Advanced Mechanical Design and Manufacturing
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This course features intensive coverage of advanced mechanical design/mechanism theory, modeling, design, manufacturing, and fabrication practices. Emphasis is placed on understanding principles and fundamentals and how they are applied to current, emerging and next generation applications, and prior art. Practical applications from various industries are discussed, for example:
- Optics (X-rays and micro-scale)
- Biomedical instruments
- Consumer products
- Machine tools
Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (65%)
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (15%)
Industry Applications:Linking theory and real-world (20%)
Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (55%)
Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations (45%)
Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (75%)
Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level (25%)
Why take this course
The successful development of technologies/products requires knowledge of mechanical design principles, their application, and new technology emerging from research efforts. This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of mechanical design.
The purpose of this short course is to provide participants with the proper perspective, proven design approaches, modeling tools, and the practical knowledge which will enable them to:
- Assess the suitability of designs concepts for specific applications.
- Choose an appropriate design approach.
- Understand the types of available modeling approaches and complementary design/analysis tools.
- Understand the practical issues which are important to address during integration/implementation.
- Obtain hands-on experience to cement understanding of theory/principles.
Upon completion, participants will possess the basic knowledge and skills required to conceptualize, model, fabricate, and integrate key mechanical designs into practical products, equipment, and instrumentation.
Who Should Attend
Technical professionals (engineers, scientists, manufacturers, machine designers, product designers, instrumentation engineers, etc.) who either have little experience with advanced mechanical design or some expertise in disparate areas of mechanical design and wish to gain a more holistic understanding. This course is also designed to help marketing/purchasing personnel make decisions, provided that they would feel comfortable with the following basic topics after a brief review:
- Trigonometry (sine, cosine, etc.)
- Linear elastic stress-strain
- Free body diagrams
- Vector addition
- Understand the basic principles and concepts of Mechanical Design.
- Define the physics that govern behavior.
- Examine the suitability of mechanical devices/products for specific applications.
- Understand the various quantitative and qualitative approaches to synthesis and modeling of compliant mechanisms.
- Understand the metrics that are used to determine/set desired performance.
- Understand the physics that govern the behavior of compliant mechanisms.
- Identify the practical issues that are important to address during integration/implementation.
Professor Culpepper can point participants to appropriate sources that provide short reviews of the required prerequisite materials.
Participants who have an undergraduate degree in engineering or a technical field (e.g. physics, material science, etc.) will generally have the appropriate background knowledge. Participants are assumed to have a technical undergraduate degree in which the following have been covered at an undergraduate level:
- Mechanics (free body diagrams, dynamics, natural frequency)
- Trigonometry (basic trigonometric relationships, sine, cosine, etc.)
- Materials (relationships between stress and strain)
The course materials will include brief technical reviews of the relevant components of these subjects.
Course schedule and registration times
Class runs for the times listed below. Morning breaks are 10:00-10:15, lunch is noon-1:00, and afternoon breaks are 3:00-3:15.
Monday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm: Introduction and fundamental principles
Tuesday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm: Basic machine elements/layouts & modeling
Wednesday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm: System modeling & laboratory exercises
Thursday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm: System modeling & laboratory exercises
Friday, 8:30 am-2:30 pm: Flexure elements, advanced mfg. examples, wrap up
Registration is on Monday morning from 9:40-9:55.
Note: Laptops are encouraged for this course.
About the Instructor
Professor Culpepper is Director of the MIT Precision Compliant Systems Laboratory. His areas of expertise include mechanical design, precision machine design, instrumentation/equipment design, nanomanufacturing, micromanufacturing, and manufacturing at the meso-scale.
Professor Culpepper was honored at the White House in 2005--click here to read the article.
This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please contact the Short Programs office for further details.
- This course was previously delivered as "Principles & Practice of Advanced Mechanical and Precision Machine Design [2.75s]" and "Design and Fabrication of Flexures & Compliant Mechanisms [2.90s]" and has been merged together as a five-day course.