Manufacturing Educational Materials

Basic knowledge and insights on manufacturing-related topics such as drilling, milling, turning, waterjet cutting, metrology, surface finish, and design for manufacture. Michigan Technological University

Introduction to Machine Tools

From MIT’s ME department – shop safety, metal cutting physics, measurement, part layout, band saw, belt sander, drill press (& tapping holes), lathe, milling machine, grinding & buffing, working with sheet metal.

Design and Manufacturing I, Spring 2009 and II, Spring 2004

MIT OpenCourseWare – introduction to modern manufacturing: manufacturing processes, equipment/control, systems, and design for manufacturing.

Tap Drill Chart

Drill sizes to use prior to cutting internal threads with a tap, clearance holes, Unified Screw Threads, Metric sizes, and Pipe Threads. Includes cross reference chart of fractional, letter, number, decimal equivalent, and metric drill sizes.

Anodizing Reference Guide

Anodizing is a controlled oxidation process which provides an aluminum surface with an extremely hard, durable, corrosion resistant, aluminum oxide finish.

Welding and Joining Processes

MIT OpenCourseWare – cold welding, adhesive bonding, diffusion bonding, soldering, brazing, flames, arcs, high-energy density heat sources, solidification, cracking resistance, shielding methods, and electric contacts

Making balls by metal spinning

Metal Spinning & Metal Spinning Equipment

Center for Non Traditional Manufacturing Research

“…the only research facility in the United States dedicated solely to the examination of nontraditional manufacturing methods” – Ultrasonic Machining, Electrodischarge Machining, Abrasive Electrodischarge Grinding, Electrochemical Machining, Abrasive Flow Machining, Rapid Prototyping, and Hybrid Machining. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

High Speed Machining (pdf)

The effective way of modern cutting, Cracow University of Technology.

Tool Life, Tool Wear and Surface Finish

Influence of Cutting Conditions on Tool Life, Tool Wear and Surface Finish in the Face Milling Process, Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences.

Application of Cutting Fluids in Machining Processes

“The use of cutting fluid generally causes economy of tools and it becomes easier to keep tight tolerances and to maintain workpiece surface properties without damages…it brings also some problems, like fluid residuals and human diseases…alternatives are dry cutting and cutting with minimum quantity of fluid (MQF). The main goal of this work is to discuss these tendencies.”

Machinery’s Handbook

“The Bible of the Metalworking Industries” – mathematics, mechanics & strength of materials, properties, treatment and testing of materials, dimensioning, gaging & measuring, tooling and toolmaking, machining operations, manufacturing processes, fasteners, threads and threading, gears, splines & cams, machine elements and measuring units. Very useful book, available on CD-ROM as well.

Manufacturing & Ecology

Journal of Industrial Ecology

From MIT Press “an international quarterly fostering understanding and practice in the emerging field of industrial ecology.”

International Journal of Environmentally Conscious Design & Manufacturing

“…aims at providing a medium for the dissemination of accurate information about the impact and the short-term as well as the long-term effects of design and manufacturing on the environment.”

Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing (CGDM)

“multi-disciplinary research and education on environmental management, design for environment and pollution prevention issues in critical industries.”, faculty and students come from UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, School of Public Health, Energy and Resources Group and Haas School of Business.

Centre for Sustainable Design

“…links to cases, eco-design tools, research institutes and other web sites related to…the management and reduction of the environmental aspects of products throughout their life cycle.”

The Greening of Industrial Ecosystems

Understanding industrial ecology and its context. Online html book, full text, National Academy Press, 272 pages (1994)

The Industrial Green Game: Implications for Environmental Design and Management

“…smart design of products, processes, systems, and organizations, and the implementation of smart management strategies that effectively harness technology and ideas to avoid environmental problems before they arise.” On line book, full text html, National Academy Press, 280 pages (1997).


OPC Foundation

Open standards for numeric controllers in industrial automation systems. Also, see this analysis of open CNC architecture for machine tools


Self-contained factory units in 40-foot shipping containers, for manufacturing goods & processing materials: bakeries, mobile medical units, water purification, retreading of tires, manufacture of steel nails, aluminum pans, agricultural implements, etc.