Advanced Manufacturing Processes
- One Semester or equivalent
- 34 hours plus blended
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
Undergraduate students need to have completed 200 cp
Aims and objectives
The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of specific laser-based and metal processing technologies and skills relating to the implementation of these technologies in modern manufacturing industry within both global and local contexts.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Describe the application of different types of lasers and the operating principles of related processes such as laser cutting, laser welding or laser cladding (K2, K3, K4, S1, A2, A3, A4)
2. Demonstrate an awareness of industrial laser technology and real world manufacturing applications (K2, K3, K4, S1, S2, A2, A3, A4)
3. Relate the effects of the laser operating conditions to the relevant materials properties and product quality (K3, K4, S1, S2, S3, S4, A2, A3, A4, A7)
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the contemporary metal processing techniques (K3, S4, A2, A3, A4, A7)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.
Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment and content.
Hours per week
Number of Weeks
Face to Face Lecture
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Online Learning Activities
Unspecified Learning Activities
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs)
Minimum requirements to pass this Unit
As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all Unit Learning Outcomes to a minimum standard, a student must achieve:
(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and
(ii) at least 40% in the final exam
Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.
- Basics of lasers covering fundamentals of laser operation, their variety, optical components, beam delivery and properties of focused radiation
- Components of industrial laser systems including motion systems and beam delivery systems
- Laser materials processing covering the interaction of a laser beam with materials, phase changes produced and why some lasers are better at processing some materials than other lasers
- Industrial applications of lasers including laser cutting, laser welding, laser surfacing, laser marking and laser drilling. The fundamentals of each application will be covered including how the process is initiated, maintained and factors influencing its quality
- Metallurgy of laser processed materials Laser versus conventional processes, innovations in lasers and applications (Introduction of Industry 4.0, Cyber Physical System)
- Metal processing: Introduction to metal and alloy materials; Powder metallurgy; Mechanical properties and Characterisation Methods. Visit laboratory for testing of metals
- Recommended reading and references.
A list of reading materials and/or required texts will be made available in the Unit Outline.