Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes

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Have you wondered how something was manufactured? Do you want to learn what it takes to turn your design into a finished product? This course introduces a wide range of manufacturing processes including machining, injection molding, and 3D printing; and explains the fundamental principles and practices of manufacturing at scale.

For each process, 2.008x explains the underlying physical principles, provides several practical examples and demonstrations, and summarizes design for manufacturing principles. Lectures are also included on cost estimation, quality and variation, robotics, and sustainability. Together, this knowledge will enable you to plan a manufacturing process for a multi-part product, make quantitative estimates of cost and throughput, and recognize important constraints and tradeoffs.

Whether you may be an engineer, entrepreneur, or from another field—by completing 2.008x you will gain the understanding needed to...

Have you wondered how something was manufactured? Do you want to learn what it takes to turn your design into a finished product? This course introduces a wide range of manufacturing processes including machining, injection molding, and 3D printing; and explains the fundamental principles and practices of manufacturing at scale.

For each process, 2.008x explains the underlying physical principles, provides several practical examples and demonstrations, and summarizes design for manufacturing principles. Lectures are also included on cost estimation, quality and variation, robotics, and sustainability. Together, this knowledge will enable you to plan a manufacturing process for a multi-part product, make quantitative estimates of cost and throughput, and recognize important constraints and tradeoffs.

Whether you may be an engineer, entrepreneur, or from another field—by completing 2.008x you will gain the understanding needed to assess a wide variety of manufacturing techniques, identify potential improvements, and confidently pursue the scale-up of innovative products.

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Gabrijel Jakupec

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
This course provides excellent insight into manufacturing, I highly recommend this course to anybody interested in manufacturing, especially to mechanical and industrial engineers.
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2 years, 10 months ago
Very precise, informative and thought privoting course. I did find it very useful if you are working or looking for a career in manufacturing
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
This is one of the most insightful, well thought out, and coolest courses in the subject. Amazing experience!
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9/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
Excellent course providing a broad overview of the field with extensive examples widely drawn from current practices in the field. Covers each topic in sufficient details to give you enough of a handle on it to wade further on your own. Perhaps the best MOOC available through which to introduce yourself to a field of such mind boggling breadth and depth as manufacturing. Minor quibbles - 1. The Math portions are hand-waved over. Bet you don't do this in the class at MIT. Makes it fall just a little short of the "real courses from real universities" promise from edX. 2. Multiple choice tests and simple problems are just not enough of a challenge to motivate in-depth study of any subject. More real problems (more difficult textbook problems, for example) requiring some synthesis, writing assignments, etc. which can be evaluated by peers to really will make the engagement far more interesting. 3. Optional additional modules on Weld... Excellent course providing a broad overview of the field with extensive examples widely drawn from current practices in the field. Covers each topic in sufficient details to give you enough of a handle on it to wade further on your own. Perhaps the best MOOC available through which to introduce yourself to a field of such mind boggling breadth and depth as manufacturing. Minor quibbles - 1. The Math portions are hand-waved over. Bet you don't do this in the class at MIT. Makes it fall just a little short of the "real courses from real universities" promise from edX. 2. Multiple choice tests and simple problems are just not enough of a challenge to motivate in-depth study of any subject. More real problems (more difficult textbook problems, for example) requiring some synthesis, writing assignments, etc. which can be evaluated by peers to really will make the engagement far more interesting. 3. Optional additional modules on Welding, Forging, Electronics Manf, etc. would be some really nice icing on an already delicious cake. Thanks again for an edifying and fascinating 10 weeks.
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2 years, 10 months ago
Is it possible to bring a hands-on residential course in manufacturing techniques to a hands-off online audience? MIT Prof. John Hart thinks so, and it's difficult to imagine a better effort than MITx 2.008. The course covers machining, injection molding, thermoforming (think Halloween masks), sheet metal work, casting, and 3D printing. There are broad-themed units on variation and quality, cost, the role of robotics, sustainability and climate change, and a wrap-up on the future of manufacturing. Each unit includes a series of lectures with (graded) online exercises and a quiz; there is no final or midterm exam. Substituting for the hands-on lab work are videos mostly featuring MIT's David Dow, who runs their machine shop and knows his tools inside and out -- and as a technical instructor is quite engaging and articulate in demonstrating how they work. There are also videos of industrial-scale manufacturing machines at work,... Is it possible to bring a hands-on residential course in manufacturing techniques to a hands-off online audience? MIT Prof. John Hart thinks so, and it's difficult to imagine a better effort than MITx 2.008. The course covers machining, injection molding, thermoforming (think Halloween masks), sheet metal work, casting, and 3D printing. There are broad-themed units on variation and quality, cost, the role of robotics, sustainability and climate change, and a wrap-up on the future of manufacturing. Each unit includes a series of lectures with (graded) online exercises and a quiz; there is no final or midterm exam. Substituting for the hands-on lab work are videos mostly featuring MIT's David Dow, who runs their machine shop and knows his tools inside and out -- and as a technical instructor is quite engaging and articulate in demonstrating how they work. There are also videos of industrial-scale manufacturing machines at work, and these are fabulous: auto-assembly robots dancing a spidery ballet, building-scale blow-molders making Hefty garbage bags, busy milling machines carving iPhone cases. You really do get a feel for how these things work, their limits and what can go wrong. The units on cost, variation and quality are extremely valuable, analyzing the economics and complications of scaling production for a mass market. The exercises and homework ranged from easy to quite challenging, and not always in a good way. The best questions required an intellectual stretch; others were needlessly tricky, or offered equally plausible answers (only one of which was accepted), or went clearly beyond the lecture material, or seemed too hard without prior exposure to the material. But the minimum passing score is low and not difficult to attain if you pay attention and think. These quibbles aside, 2.008x is an enjoyable and valuable course with first-rate lectures, eclectic and well-chosen topics, and a lot of cool videos.
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Arun Prasath

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years ago
This video inspired me to be a mechanical engineer but i didn't got a job. There is no role for mechanical engineering in Tamil nadu plze give a chance
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 1 month ago
It is indeed a real privilege to gain knowledge in materials technology from world's top scientists at top ranking universities. Thanks.
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