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Free Online Course on Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes. Students will gain the understanding needed to assess a wide variety of manufacturing techniques, identify potential improvements, and confidently pursue the scale-up of innovative products.

In this ten-week course, applicants will learn the technologies that manufacture products we use every day, and the fundamental principles required to take processes to high-volume production. This course will start on September 12, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 4-6 hours pw
Subject: Engineering
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on September 12, 2017

Providers’ Details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a coeducational, privately endowed research university founded in 1861 — is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

About This Course

Have you wondered how something was manufactured? Do you want to learn what it takes to turn your design into a finished product? This course introduces a wide range of manufacturing processes including machining, injection molding, and 3D printing; and explains the fundamental principles and practices of manufacturing at scale.

Why Take This Course?

For each process, 2.008 xs explains the underlying physical principles, provides several practical examples and demonstrations, and summarizes design for manufacturing principles. Lectures are also included on cost estimation, quality and variation, robotics, and sustainability. Together, this knowledge will enable you to plan a manufacturing process for a multi-part product, make quantitative estimates of cost and throughput, and recognize important constraints and tradeoffs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Manufacturing processes in detail: machining, injection molding, casting, thermoforming, sheet metal forming, 3D printing, and more
  • Overarching principles: rate, quality, cost, flexibility, sustainability
  • How to apply design for manufacturing principles, plan a multi-step process, and envision an automated manufacturing system for complex products
  • Emerging technologies including robotics, connected machines, and their implications on the future of manufacturing


John Hart

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Hardt

Ralph E. and Eloise F. Cross Professor in Manufacturing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dawn Wendell

Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Dow

Technical Instructor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Timothy Gutowski

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Secondary school (high school) math and physics
  • Calculus I
  • Knowledge or willingness to simultaneously study basic principles of mechanics of material, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics and heat transfer

How To Join This Course

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