Course Title: Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM)

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Demetrio Elgueta

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8054

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Course Coordinator Location: 57.5.15

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite Capabilities
Students are required to have successfully completed the courses EEET2276 Electrical Principles and EEET2277 Computer Applications, or equivalent courses, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course introduces the student to the concepts and practice of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) including programming and operating CNC lathes, mills and industrial robots.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will gain or improve capabilities in:
Technical Competence:
• TC1: theoretical knowledge: knowledge in applications and procedures for the operation of computer controlled equipment in an industrial environment;
• TC2 & 4: technical ability: obtain practical skills in applying and integrating procedures for the operation of computer controlled equipment in a workshop/industrial environment;

Integrative Perspective:
• IP1 & 3: critical analysis and problem solving: students will use theoretical knowledge in a practical situation, and in conjunction with correct procedures, to establish the skills required to analyse and overcome problems that may occur in a manufacturing environment; and
Professional Practice:
• PP2: communication and working in teams: student capabilities will be improved through the presentation of written reports and group work in workshop projects.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• define the various facets of CAM and in particular;
o produce a program for a CNC lathe and a CNC mill,
o understand the procedures to be followed in order to program a 6-axis industrial robot;
• identify industrial robot classifications by movements/kinematics, drive methods and mechanisms;
• describe safety factors associated with an industrial robot installation;
• know the essential aspects of industrial vision systems for industrial robot guidance; and
• identify the essential aspects of computer integrated manufacturing including the interfacing of the various elements of a flexible manufacturing system (FMS).

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• completion of tutorial questions and practical workshop projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of written assignments relating to practical workshop projects requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual, numerical and case studies of practical CAM problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Students will also use workshop (CAM) equipment and computers within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises of a mixture of assignments, projects, reports, progress tests, practical assessments and a final exam in either short answer, multi choice or a mixture of the two.