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

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IME 3580 - Computer-Aided Manufacturing

Catalog Description:

Principles of operation of numerically-controlled systems for manufacturing. Application of CAD/CAM systems and graphics N/C in programming.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IME 2540 and IME 2460.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Machining Fundamentals including machine feeds and speeds - IME 2540
  2. Understanding of capabilities of Graphical Computer Systems - IME 2460
  3. Capability to define and follow an algorithmic approach to problem solving - CS 1040 or CS 1110

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Program CNC machines using EIA/ISO (G- and M-code) programming procedures A  

A1: Plan, design, analyze, and improve cost effective manufacturing methods

Operate graphical CAM systems to generate, simulate and verify EIA/ISO CNC programs      
Identify the major and secondary axes on Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines      
Be able to modify CAM systems to tailor the post-processor for unique CNC machines      

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Nanfara, F., Uccello, T., and Murphy, D. (2002). The CNC Workshop. SDS Publications

Course Coordinator:

Pavel Ikonomov
Western Michigan University
E-221 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3284

Revision Date: Spring 2012


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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