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MTT107 - Metal cutting
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPEN
7,5 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 34113
Open for exchange students: No
Block schedule: D

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0117 Project 7,5 c Grading: UG   7,5 c    

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Amir Malakizadi

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second 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

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
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

Basic courses in materials science and manufacturing technology including metal cutting.


The course aims at facilitating manufacturing engineering knowledge at advanced level regarding metal cutting, which is one of the most value-adding operations in modern manufacturing industry.

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

  • Understand the basics of applied metrology, workpiece quality and functional surfaces.
  • Recognize diverse machining operations and gain insight into their industrial applications.
  • Learn the basic concepts of machine tools and process-machine interactions.
  • Obtain knowledge of cutting tools and cutting-tool materials.
  • Gain an understanding of machining with abrasives - including grinding and fine-finishing technology.
  • Apply modelling of machining operations using numerical and empirical methods.
  • Use laboratory equipment to assess machining quality.
  • Apply sustainability aspects to manufacturing technology.
  • Learn about production engineering management and investments projects.
  • Develop teamwork skills in an engineering context to solve real-life industrial manufacturing problems.


Metal cutting is a crucial value-adding process at the end of the manufacturing chain. The advancement of metal cutting has therefore unmatched capabilities of increasing production efficiency and improving component performance in a variety of industrial sectors: automotive, aerospace, energy, bearing, tooling, etc.

In this course, the fundamentals of processes and the machines used in the manufacture of components will be addressed. Specific focus will be placed on machining operations, engineering aspects of cutting tools and cutting-tool materials, performance characteristics of machines, cutting fluids, surface functionalization, etc. The course will also develop the competencies in management and sustainability required when advancing manufacturing processes.


The course includes lectures, case studies, tutorials (lab exercises), group assignments and presentations. A typical case-study will examine scientific development and industrial end-use of manufacturing processes and machines. The group assignments will form the basis for developing team-based engineering skills needed to solve real manufacturing problems in the industry. For this, a study-visit to a manufacturing plant will be organized to experience machining and production on a large scale.

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. Therefore, guest lectures from experts in the industry (e.g. Volvo Car Corporation, Sandvik Coromant) will provide students a unique opportunity to learn key competencies required in production.

The lectures will be given in English.


Books / eBooks:
(1) Klocke, F., 2011. Manufacturing Processes 1 - Cutting. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
(2) Klocke, F., 2009. Manufacturing Processes 2 - Grinding, honing, lapping. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
(3) Toenshoff, H.K. and Denkena, B., 2013. Basics of cutting and abrasive processes. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
(4) Trent, E.M. and Wright, P.K., 2000. Metal cutting. Butterworth-Heinemann.

as well as selected review and research papers - all available online via Chalmers library.

Examination including compulsory elements

The grading of the course will be on a pass/fail basis.

Eighty-percent (80%) attendance at lectures is required. Moreover, attendance at tutorials (lab exercises) - including reports, is also a specific requirement of the course. Group assignments also include compulsory attendance and presentations.

Additional studies may be applicable for failure to achieve a satisfactory level of attendance; these will be consulted individually with the course examiner.

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