MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013

Essentials of Mechanical Assembly and Its Role in Product Development

Daniel Whitney, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Systems, Emeritus

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/18
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: (Nice to have) Matrix Algebra, Statics, 2.008

This course is closely modeled after the very popular 2.875 MIT graduate course that was not offered this year. The course presents a systematic approach to design and assembly of mechanical assemblies, which should be of interest to engineering professionals, as well as post-baccalaureate students of mechanical, manufacturing and industrial engineering.

This offering comprises the first half of 2.875, focusing on "Assembly in the large:" a system view of assembly, including the notion of product architecture, feature-based design, and computer models of assemblies, analysis of mechanical constraint, assembly sequence analysis, and tolerances.

Learn what most schools fail to teach you about how things really go together.  Reading the book, Mechanical Assemblies:  Their Design, Manufacture, and Role in Product Development by Daniel E. Whitney,  is highly recommended! It can be accessed here:

There will be no homework or exams, and the course will be non-credit.

Seating is limited, must email by deadline for seating.

For more information see:


Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering
Contact: David McCalib, 503-505-8219,

Day 1

Jan/22 Tue 08:30AM-02:30PM 3-333
Jan/23 Wed 08:30AM-02:30PM 3-333
Jan/24 Thu 08:30AM-02:30PM 3-333
Jan/25 Fri 08:30AM-02:30PM 3-333

Daniel Whitney - Senior Lecturer in Engineering Systems, Emeritus