Design for Manufacturability


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

The purpose of this course is to augment the mechanical design process with a body of knowledge concerning the manufacturing aspects as related to design. By incorporating manufacturability concepts into the design process it is feasible to avoid downstream problems in the manufacturing arena.


The lecture portion of the course covers a variety of issues including: the design process, material and manufacturing considerations, design for assembly, quality, robust design, and life cycle engineering. The lectures will be augmented with laboratory projects in the area of tolerancing, assembly, and manufacturability including an industry related project where the students will redesign an actual product, generate a prototype, and obtain feedback from industry concerning manufacturability.

Topics Covered:

Design process; Material and manufacturing selection; Concurrent engineering; Quality function deployment; Statistical tolerancing; Assembly process; Design for assembly; Failure mode and effects analysis; Quality engineering; Robust Design, Taguchi methods; Cost breakdown; Reliability; Life cycle engineering.


Senior standing or consent of instructor.

Applied / Theory:

67 / 33

Web Address:

Web Content:

Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions, quizzes, chat room, and a message board.


Approximately four to six assignments. Homework will be submitted via Blackboard.


Two exams and one final exam.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Required-- George E. Dieter, "Engineering Design: A Materials and Processing Approach," 3rd ed., McGraw-Hill, 2000, ISBN: 9780073661360

Computer Requirements:

Students will need access to computers and CAD software during lab. Registered students who do not have an installed CAD package or access to one at their place of work may be able to download the software for free at