Datums are reference measurement surfaces, planes, or points from which other part features are measured. By using the 14 geometric characteristic symbols along with datum references the functional requirement of a part or assembly can be effectively communicated. The proper identification and usage of datums in GD&T is explored.
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By using GD&T, a print can explicitly call out necessary tolerances in an unambiguous fashion. Using shop floor footage and animations to illustrate examples, this program introduces the viewer to GD&T rules and concepts. The 14 symbols used in GD&T are highlighted with examples to define their use.
Stamping dies are the tools that shape and cut sheet metal parts. They are commonly developed using computer-aided design (CAD) software and analytical programs to create and prove-out highly accurate, unambiguous designs.
The Roll Forming Machines segment explores outboard spindle support, single-duty machines, conventional machines, side-by-side machines, double head machines, rafted machines, drive mechanisms, and the use of lubricants.
Roll forming is a high-volume production process used to produce an unlimited variety of formable cross-sections. Through the use of shop floor footage and detailed animations, this Roll Forming program highlights in detail: roll forming dimensional tolerances, material straightness, camber, curve, bow & twist, roll form tooling, and roll forming machines.
The Thermoforming Process Components segment explores the materials, clamping systems, heating systems, thermoforming mold types, forming forces, and trimming processes. The basic thermoforming methods are also examined, including: drape thermoforming, cavity thermoforming, pressure thermoforming, plug assist thermoforming, and twin sheet thermoforming.
This Pultrusion program details the high-throughput, continuous pultrusion process. The reinforcement materials used to produce pultrusions are followed step by step through the process - from resin saturation and impregnation, preforming, shaping, curing, and cut-to-length sawing. This program is part of an eight program Composites Manufacturing series.
This Filament Winding program examines both the wet winding and dry winding processes. The primary types of filament winding methods are detailed including: hoop winding and helical winding. This program also features an in depth look at the types and uses of filament winding mandrels. This program is part of an eight program Composites Manufacturing series.
Design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) is a proven design methodology used to optimize part costs and quality, while reducing time-to-market development. Part of the award-winning Manufacturing Insights Video Series, this program features an interview with Nicholas Dewhurst of Boothroyd Dewhurst. He explains the concepts and use of DFMA in product analysis to understand the drivers of cost, and the interaction of the individual pieces within the product to optimize design, manufacturability, and assembly.
The Plastic Injection Mold Production segment explores the use of computer simulation to develop molds, mold production methods, mold prototyping techniques, and mold maintenance & repair.