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Manufacturing Processes Learning Path

Knowledge of manufacturing processes are required when working in any area of the manufacturing of products. There are many employment areas in manufacturing as it is a vital component of all modern economies. By studying the Alison Learning Path in Manufacturing Processes you will learn about the manufacturing process that goes in to making a product. You will learn about product design and development and tools to help with the design and creation of products. The Alison Learning Path in Manufacturing Processes is a series of courses that will help you increase your understanding of the manufacturing process and product design.

Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Introduction to Manufacturing Processes

    This course was sourced from OpenLearn under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA. The adapted version of the course on Alison.com is also published under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA.

    Manufacturing industries are a vital component of all modern economies and all of them require employees who are skilled in, and knowledgeable about, manufacturing processes.

    This Introduction to Manufacturing Processes will give you a detailed understanding of processes such as casting, forming, cutting and joining. It will review aspects of surface and optical materials engineering as well as examine a number of case studies related to these processes.

    The course is ideal for employees in manufacturing industries or business, professionals who want to learn more about this type of work, and anyone who might be seeking a job or career in a manufacturing industry.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  2. Product Design

    This course was sourced from OpenLearn under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA. The adapted version of the course on Alison.com is also published under the Creative Commons licence conditions BY NC SA.

    Product design is the process whereby product designers conceptualize and evaluate ideas before turning them into products ready to be sold by a business to its customers.

    This course introduces the principles and concepts of product design. You will learn about heuristic problem-solving, the usefulness of design models, taking the design from concept to prototype, and understanding the product design specification.

    The course also looks at case studies in design and innovation. It will be of great interest to design and business professionals who would like to learn more about product design and its role in business development, and to learners who are interested in how products are designed. As new technologies emerge that give more and more people access to capability within the area of product design, understanding the basic theory of product design might be a great first step to an interesting new career!

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  3. Rethinking the Product Development Process

    This course begins by teaching you why entrepreneurs should rethink the product development process which is the entire process that takes a service or a product from conception to market. You will learn how to assess customer and market risks to avoid the mistakes that most entrepreneurs make which is the failure to pinpoint the right market or the right customer. You will also look into how an entrepreneur can prove a working hypothesis in relation to the customers and markets.

    You will then learn why the engineers and founders of a company should be the first to try to generate sales as well as why you should not seek publicity and media coverage too soon. Starting a company and growing a company are two different skill sets. With this course, you will learn how to acquire the skills needed to succeed in both. It will also discuss why customer feedback should not be outsourced and that start-ups are not the junior versions of larger companies.

    Being a Consulting Professor at Stanford in the Graduate School of Engineering, Steve Blank has a wealth of knowledge that he shares in this course. You will learn the importance of a well-thought-out product development model so that early-stage companies can reduce their overall exposure to risk. Upon the completion of this course, you will understand the importance of founder-customer interaction, and more! Check out this course and learn all these now! 

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  4. Google SketchUp for 3D Modelling

    Google SketchUp is a free online 3D modelling program designed for architects, civil and mechanical engineers, and graphic artists involved in filmmaking and game developing. The course introduces you to Google SketchUp’s basics, starting with its navigation tools. You will then be shown how to create a simple house with a few drawing and modification tools. The course then gives you some great drawing tips to help you accelerate your work process and create more detailed models.

    You will then be guided through the essential follow-me and offset tools. You will also be shown how to copy objects, paint surfaces, and use the push/pull tools and the tape measure tools to create reference edges. Finally, you will learn how to bring in additional models from the Google 3D Warehouse so that you can build more complex designs. Throughout the course, all lessons are designed to be as simple and easy as possible.

    No matter what your skill level, this is an ideal introduction for both professionals and students who want to learn more about Google SketchUp or 3D modelling in general. By the end of the course you will have made 3D models on the program and will understand all of its core tools. These skills will strengthen your résumé and give you the ability to turn any image in your head into something people can see and understand. That’s a great reward for a course that only takes 2 hours. So why wait?


    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points
  5. How To Use A 3D Printer

    The course How To Use A 3D Printer introduces you to the hardware and software technology behind 3D printing. The course begins by introducing you to the hardware used in 3D printing. You will learn about the different plastic filaments that are used and you will pick up tips on how to feed the plastic filament into the 3D printer for optimal performance. You will learn about the different components of a 3D printer such as the extruder nozzle and contact sensor and their functions.

    You will then learn how to set up and calibrate a 3D printer so that the object is printed correctly on the printer base plate. You will learn about different 3D print software that can be used to design 3D objects and the importance of using 3D model repair to eliminate errors in the design that can cause defects in the printed object.

    This course will be of great interest to professionals in the areas of engineering, design and manufacturing who would like to learn more about 3D printing and its applications. It will also be of interest to all learners who would like to learn more about 3D printing and the future applications of this exciting technology.

    1.5-3 Hour
    50 Points


Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Manufacturing Processes Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.