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Course year 2
CFU 12
Teaching units Unit Smart Design and Manufacturing 1
A11 (lesson)
  • TAF: Supplementary compulsory subjects SSD: ING-IND/15 CFU: 6
Teachers: Fittizio DOCENTE, Fabio PINI
Unit Smart Design and Manufacturing 2
Management Engineering (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: ING-IND/16 CFU: 6
Teachers: Silvio DEFANTI
Exam type written
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Fabio PINI


The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge on innovative methodologies and technologies for graphic communication, development and manufacture of industrial products. The student must acquire the ability to: read a technical design, manage through computer-aided tools the main stages of the development of an industrial product, analyse the steps of a manufacturing cycle and the production flows, including machinery and automation/robotic systems. The overall objective of the course is to train the ability to interact with designers and production managers, in order to critically choose computer and electronic solutions that allow to integrate the principles of Industry 4.0 in the production system.

Admission requirements


Course contents

Function, architecture and development of CAD software; 3D modeling by CAD software and open-source modelers.
Elements of 3D graphics: surfaces and rendering; display and management of information and technical product documentation by computer: Digital Mock Up, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, PDM/PLM.
Reading and interpretation of technical drawings: introduction to the industrial technical design for design and graphic communication, projections and auxiliary views, section views, dimensional tolerances, geometric tolerances, tolerance stacks.
Laboratory: 3D constraint-based modeling; animation and rendering; API – Application programming interface.

Production types: upon order, batch, mass and series production. (1 ECTS)
The manufacturing cycle: from the raw material to the final product.
Essentials of casting processes (1 ECTS), bulk deformation processes (1 ECTS), metal cutting processes. (1 ECTS)
Fundamentals of machine tools: lathe, miller, grinding machine.
Elements of production organization: stand-alone machines, flexible production cells, production lines, automation and industrial robotics.
Basic principles of joining technologies. (1 ECTS)
Fundamentals of manufacturing of polymeric materials. (0.5 ECTS)
Additive manufacturing. (0.5 ECTS)

Teaching methods

Lessons and exercises, computer lab exercises, company visits, online seminars. Attendance is optional but strongly recommended for laboratories.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of two written tests, one for each of the two modules, and a joint oral test. The two written tests consist of: - a practical test of CAD modeling and graphic representation of a simple industrial component, lasting about 90 minutes; - a written test that requires the resolution of simple problems relating to the manufacture of components, lasting about 90 minutes. The oral exam verifies the ability to discuss technical topics, in an integrated manner for the two modules, with particular attention to critical evaluations and choices between different solutions. The two written tests are both evaluated up to a maximum of 30 points, the average of the two marks in the written tests is calculated, and this value is modified by a maximum of +3 points from the outcome of the oral test. During the tests it is not allowed to consult any material.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Through lectures and personal study, students learn: the methods and techniques to interpret technical documents and drawings; the fundamental phases of industrial product/process development; the production types and the main production processes used in the manufacturing industry. They also acquire basic knowledge about the type and structure of machine tools.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Through hands-on exercises and laboratory activities, students learn how to apply the acquired knowledge for computer-based graphical communication in the engineering field; learns how to classify a specific industrial case within a production type and distinguish the types of machine tools, the degree of automation, the production organization.
Making judgments
By confronting the teachers, the student develops the ability to understand, critically discuss and expose the methods and main techniques of graphic communication and the main production solutions
Communication skills.
Through the comparison with the teachers, the student develops the ability to communicate technical information, ideas, problems, technological solutions, to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors, through engineering graphic language, technical documents and prototypes.
Learning skills
The student develops the learning skills necessary to deepen technical topics on his own, in order to effectively address the integration into the world of work, to undertake subsequent studies or to update himself on methodologies and innovative technologies through technical literature.


Fundamentals of Graphics Communication by Gary Robert Bertoline, Eric N Wiebe, Nathan W Hartman, William A Ross, McGraw Hill;
Manufacturing Engineering & Technology by Serope Kalpakjian, Steven R. Schmid, Pearson.