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

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IME 6450 - Design for Manufacturability

Catalog Description:

Production methods and materials will be applied to product development projects that will relate to the design of efficient and cost effective manufacturing. Topics include the design of part families, geometric classification coding for storage and retrieval, database transfer compatibility standards, process influence on functional product design, statistical determination and the application of linear and geometric tolerancing.

Credits: 3 hrs.

Notes: Open to Graduate Students Only.

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3-0)

Prerequisites by Topic:

IME 2460, IME 3580 or IME 5020, knowledge of tolerancing standards, and statistics.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course on Design for Manufacturability (DFM) the student will understand:

  1. How design affects product cost.
  2. How materials affect design decisions.
  3. How manufacturing relates to design
  4. How assembly relates to design.


"Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly", Boothroyd, Dewhurst, and Knight, 2002.

Course Coordinator:

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

Revision Date: Fall 2010


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