ME 451: Computer-Aided Manufacturing Systems

Class Description:

The application of computer technology and operations research to manufacturing systems. Use of microprocessors for direct numeric control of machine tools, adaptive control and optimization, and integrated manufacturing systems. Applications of industrial robots. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ME 270.


1. Introduction
2. Geometric Modeling- Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Surface Modeling, Parametric Design ( hands-on labs on ProE and Promanufacture)
3. Computer Control of Manufacturing Systems – Numerical Control (NC) Systems, Kinematics of NC machines, NC Controllers, Sensors and Actuators, NC Path Programming ( lab on machining)
4. Computer-Aided Process Planning- Optimal Process Plans using a Cost Model, Workholding principles ( lab on machining simulation and process planning)
5. Inspection and Measurement – Metrology, Geometric Tolerancing ( labs on CMM and metrology)
6. Lean Manufacturing systems and Just-in-Time Philosophy – Improving product Flow and Eliminating Waste strategies, Quality Engineering, Design of Experiments for process Optimization ( Labs on Quality engineering)
7. System assembly: Classification and coding schemes; Assembly system design: case study-micro-bearing assembly
8. Robotics –Configurations, Kinematics and Applications ( lab on robotics)

ME: MechSE or technical elective.

EM: Possible secondary field, with approval.

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