The Department of Mechanical Engineering and The Society of Mechanical Engineers jointly organized a webinar on “ADVANCED DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING” on 26.11.2021to update the students on the latest trends in Mechanical Engineering. Industrial expert Mr.R.Devaraj, Product Specialist, Digital Manufacturing Group, Autodesk India Pvt. Ltd, Chennai was the Guest Speaker of the day. The programme was organized and conducted under the guidance of the Director – Administration Dr. K.K.Ramasamy, and the Principal Dr.M.Premkumar. The webinar was convened by Professor& Head of the Department, Dr.A.P.Sivasubramaniam and coordinated by Professors Dr.K.Sundaramurthy and Dr.V.Subburam. The Welcome address was delivered by Mr.N.SelvaPrabu of third year Mechanical and the Chief Guest was introduced by Mr.K. Abdullah from final year Mechanical. Faculty members and students actively participated in the webinar in large numbers.
Mr.R.Devaraj, explained how the advent of artificial intelligence and and software have made complex designing and manufacturing process simple. He elaborated on the modern aspects of manufacturing through PPTs and videos which included the following highlights: Now in the modernized Industry 4.0 the stages of design and production include visualize-simulate-optimize-automate. The advanced ‘Designing process’ includes ‘i-logic design’ by which any customization could be automized, ‘generative design’ that is used for iterative design and can design exponentially and apart from this ‘design styling software’ can be used for different styles. Next is the ‘Experiencing process’ where High Quality Rendering’ and ‘Virtual Reality’ tools are used to experience the quality of the product outcome. Design Studio is used for new product development, particularly in automobile industry that involves different stages like “Designing-Styling-Validating-Manufacturing”. A German company called Kolb fabricates clay models of car to implement various modifications in the design. The next one is the ‘Analysis Process’ that involves simulation and analysis tools of computer aided engineering(CAE) software like CFD (Computerized Fluid to analye liquids and gases), FEA (Finit Element Analysis to analyse structural mechanics), MFA (Mold Flow Analysis to analyse 15000 varieties of plastic materials) and PFA(Progressive Failure Analysis to analyse composite materials). The ‘Manufacturing process’ involves CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software tools that could be Subtractive Manufacturing (removing unwanted stock from bulk) or Additive Manufacturing (layer by layer addition to get the required form).
At the end, the guest speaker cleared the doubts of the students and provided inputs on skillsets required to get into different types of manufacturing companies during the interaction session.
All the participants found the program very informative and inspiring. The final year Mechanical Engineering student Mr.P.Jayaprakashtook care of the master of ceremony andMs.S. Sivalingam of third year Mechanical delivered the Vote of Thanks.