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Syllabus for

Academic year
IMS025 - Manufacturing processes, machines and CAM
Tillverkningsteknik och digitala tillverkningsmetoder
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-27 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIMAL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 65132
Open for exchange students: No
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Laboratory 3,0c Grading: UG   3,0c    
0218 Examination 4,5c Grading: TH   4,5c   12 Jan 2021 am L   08 Apr 2021 pm L,  27 Aug 2021 pm L

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

The courses LMT202 Mechanics, TME255 Strength of materials, LMS589 Material science and Introduction to mechanical engineering, or equivalent knowledge.


This course is concerned with the basics of material conversion and machining processes, along with their practical applications to solve problems encountered in manufacturing. The subjects of materials, machines, computers, and software are discussed in light of manufacturing processes. The course begins with the fundamentals of industrial production, material-conversion technologies and novel manufacturing processes, such as additive manufacturing. A special feature is the coverage of machining, one of the most widely used methods of producing the final shape of manufactured products. The essential topics of programming, design, and automation of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines; NC (Numerical Control) programming; and CAD/CAM technology are introduced. Lectures includes case-studies drawn from both industry and research. With this course, the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students will learn the basic principles of manufacturing processes, machines, CNC design, and CAD/CAM technology.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • appreciate the basics of manufacturing, materials processing technology, and novel paradigms such as additive manufacturing.
  • recognise diverse machining operations and gain insight into their industrial applications.
  • learn the basic concepts of machine tools and machining systems.
  • obtain fundamentals of programming, design, and automation of CNC machines.
  • gain a hand-on experience on NC programming with CAD/CAM systems.
  • discover methods to test machine accuracy and performance.


  • Manufacturing technology fundamentals.
  • Material-processing technologies: casting, forming, additive manufacturing.
  • Fundamentals of metal cutting (machining): turning, drilling, milling, grinding, finishing; non-traditional machining.
  • Machine tools and systems: evolution of machines; metal-cutting machines, machining centres, cells, FMS.
  • Fundamentals of programming, design, and automation of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines; virtual machines and digitalization trends.
  • NC (Numerical Control) programming with CAD/CAM systems.
  • Machine tool accuracy/performance testing and error budgeting.


The course includes lectures, case studies, and tutorials/lab exercises. A typical case study will examine scientific development and industrial end-use of manufacturing processes and machines. The course has strong links with the Chalmers Centre for Metal Cutting Research (MCR) and is designed to usefully propagate the current "State-of-the-Art" in manufacturing. The lectures will be given in English and Swedish.


  • Hågeryd, L., Björklund, S., Lenner, M. & Andersson, I. 2002, Modern produktionsteknik: D. 1, 2. uppl. edn, Liber, Stockholm.
  • López de Lacalle, L. N, Lamikiz, A. 2009, Machine tools for high performance machining, Springer, London.

Examination including compulsory elements

  • To obtain a final grade (scale 3-5) in the course, a passed exam is required + approved assignments + approved lab.
  • Final grade on scale Five, Four, Three, Fail; based on the exam.
  • The exam comprises of 100 p with the grade limits: 0 - 39 p Fail, 40 - 59 p grade 3, 60 - 79 grade 4, and 80 - 100 grade 5.

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