Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Mission Statement

Manufacturing is how we satisfy human need and create wealth. The challenge is to create a product that is responsive to the customer with high quality and low cost. A graduate of 2.008 should have the tools and confidence to go into a manufacturing enterprise that is using an unfamiliar process to make a product he/she has not seen, and yet be able to make intelligent decisions.


2.008 introduces you to modern manufacturing with four areas of emphasis: manufacturing processes, equipment/control, systems, and design for manufacturing. The course exposes you to integration of engineering and management disciplines for determining manufacturing rate, cost, quality and flexibility. Topics include process physics, equipment design and automation/control, quality, design for manufacturing, industrial management, and systems design and operation. Labs are integral parts of the course, and expose you to various manufacturing disciplines and practices.


Internalize the attributes along which the success or failure of a manufacturing process, machine, or system will be measured: quality, cost, rate and flexibility.

Provide exposure to a range of current industrial processes and practices used to manufacture products in high and low volumes. Focus in depth on a few selected processes.

Apply physics to understand the factors that control the rate of production and influence the quality, cost and flexibility of processes.

Understand the impact of manufacturing constraints on product design and process planning.

Apply an understanding of variation to the factors that control the production rate and influence the quality, cost and flexibility of processes and systems.

Understand the role of control in processes and systems, especially in view of the presence of noise (variation).

Provide exposure to a range of manufacturing system constraints.


Prof. Sang-Gook Kim

Prof. Jung-Hoon Chun

Credit and Workload

2.008 is a 12-unit subject. Each week, on the average, the course requires 3 hours of lecture, 5 hours of laboratory, group meetings and preparation for the laboratory, and 4 hours of study, homework and report writing. Six units may be applied to the General Institute Lab Requirement.


Lectures are held on Monday and Wednesday from 12:30 pm to 1:55 pm.

Lecture Schedule

Refer to the 2.008 Spring 04 Lecture and Lab Schedule.


Kalpakjian, S. Manufacturing Engineering and Technology. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000. ISBN: 9780201361315.

Recommended Reference Book

Easy to read to have an overview on manufacturing.
Benhabib, B. and Marcel Dekker. Manufacturing: Design, Production, Automation and Integration. New York, NY: Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 2003. ISBN: 9780824742737.


Lab safety: 'Safety First'. Please read the attached 2.008 Safety Policy and abide by the safety rules for your sake. If not, you may not be allowed into the lab.

Lab sections are: Monday for 3 hours, Tuesday for 6 hours, Wednesday for 3 hours, Thursday for 6 hours.

Section selection: You will be assigned to one of the lab sections during the first lecture. Because each section can accommodate only 12 students, some of you may be asked to move to another section. Every effort will be made to enroll you in a convenient section, but seniors will have priority.

Lab attendance: Absolutely mandatory. You must arrive on time.

Grading Policy

Your grade will be based on your overall performance in class, labs, group meetings, and quizzes. They count approximately as follows:

 2 Quizzes 40%
Lab Performance and Reports 30%
Homework 10%
Group Meetings + Final Presentation 20%

The quizzes are closed book and cover material from the lectures as well as the labs.

Technical Instructors and TAs will grade your lab reports. You are required to drop off lab reports in the box by their due dates.

All lab reports are due by 5 pm exactly one week after they have been assigned. No late reports will be accepted unless you have made prior arrangements with Technical Instructors and TAs.


Homework will be posted on the course web on most Wednesdays. (8 times during the semester) You are required to turn in the homework assignments by next Wednesday at the beginning of the class. The assignments will be graded by TAs.

Solutions will be posted on the web site.

Group Meetings

Each student as part of a lab group manufacturing a yo-yo will be required to meet once a week outside of class and lab. Your team will be established during the first lab session and should designate the weekly meeting time.

These group meetings are to aid you in making design decisions, part dimensions, homework solutions, etc., as informed team members.

Please take down minutes of the meetings each week, as they will help you in performing peer evaluations at the end of the semester.

Plant Tour

Plant tours to a manufacturing facility (TBA) are scheduled on Ses #36 and 37.

You are encouraged to attend either one of the tours.


Presentation of your lab project will take place on Ses #44.

Pizza will be provided and it will be the last day of the class. More detail will be provided during the semester.