Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (APPEL-DMA)
This course is for the NASA technical workforce and program managers involved in the design, manufacture, and assembly of space program hardware who wish to become familiar with key technological information on manufacturing processes of strategic interest to NASA.
This course was developed with the input of engineers and craftsmen throughout the agency to introduce participants to the skills and insight necessary to design mechanisms, devices, and structural components and produce them quickly, cost effectively, and of high quality. Participants will learn how to create products that function correctly and robustly, and about the importance of early involvement of key stakeholders.
This three-day introductory course is presented in a Design For X (DFX) format, where X can be manufacturability, assembly, serviceability, or other technological needs. The course includes a modular, expert-led lecture with visuals, videos of key manufacturing processes, in-class demonstrations, case studies, and group exercises. A NASA machine shop tour and/or machinist/designer panel discussions are also offered in conjunction with this course when possible.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe how the integrated design, manufacturing, and assembly process works.
- Explain the standard set of design rules and guidelines associated with the processes being considered.
- Apply a concurrent engineering design process that includes Design for Manufacture early in the product realization process, and team collaboration throughout.
- Recall knowledge sources for the design for manufacture processes, then use them to best select between several competing processes.
- Discuss the science and physics of machining, and general manufacturability guidelines for different machining operations.
- Calculate a product's major cost, schedule, and quality drivers.
- Employ Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GDT) concepts and practices.
- Propose typical tolerances, surface finishes, and process times that are easily achievable, and those that are achievable only with significantly extra time, cost, and/or effort.
Competencies and Technical Areas Addressed
- Cost, schedule, and quality drivers
- Integrated design, manufacturing, and assembly process
- Standard design rules and guidelines
- Typical machining operations, tolerances, surface finishes, and process times
The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended that 1 transferable graduate-level credit be awarded for the successful completion of this course.