SME: Basic Manufacturing Processes

SME (the Society of Manufacturing Engineers) has a great playlist of Youtube videos that outlines many basic manufacturing processes, and they are all right here for you. Most of the videos are from two to five minutes in length, and get the main points of those processes across to students in an easy to understand format. There are 44 videos in all. Thanks SME!

The best way to search for or find  a particular video is to use Ctrl + F in the browser window and then type in the process you are looking for. It will then jump to the video you are searching for!

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Model Train Tutorials

So you’re having a hard time making all those train parts? Watch the tutorials below to see how Jim does them. I find some of the methods he uses makes it easier to understand, especially with the cow catcher. He also uses different techniques, so you may actually end up learning something. Thanks Jim!

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Module 1 – Manufacturing Principles and Overview
  • Lesson 1 – What is Manufacturing
  • Lesson 2 – Costs of Manufacturing
  • Lesson 3 – Material Properties
  • Lesson 4 – Mechanics
  • Lesson 5 – Fluid Dynamics
Module 2 – Manufacturing and Fabrication Processes
  • Lesson 1  – Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes
  • Lesson 2 – Additive Processes
  • Lesson 3 – Subtractive Processes
  • Lesson 4 – Solidification Processes
  • Lesson 5 – Sheet Metal and Forming Processes
  • Lesson 6 – Joining and Assembly Processes
  • Lesson 7 – Post Production Processes
  • Lesson 8 – Quality Control
Module 3 – Tooling and Measurement
  • Lesson 1 – Precision Measurement
  • Lesson 2 – Hand Tools
  • Lesson 3 – Power Tools
  • Lesson 4 – Tooling for Automation
Module 4 – Designing for Manufacturing and Product Development
  • Lesson 1 – Computer Aided Design and 3D Modeling
  • Lesson 2 – Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Lesson 3 – Product Design Optimization
  • Lesson 4 – Packaging and Distribution
Module 5 – Electronics and Power
  • Lesson 1 – Basics of Electricity
  • Lesson 2 – Electrical Components and Circuit Design and Integration
  • Lesson 3 – Inputs and Outputs
Module 6 – Automation
  • Lesson 1  – Control Systems
  • Lesson 2 – Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Lesson 3 – Robotics
Module 7 – Integrated Manufacturing Systems
  • Lesson 1 – Material Handling
  • Lesson 2 – Production and Assembly Lines
  • Lesson 3 – Cellular Manufacturing
Module 8 – Advanced Activities
  • Laser
  • Manual Machining
  • CNC Machining
  • 3D Priniting
  • VEX
  • Robotics
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How do I get a $100 discount and free shipping on a Dobot Magician?

Great question! Luckily the answer is, as always, “It’s easy!”

I just purchased eight of them for my CIM class after testing them for the better part of the last six months. I feel that they are so much more accurate and durable than anything else I have used in my classroom to date. Any questions please contact me. Also see the videos I have made about the accuracy here, and about how I used it here.

Just go to to purchase your robot from In-Position Technologies; a real robotics company that designs, sells, and services manufacturing systems for industry. They are the only US based provider for  service and support for the Dobot line of robots. If your district is paying on line, be sure they type in the code: chrisandjimcim to get a $100.00 discount and free shipping.

If your district is using a purchase order, be sure to use this address and phone number to get the same discount. Just put the code chrisandjimcim on the purchase order. The address to use is:

Dobot.US c/o Christian Hunter

7403 West Boston Street

Chandler AZ 85226

Phone: 480.890.8086

The advantages to buying it here using the code chrisandjimcim:
  • $100.00 off.
  • Free Shipping.
  • US warranty work is done here in the United States.
  • They sell spare parts and accessories that are shipped from right here too.
  • US based email and telephone support.
  • Updated User’s manual.
  • Software is FREE. No Codes. Download HERE
  • Comes Pre-assembled.
  • Access to Word Doc Activity files as they become available
  • Access to the 3D print and laser cut accessory files as seen in the videos like the pneumatic parts feeder and the pallets.

I plan on writing activities to go along with the robot shortly, and will send them to anyone who purchases one through In-Position Technologies. As an added bonus, I will also share the files so that you can make your own accessories like pallets, AND pneumatic parts feeder as seen in my videos, free of charge!

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CIM Material Processes


HWMT BrochureYour students really need to know how things are made in industry, so below are some resources to help you get started with the learning process. My students became an “expert” in one particular field, picked a topic, and made a brochure about a specific manufacturing process. Part of their research was to find a great video that explains the process. The links to all of the videos, as well as some of their brochures as well.

Download the 2017 HIM Brochure Topics .

Download the Process Brochure Template as a zipped publisher file.

Download the 2013 HIM Brochure Rubric.

All videos linked below are in order as they appear on the Brochure Topics Handout referenced above.


Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM): is an additive manufacturing technology commonly used for modeling, prototyping, and production applications. It is one of the techniques used for 3D printing.
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 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS):  is an additive manufacturing (AM) technique that uses a laser as the power source to sinter powdered material (typically metal), aiming the laser automatically at points in space defined by a 3D model, binding the material together to create a solid structure.
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 Stereolithography (SL):  is a form of 3-D printing technology used for creating models, prototypes, patterns, and production parts in a layer by layer fashion using photopolymerization, a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link together, forming polymers.
Brochure coming soon…

 Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM): is a rapid prototyping system. In it, layers of adhesive-coated paper, plastic, or metal laminates are successively glued together and cut to shape with a knife or laser cutter.
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rapid prototyping system. In it, layers of adhesive-coated paper, plastic, or metal laminates are successively glued together and cut to shape with a knife or laser cutter.


CNC Milling is  the most common form of computer numerical control (CNC) machining, performs the functions of both drilling and turning machines. CNC mills are categorized according to their number of axis and are traditionally programmed using a set of codes that represent specific functions.
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 CNC Turning refers to the automated machining process of shaping material, such as metal, wood or plastic, using a computer numeric control (CNC) machine. Turning is usually done when making round parts.
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Waterjet Cutting:  is a form capable of cutting a wide variety of materials using a very high-pressure jet of water, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substance.
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Laser Cutting  is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics.
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Drop Forging  is the process of heating metal and hammering it in to a special die (cast die) to produce a final product. Manufacturers use the drop forging process to produce hardware products which need to be strong and durable.
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Die Casting  is a metal casting process that is characterized by forcing molten metal under high pressure into a mould cavity. The mould cavity is created using two hardened tool steel dies which have been machined into shape and work similarly to an injection mould during the process. Most die castings are made from non-ferrous metals, specifically zinc, copper, aluminium, magnesium, lead, pewter and tin-based alloys. Depending on the type of metal being cast, a hot- or cold-chamber machine is used.
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Investment Casting is an industrial process based on lost-wax casting, one of the oldest known metal-forming techniques.[1] The term “lost-wax casting” can also refer to modern investment casting processes.Investment casting has been used in various forms for the last 5,000 years. In its earliest forms, beeswax was used to form patterns necessary for the casting process. Today, more advanced waxes, refractory materials and specialist alloys are typically used for making patterns. Investment casting is valued for its ability to produce components with accuracy, repeatability, versatility and integrity in a variety of metals and high-performance alloys.
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