DIY Manufacturing Technology

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Shunmugham Pandian
Indian Institute of Information Technology - Design and Manufacturing - Kancheepuram
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Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT)
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40 Hours
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5 Hours
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Innovative manufacturing is the engine of modern economies. Engineering education in general, and manufacturing technology education in particular, needs to be hands-on. However, in resource-poor academic institutions access to hands-on laboratory instruction in manufacturing technology is limited by the high cost of equipment and the limited practical skills of faculty. The recent availability of low-cost open source hardware and free open source software has led to the development of a Build Your Own/Do It Yourself (BYO/DIY) movement for extremely affordable laboratory equipment for education and research.

In this hands-on course, you will first learn the basics of open source hardware, esp. Arduino microcontroller, for development of DIY manufacturing technology. Next, you will learn the fundamentals of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and their application in subtractive (computer numerical control, CNC) manufacturing and additive manufacturing (3D printing). You will get an overview of CNC technology and programming, using which you will learn how to build your own low-cost, tabletop CNC machines like milling machine, lathe, router, printed circuit board (PCB) machine, as well as laser engraver/cutter and plasma cutter. 

Next, you will be introduced to the basic concepts of additive manufacturing and 3D printers. Using Arduino and CNC machine building knowledge, you will then learn how to build your own low-cost desktop 3D printers. Finally, you will learn the basics of BYO robot manipulators and mobile robots, and the application of robotics in automation.

The course is open to teachers of engineering colleges and universities, polytechnics and ITIs, and even high schools with interest in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The prerequsites are knowledge of basic electricity, electronics, and computers. Programming knowledge is desirable but not essential, and can be learnt through the course as needed. 

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Shunmugham Pandian

Dr S R Pandian received his BE (ECE) from Madurai-Kamaraj University in 1982, and MTech (Control Systems) in 1982 and PhD (Robotics) in 1990 both in EE from IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi respectively. During 1992-2012, he did teaching and research at leading universities in Japan and USA. His areas of research are underwater robotics, smart systems, and applications to education, environment and renewable energy. He has authored more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals and national and international conferences, and holds one US patent in the area of human power conversion. His inventions and innovations have been featured in Discovery Channel Canada, SBS TV Korea, and other Indian and American news media. At IIITDM Kancheepuram, He is Coordinator of MHRD-funded Teaching Learning Centre and National Resource Centre for Design and Manufacturing Education. The TLC particularly focuses on design, development and dissemination of low-cost DIY/BYO manufacturing technology equipment for adoption in universities, colleges, polytechnics and ITIs. He is also active in schools outreach, and is helping high schools promote hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education.

Dr. K. Senthilkumaran is currently Assistant Professor in Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) Kancheepuram, Chennai. He is also the divisional leader for smart manufacturing division at IIITDM Kancheepuram. He obtained his doctorate in Additive manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering department of IIT Delhi. He previously worked as a guest researcher in Systems Integration Division of National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA. His research interests are in additive and sustainable manufacturing. He is an editorial member of ASTM journal on Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing. He is a member of ASME and IEEE. He has been nominated for prestigious in-residence program for inspired teachers at Rahstrapathi Bhavan during 2016. He has more than 30 international publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He is also a regular speaker at various design and manufacturing workshops and events on design and manufacturing. He has taught more than 10 courses on design and manufacturing and maintains an online portal called for blended learning in design and manufacturing education. 


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