Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 3480 - Designing for Production

Catalog Description:

Engineering documentation as it relates to the product development and manufacturing methods required to bring a quality product to market. ANSI and ISO standards will be studied to acquaint the students with the documentation necessary to develop assembly and part drawings and to control the changes that will effect the assembled parts. Material specifications and cost studies will be combined with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to be applied to parts gages and tooling. The use of CAD is a major part of this course.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IME 1420, IME 2540, IME 2460, and IME 2810.

Corequisite:  IME 3540

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. A basic understanding of drawing principles (IME 1420).
  2. A basic understanding of machining processes (IME 1500 or IME 2540).
  3. Familiarity with modern CAD systems (IME 2460).
  4. A basic understanding of how loads, reactions, and resulting stresses affect a structure (IME 2810).

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Learn and apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) standards to communicate design intent. f*  

F2: Uses tools (CAx, simulation) to optimize product designs.

Learn how the knowledge of certain processes can affect part design and documentation. d  


Learn how strength, stiffness and dimensional variation affect the function of a part. b*  

B1: Selects and uses tools or technologies (DXF, IGES, STL) to transfer design information.

Gain added insight on working in a team design environment e  


Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Machinery’s Handbook , The Industrial Press

Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Krulikowski


Ryerson Stock List, Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, Inc.

Designing With Plastics, Hoechst Celanese Corp.

Course Coordinator:

Mitchel Keil
Western Michigan University
F-221 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3365

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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