Manufacturability, Producibility, and Testability

MECH&AE 878.35
This course introduces students to the concept, content, and application of producibility for space systems hardware, tooling, and equipment
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What you can learn.

  • Learn the concept of producibility from the perspectives of product management, systems, design, manufacturing, and quality engineering, as well as finance, supply chain, logistics, and lifecycle supportability
  • Understand testability, design for manufacture/assembly, the role of simulation, use of cost and trade-off tools, and other producibility topics
  • Learn the systems requirements and techniques of producibility, and conclude with elements and techniques of practical application with an understanding of the relationship of the features of design and the characteristics of the manufacturing processes chosen

About this course:

This course introduces students to the concept, content, and application of producibility for space systems hardware, tooling, and equipment. Additionally, testability, design for manufacture/assembly, the role of simulation, use of cost and tradeoff tools, and other producibility topics will be discussed in a combination of lecture, case study, and small group work. The primary question this course seeks to address is one from which everyorganization that manufactures a product will benefit: how can that product be more easily, repeatedly, and economically manufactured within the constraints of cost, quality, time, and current technology?
We will analyze the concept of producibility from the perspectives of product management, systems, design, manufacturing, and quality engineering, as well as finance, supply chain, logistics, and lifecycle supportability. Using readings from academia, industry, and professional organizations, this course will begin examination of producibility from a theoretical perspective. We will then consider the systems requirements and techniques of producibility and conclude with elements and techniques of practical application with an understanding of the relationship of the features of design and the characteristics of the manufacturing processes chosen. Having a manufacturing or other technical background will be beneficial, but not necessary for success in this course.

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