Topic:Design and manufacturing
Welcome to the Design and Manufacturing division of Mechanical engineering. This division deals with issues in design of mechanical parts and manufacturing processes.
Traditionally, design & manufacturing were manual processes: Drawings were drafted entirely on paper requiring intense planning & preparation. Fabrication was accomplished by machinists operating tools using knobs & levers and consulting the drawings for guidance.
Although these methods are still used today, they have been largely transcended by computer-aided methods. Three-dimensional muddling systems & computer-controlled machine tools greatly simplify the process from concept to completion. It would be a mistake, however, to view design & manufacturing simply as a question of creating a computer model & uploading the file to a machine. Even in the face of modern free-form fabrication paradigms, a working knowledge of engineering principles & methods of fabrication is necessary for functional, efficient design.
On the other hand, analytical tools, such as FEA, do much to facilitate validation of a potential design.
Subdivision news 
- July 20, 2007 - Subdivision founded!
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Discussion questions 
- What sort of items would you be interested in designing?