Manufacturing Methodologies

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1TE631

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Technology G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 28 April 2017
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

40 credits within the bachelor program in Mechanical Engineering.

Learning outcomes

After a successfully completed course the student should be able to:

  • explain basic technological concepts for the methods: plastic machining, metal cutting, welding, powder metallurgy fabrication, form-manufacturing (casting, forging, injection moulding, etc.),
  • describe the relationship between different manufacturing processes and the product characteristics (eg, tolerances, surface smoothness, manufacturing cost),
  • prepare simpler components for fabrication with CNC machine tools, including tool selection, calculating cutting data, and the development of control software,
  • prepare simple products for joining by welding, which takes into account the geometry, weld gaps, joint preparation and positioning as well as the formation of thermal stresses.
  • use basic engineering technical measurement techniques to verify product functionality and quality,
  • independently utilize knowledge about manufacturing methods for defining the product geometry.


Plastic processing: Analysis of energy, power and force requirements for e.g. forging, pressing, bending, and thread and plate production.

Cutting processing: Analysis of cutting procedures, tool wear and lifetime, with an emphasis on lathing, cutting (3-axial and 5-axial), drilling and grinding.

Welding: Manual arc and gas welding (MMA, MIG/MAG, TIG). Design of welded joints.

Mechanical engineering measurement techniques: Measurement gear, gauges, jigs, measurement devices and modern measurement machines.

Casting: Centrifugal casting, wax melting, sand casting.

Powder metallurgy: Powder production, powder pressing, sintering and finishing.

Manufacturing of plastic elements: Injection moulding, compression moulding and extrusion.

Other manufacturing methods: Water cutting, laser cutting, sparking, etching and extrusion.

Rapid prototyping: Methods for manufacturing of 3D machine elements of polymers and metals.


Lectures, assignments, laboratory, and field study/visit at a fabrication facility.


Written exam (6 credits). Project (3 credits). Laboratory (1 credit).