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George L Mccain
ART 321
Seattle Campus

Materials and Manufacture

Analyzes materials used in mass-produced products, focusing on how these materials impact product design and on finishing quality of products. Emphasizes materials research and manufacturing processes. Prerequisite: ART 211; ART 212.

Class description

The textbook for the class will be: "Making It - Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design"; Chris Lefteri, Laurence King Publishing. The book is available from We will cover common materials used in mass produced products, methods of production, manufacturing assembly methods, and other related topics, such as rapid prototyping and modelmaking. There will be assignments on the Metric system and reading 3-view drawings, among other things.

We will also use a Course Packet. The Packet is available from the Ave Copy Center, 4141 University Way NE. Ask for the Course Packet for Art 321.

Student learning goals

An exposure to the basic processes and materials used for producing typical products, e.g, injection molding, die casting, blow molding, vacuum and pressure forming, raapid prototyping, labels and decoration, etc.

An understanding of the materials trade-offs in designing products.

A knowledge of environmental issues in design.

In-depth research into specified processes.

An understanding of some basic knowledge neccesary for Industrial Design.

General method of instruction

Generally one field trip a week to local industry to observe processes.

Recommended preparation

All required classes necessary for admission to Junior level ID

Class assignments and grading

There will be a team project assigned to do in-depth research on a given process, and a multi-media report-out at the conclusion of the research. Quizzes will be given on a regular basis regarding processes observed on field trips as well as on assigned readings and class lectures.

Grades will be on a curve and weighted by relative importance of assignment category.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by George L Mccain
Date: 08/24/2010