, and projects is a must. Late submission of any task will not be accepted.
  • The 30% weight for the project will comprise individual lesson submissions (totaling 5%) and a final report (25%).

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