Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) - PLTW







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Computer Integrated Manufacturing
(TP22)

Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet few people understand the excitement
and innovation that is used to transform ideas into products. This course provides an opportunity for students to recognize many of the exciting career opportunities in the manufacturing industry. 

Computer Integrated Manufacturing is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW Engineering program. The course deepens the skills and knowledge of an engineering student within the context of efficiently creating the products all around us. Students build upon their Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience through the use of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. CAM transforms a digital design into a program that a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mill uses to transform a block of raw material into a product designed by a student. Students learn and apply concepts related to integrating robotic systems such as Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and robotic arms into manufacturing systems. 

Throughout the course students learn about manufacturing processes and systems. This course culminates with a capstone project where students design, build, program, and present a manufacturing system model capable of creating a product.

Principles of Manufacturing Lesson Summary 
In this unit students will explore the history of manufacturing and understand how manufacturing components are interconnected within a system. Students will learn to use input and output devices as a foundation to model manufacturing processes. The design of a model is refined through the introduction of financial consideration.
Lesson 1.1………………History of Manufacturing 
Lesson 1.2………………Control Systems
Lesson 1.3………………Cost of Manufacturing

Manufacturing Processes Lesson Summary 
The goal of unit 2 is to introduce students to manufacturing processes as discrete steps within a manufacturing system. Students analyze a product to consider design improvements, perform calculations to make manufacturing decisions, and recommend processes. Students explore manufacturing machines while learning to develop machine language called G&M code. Students create G&M code manually to understand how machine code controls a CNC device. Students then practice workflow as they design a part using CAD software, use powerful CAM software to create G&M code, and run that G&M code on a CNC mill to manufacture a part. Ultimately students operate a CNC mill and create a physical part with their G&M code. 
Lesson 2.1………………Designing for Manufacturability 
Lesson 2.2………………How We Make Things 
Lesson 2.3………………Product Development

Elements of Automation Lesson Summary 
The goal of this unit is to introduce students to robotic automation within a manufacturing system. Robots as a form of automation have improved manufacturing by performing tasks that may be too mundane, impossible, unsafe, or inefficient for humans to perform. Robot effectiveness is impacted by factors such as robot geometry, controlling program, and robot power sources. In this unit students create programs for a robot to move material similarly to pick and place operations typically used in an automated manufacturing setting. Students integrate a robot arm into a more complex environment through integration with other devices.
Lesson 3.1………………Introduction to Robotic Automation 
Lesson 3.2………………Introduction to Automation Power 
Lesson 3.3………………Robotic Programming and Usage

Integration of Manufacturing Elements Lesson Summary 
The goal of this unit is to apply the course concepts to a capstone problem. This opportunity will allow students to develop teamwork and presentation skills. The unit also explores career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry.
Lesson 4.1………………CIM Systems 
Lesson 4.2………………Integration of Manufacturing 
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