Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Modern Manufacturing Processes

ME 49700 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Brief description of the content of the course (catalog description): This course presents a comprehensive, balanced, and up-to-date coverage of the fundamentals and real-world applications of nontraditional manufacturing processes (electron beam machining, water jet machining, laser beam machining, electrical discharge machining, abrasive water jet machining, etc.). Rapid prototyping and manufacturing is included in this course as well. All the parameters for adjusting and improving the quality in each process are discussed in detail. Process automation as well as computer-integrated manufacturing systems is contained in the last section of this course.

Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing, Groover, Wiley, 5th Edition ©2013.


Specific outcomes of instruction: Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

Understand the difference between traditional and modern manufacturing.

Recognize the theory in materials and manufacturing [a].

Know the key process parameters in each manufacturing process [a].

Realize a variety of materials used in manufacturing processes [a].

Recognize the capabilities, limitations, and potentials of manufacturing processes [a].

Develop ability to select the proper machine based on the process requirements [a].

Describe the requirements for process automation [a].

b. Criterion 3 or other outcomes:

a- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering


Brief list of topics to be covered:

  • Nontraditional manufacturing processes and applications
  • Abrasive water jet manufacturing process
  • Electrochemical manufacturing process
  • Chemical machining
  • Electrical discharge machining
  • Laser machining
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Ultrasonic manufacturing processes
  • Electron beam machining
  • Ion beam machining
  • Automation in manufacturing
  • Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Systems