Introduction to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology Specialization

Introduction to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology Specialization

[Kemper Lewis] Are you interested in programming robots?
Or 3-D printing? Or maybe you’re curious about how a simple idea for a part is
converted to an electronic sketch on a computer which is then emailed to a
numerically controlled machining center which then produces the part. If so, the
Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology specialization [at UB] is for you.
Technology is evolving faster than ever before and it’s having a huge impact on
manufacturing. At the University at Buffalo we designed this 101 level
course for anyone interested in how digital advances are changing
manufacturing and factory operations nationwide and throughout the world.
Whether you’re a high school graduate figuring out your career interest,
a professional contemplating a job change or small to medium sized business owner seeking insights, join us on a journey about the 21st century’s manufacturing
revolution. Because, let’s face it, customers demand newer products with
better features and are not willing to wait long to get the new product in
their hands. Take web-enabled services as an example. 15 years ago these products
saw a three to five year time – obsolescence compared to perhaps 14 to
18 months today. What does this mean to manufacturers? They need to reimagine how they take a product from ideation to a usable project in the consumer’s hands and
the product needs to have incredible levels of customization, quality and
performance along with a competitive price. Fact of the matter is with the
improvements made in information technology, material sciences, production
technologies and supply chain strategies for the past 50 years, we are
well-positioned to challenge the traditional way products are developed.
We are at the initial stages of a new era and the next Industrial Revolution
popularly termed Industry 4.0. In this era we will develop products virtually,
bypassing time-consuming and non-value-added tasks associated
traditional methods. The Society of Automotive Engineers estimates that 90%
of all products will be developed virtually in the coming years. So how
does this new product development process look? You have an idea,
you convert the idea into a product and process model which is virtually tested
to make sure it meets customer requirements and then, voila, you go into
production. It’s as simple as that. This is made possible by sharing data and
information across all stages of the product life cycle, what is referred to
as the digital thread. In this specialization we break down this
reimagining of manufacturing through nine courses. Because of the complexity
of the subject matter, the first course is designed to orient you to the changes
taking place in manufacturing and it previews topics that will be covered in
much greater detail in the remaining eight courses. These topics include the
digital thread, advanced analysis, intelligent machining, the advanced
manufacturing Enterprise, digital manufacturing commons, cyber security, and model-based systems engineering. We’ve included an exciting and engaging
project to help to pursue your own goals. By applying the knowledge obtained
through this specialization, the project will help you plan and implement a
road map to take your first progressive step and your DM&D career path. We are
confident you will find it rewarding and exciting. Most important of all, this
specialization will give you the confidence you need to have an
intelligent, fact-based dialogue with your friends, colleagues, your
organization management either in an informal or a formal job interview. The
University at Buffalo, or UB for short, is a premier research-intensive public
university and the largest institution in the 64 campus State University of New
York system known as SUNY. SUNY is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States. UB has the largest
and most comprehensive Public School of Engineering in New York State and has
long been dedicated to advancing manufacturing capabilities. We do so through entities such as SMART, the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic
Technologies Community of Excellence which is creating the next generation of
technologies, processes and education through interdisciplinary research of
regional partners and UB faculty. UB Center for Industrial Effectiveness
is another outreach center that supports the business community by delivering
operational excellence services, engineering solutions, and professional
development offerings. We developed this specialization with funding made
possible by our sponsor, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation
Institute, also known as DMDII. DMDII is part of the Manufacturing USA Federal
Initiative. It’s a federally funded research and development organization of UI labs that encourages factories across America to adopt digital manufacturing
and design technologies. The overall goal is for manufacturers to become more
competitive and efficient. In order to keep the content of the specialization
relevant and engaging to you, the specialization content was developed
close partnership with our industry partners: Lockheed Martin, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software, MOOG, Buffalo Manufacturing Works, the Society
of Manufacturing Engineers, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, SAE,
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, and Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems. We also acknowledge UB’s Center for Educational
Innovation, Accu-Solve Group, and Full Circle Studios for their leadership in
facilitating content development and production. Five University at Buffalo
professors are serving as instructors for this specialization. They include Ken English, Shambhu Upadhyaya, Rahul Rai, Sara Behdad and Chi Zhou. Keep in mind, this is a one-on-one level specialization. It is not intended to
make you an expert. This specialization is designed to help you understand digital manufacturing and design concepts and appreciate them enough so
you get an idea of how the subject matter comes together. We welcome you to this specialization and we are confident you will have fun learning about this
exciting topic of digital manufacturing and design.

9 Replies to “Introduction to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology Specialization”

  1. Very attractive! Does the course teach us hard skills related to Industry 4.0(data analysis, maching learning), or just teach the concept of Industry 4.0?

  2. If you have a 7 minute long attention span these days, you're this generation's Solzhenitsyn.
    With love, I think you'd benefit from making a 1.5 to 3 minute long "hype" video that leads to this one.

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