Design for Manufacture 1: Materials and Processes
- One Semester or equivalent
- 24 hours Face to Face + Blended
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
2023 teaching periods
Higher Ed. Semester 2
Last self enrolment:
Last withdraw without fail:
Aims and objectives
This unit introduces all aspects of product manufacture, examining materials and manufacturing processes and how they are used to create products. Students will develop an understanding of the techniques required to produce 3-dimensional outcomes. This will be facilitated by introducing the latest technologies within the workshop, such as laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
2. Prepare drawings to AS1100 for manufacture
3. Analyse the suitability of different materials for the project according to specific manufacturing processes and their application within a given conceptual and theoretical framework
4. Develop fully resolved prototypes of design intent
5. Evaluate project outcomes in relation to the specified user group, the environmental impact, and the sustainability of the project
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to the student attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
- K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
- K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools in complex engineering activities.
- K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
- K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Proficiently applies research principles and methods on current or emerging complex problems of the specific discipline.
- K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the societal, environmental and other contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice.
- K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context.
- S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications and complex engineering problems.
- S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses current or emerging knowledge and research methods to undertake independent research in solving complex engineering problems and as preparation for research higher degrees.
Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment and content.
Hours per week
Number of Weeks
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs)
|Individual||50%||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Project||Individual||25%||2, 4, 5|
|Research Piece||Group||25%||1, 3, 5|
Students will work towards a design project that focuses on one of the following manufacturing techniques while ensuring areas in a conceptual and theoretical framework are understood:
- Types of timber, joining and finishing
- Types of plastics, polymers
- Injection moulding
- Blow moulding
- Rapid prototyping
- Plastic extrusion
- RIM – Reaction Injection Moulding
- Rotational moulding
- Plastic finishing and joining
- Types of metals and mechanical properties
- Sand casting
- Investment casting
- Pressure die casting
- Sheet forming and fabrication
- Metal finishing and joining
- CNC Manufacture
- Laser Cutting
- Reading materials.
Students are advised to check the unit outline in the relevant teaching period for appropriate textbooks and further reading.