Aims/Description: The purpose of this unit is to provide students with a practical introduction to the design, development and manufacture of moulds, dies and tool sets for the casting, forming and machining of engineering materials. Students will be introduced to methods for generating tool geometries using CAD, the implementation of lean production principles in tool design for reducing waste in the manufacturing process, the application of surface engineering to enhance tool performance, the selection of appropriate tool materials, and the economic and environmental implications of tooling design for mass production versus flexible processes for small-scale production.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to Higher Apprenticeships / Foundation Degree

Staff Contact: PARKIN EMMA V
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre):

Teaching timetable


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