Six Sigma: Statistics in Manufacturing

What is Six Sigma and how does it help when manufacturing? In this video from Simplilearn you’ll find out. Hey teachers: there’s a great quiz near the end of the video to check for understanding.

Six Sigma gives you the tools and techniques to determine what’s making the manufacturing process slow down, how you can eliminate the delays, improve the process, and fix further issues along the way. It is a methodology that has seen worldwide adoption.

This video also provides detailed examples on how each of the two Six Sigma methodologies work. The example we’ll be considering is how a car manufacturing company is able to achieve its goals with the help of the Six Sigma methodologies, DMAIC and DMADV.

We’ll be covering the below topics in this Six Sigma video:

  1. What is Six Sigma? 00:33
  2. History of Six Sigma 00:47
  3. Six Sigma methodologies and examples 01:26
  4. Quiz 07:23

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Need Some Distance Learning Ideas for COVID-19?

Here’s a short list of some of the things that you could do in CIM class with your kiddos while trying out distance learning. All will require a computer (That’s what the C in “CIM” stands for!) and some will require software downloaded… but feel free to change them around to fit your needs!

Research Project: Assign students to build a brochure, via google docs to make a brochure on a manufacturing process. Have them find a link to an interesting video on a process, watch it, and then add it to their brochure. Go HERE for the activity with a downloadable template. Go HERE for some exemplars.

Here’s an example of one of the brochures made with the template

Robotics Programming: Just got off the phone with Intellitek, and they said to go HERE to download the PLTW version of the software, and you have the free trial version. Even better is that if you give your students the key from your school district, they can unlock the full version at home. This is legit, and Intelitek said I could share this method via phone support. It will only work with this version! Wait! It gets better! Go HERE to get video tutorials for a lot of the Robocell projects!

Fusion Basics: Students can do some 3D modeling using fusion if they sign up in the autodesk student community. All of my students already have an account, then they log into their 360 account and use Fusion 360 in their browser! Kinda slow, so if you can download it, even better! The post HERE has downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students and a full set of videos to accompany them.

Advanced 3D modeling: Use your favorite software (Inventor/Fusion 360 was used for this activity) to complete these advanced models. The post HERE has downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students so that you can evaluate them from afar.

This would be another activity that you might be able to use as a distance learning project during the COVID-19 outbreak as well.

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How to change ramping in HSM

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When I make a pocket in Inventor, and then try to machine it with HSM, it takes forever to start cutting, and it swirls down into the part and moves very slowly. How do I get rid of this?

Thanks for the question Marianne!


CAUTION: The change below should only be done when machining soft materials like wax, Renshape, butterboard or styrofoam. If in doubt, Leave it alone!

This is put there automatically by the post processor when you chose a pocket and it is called a “helical ramping” operation. It does this automatically so that the tool engages the material very slowly, to decrease chip load and make it so the tool does not break. Notice that in this instance the tool is going all the way to the bottom of the pocket.

To change this in the pocketing operation, edit the operation, choose the linking tab, and scroll down to the ramp menu. If you wanted to speed up the helix in softer materials like renshape or machineable wax, you can just change the ramping angle to something greater to make it go faster. See below:

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04.5 T&P Presentation-Robotic Communication


This presentation covers the inputs and outputs of the Dobot Magician as well as the communication technique called Handshaking. This is very simple form of communication with 1’s and 0’s. Includes the use of relays and Optical Isolators.

Examples are also given for robot to robot, robot to micro controller, and micro-controller to micro-controller configurations.

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