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
Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
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.2-3 Hours50 Points
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!2-3 Hours50 Points
Rethinking the Product Development Process
This course features Steve Blank who is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in high technology companies and management. He is also a Consulting Professor at Stanford in the Graduate School of Engineering.
In this course he discusses rethinking the product development model so that early stage companies can reduce their overall exposure to risk. You will learn that most start-ups fail because they don’t target the right market or the right customer. Steve Blank explains the customer development process and how successful businesses seek out real customers, ask for their feedback and analyse and fix any problems these customers encounter. He gives advice about not seeking media coverage too soon and also why company founders have been thrown out of their own companies.
This course shows why customer feedback must not be outsourced and why it is important that company founders speak directly to their customers. You will also learn why there shouldn’t be vice presidents in a start-up and what a customer development team is for.
This course will be of great interest to business professionals and entrepreneurs who want to gain greater knowledge and understanding about rethinking the product development model in business start-ups.1-2 Hour50 Points
Google SketchUp for 3D Modelling
Google SketchUp is a free online 3D modelling program designed for architects, civil and mechanical engineers, as well as graphic artists involved in filmmaking and game developing. It is an ideal introduction for both professionals and students who want to learn more about this software program or 3D modelling.
Alison’s course will teach you the fundamentals of Google SketchUp. In this SketchUp training course, you will be introduced to the navigation tools so you can orbit, pan and zoom around your model, then create a simple house with a few drawing and modification tools.
Accelerate your work process by creating a more detailed house with some drawing tips and the follow-me and offset tools. You will also use the tape measure tool to create reference edges, learn more about the offset and push/pull tools, copy objects and, finally, paint surfaces and bring in additional models from the Google 3D Warehouse.1-2 Hour50 Points
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.2-3 Hours50 Points