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Manufacturing & Fabrication - ELE00045I

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Mohammad Nasr Esfahani
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

This module introduces many of the processes that are used for creating parts, including machining (turning, milling, boring, grinding); EDM and etching; welding and brazing; adhesives and fasteners; forming (bending, stamping); casting and moulding; additive manufacturing; and semiconductor manufacturing.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To introduce the theory and practice of manufacturing parts and assemblies using a wide range of technologies.

  • To allow processes to be chosen appropriately for any given design in any given material.

  • To show how design is constrained by manufacturability.


Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop group working, research and writing skills.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Examine manufacturing processes to describe the structural properties of products.

  • Calculate and measure the material behaviour in manufacturing processes.

  • Define the characteristics of various manufacturing operations, including machining and fabrication operations.

  • Choose appropriate manufacturing processes for different parts.

  • Design parts such that they are suitable for manufacture using appropriate techniques.


Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Work as a team on a design and manufacture project using a variety of manufacturing techniques.

  • To be able to explain basic characteristics of various manufacturing processes.

Module content

Cutting theory (chip formation, tool geometry, chip control and chipbreakers, cutting forces, speeds and feeds).  Cutting operations (turning, milling, boring, grinding, lapping, polishing).  Machines (lathes, drills, mills, boring machines, surface grinders). Computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM).  Electro-discharge machining (EDM, wire EDM) and chemical etching.  Nesting.  Welding and joining techniques including brazing.  Adhesives and fastenings e.g. bolts, rivets,  chemical welds, other adhesives.  Forming theory for polymers and metals.  Application of forming theory (piercing, stamping, bending, pressing).  Casting techniques including moulding (e.g. injection, blow, hydroforming), investment casting, sand casting.  Additive techniques - 3D printing, SLS. Microfabrication technologies. Metrology including coordinate measuring machines (CMM), 3D scanning.

Professional Practice embedded into this module:

Communication skills

Ethics - use of chemicals, disposal of waste, minimising waste,

Health and Safety (appropriate footwear, protective clothing, safety glasses etc)

Testing and Measurement

Principles, Standards

Laboratory Practice

Personal and Group Skills - through mini group practical project e.g. pipe organ

Environmental considerations - waste, chemicals disposal etc

Systems thinking

Inclusive Design / Design for Manufacturability, testability, compatibility, tolerance to component variability, design for economy, etc.

Regulatory Requirements



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam
Manufacturing and Fabrication
2.5 hours 50
Continuous Assessment
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam
Manufacturing and Fabrication
2.5 hours 50
Continuous Assessment
N/A 50

Module feedback

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date

Indicative reading

  • Groover, Mikell P. Fundamentals of modern manufacturing: materials processes, and systems. John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
  • Groover, Mikell P., and Mikell P. Groover. Introduction to manufacturing processes. Wiley, 2012.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.