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Sand Casting

In the Sand Casting segment we enter Ford Motor Company's Beech Daly Technical Center to witness the automated, direct production of sand casting copes, drags and cores.


Workholding includes any device used to grip and present a workpiece to a cutting tool on a machine tool. To provide an understanding of workholding as a fundamental issue in the machining process, this Workholding program examines the principles of workholding, milling & machining center workholding, and lathe workholding. The Principles of Workholding segment covers datums, part location, the six degrees of freedom, the 3-2-1 locational method, and issues of reclamping or rechucking workpieces. The Milling & Machining Center Workholding segment looks at small-lot, medium-lot, and mass-production workholding options while detailing the use of clamps, vises, multi-vises, cubes, columns, tombstones, indexers, rotary tables, modular fixturing, pallets, pneumatic clamping, hydraulic clamping, vacuum workholding, and application-dedicated fixtures. The Lathe Workholding segment explores the use of 3-jaw chucks, 6-jaw chucks, 4-jaw chucks, 2-jaw chucks, indexing chucks, collets, collet chucks, between centers turning, drive dogs, face drivers, steady rests, and magnetic chucks and fixtures.

Composite Tooling Design Introduction

Quality tooling is a fundamental requirement for the manufacture of composite parts. This is due to the fact that every step in the composite part manufacturing process must be tightly controlled to ensure superior material properties and predictable performance in the final product. This Composite Tooling Design program explores the composite materials used for tooling, and tooling design.

Roll Forming

Roll forming is a high-volume production process used to produce an unlimited variety of formable cross-sections. Part of the Fundamental Manufacturing Processes Video Series, this program provides detailed information on roll forming dimensional tolerances, material straightness, camber, curve, bow and twist, roll form tooling, and roll forming machines.

Plastic Thermoforming Introduction

This Plastic Thermoforming program highlights both cut sheet and roll fed thermoforming operations, and features details on the various thermoforming process components.

Plastic Thermoforming

Plastic thermoforming is the process of producing parts by heating and shaping plastic sheet and film. This Plastic Thermoforming program highlights both cut sheet and roll fed thermoforming operations, and features details on the various thermoforming process components. 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.

Additive Manufacturing Technologies, Second Edition

This book covers in detail the various aspects of joining materials to form parts. A conceptual overview of rapid prototyping and layered manufacturing is given, beginning with the fundamentals so that readers can get up to speed quickly.

Liquid Molding

This Liquid Molding program encompasses several process variations of typically low-viscosity resin systems which are used in the production of detailed, high quality composite parts. Just a few of the liquid molding processes featured includes: resin transfer molding and vacuum Infusion.