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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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.
Brochure Goes Here!

 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.
Brochure coming soon…

 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.
Brochure coming soon…

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.
 Brochure coming soon…

 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.
  Brochure coming soon…

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.
 Brochure coming soon…

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.
Brochure coming soon…



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.
Brochure coming soon…

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.
Brochure coming soon…

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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Intellitek Mill: From Set up to Making Your First Part

So you have a new small cnc milling machine… what now???? From how to clamp a part to the table to making your first part, this is the video to watch. See the references section below for links to the other info in the video.

Video Time Stamps:

0:24 Vices
0:38 Drill press vice
1:25 Machine vice
2:30 Accuracy of a vice
4:30 Machinist squares
5:25 Strap clamps
8:42 Fixed corner/stock
9:00 Putting your stock in the vice
10:00 Laser cut parallels
10:50 other parallels
11:30 Magnetic parallels
13:00 Finding home
13:55 Finding PRZ
14:00 What’s a tool library?
15:00 What’s PLTW’s tool library
16:30 What tool can I use to cut wood?
17:30 CNCmotion: entering tools
19:50 Installing a tool in the spindle
20:30 Using the height offset gauge
22:05 testing your tool library
25:48 Setting a reference height
30:30 Preventing oxidation
33:30 Finding PRZ
34:10 Using an edge finder (video)
37:01 ILAR method
38:20 Match the tool in the machine to the one in the software.
39:59 Changing stock size CNCbase/motion
40:30 Verify the part
42:30 Run the part
49:30 Safe position

How do I use HSM to make parts in Inventor:
CNCmotion Solutions (answers to common questions when using CNCmotion):
How do I use an Edgefinder?

 Tooling Basics PPT can be found on this site here:
Step Clamps:
Toolmaker’s Vise:
Drill Press Vise:
Parallel Clamp (Use with a neodymium magnet, you can buy them at Home Depot)  
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Manufacturing in Victoria BC: Straitline Components

A_Tombstone_SmallBack in 2014 PLTW sent me to Victoria, British Columbia to be an “Educational Consultant” to a production company that was making videos on how things were made in a high tech bike parts manufacturing facility. the name of the company is Straitline, and they were gracious enough to allow me to take video of some of the processes in their facility.  Below are three of them.

It was a trip I will never forget!  Thanks Straitline! Be sure to see the Blog Post thanking them HERE.  

1. Machining Center

2. Bar Feeder Demo

3. Broaching

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