Rapid Manufacturing

By Prof. J. Ramkumar, Prof. Amandeep Singh   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 3236
In the contemporary dynamic manufacturing era, to produce products that can be easily made and can offer typical competences is of utmost importance. Besides basic manufacturing processes, engineering students and manufacturers needs to bolster their skills in advanced technologies. This course is a step in this direction to make the students to learn design, development, and manufacturing using Rapid Manufacturing technologies. Along with specific Rapid Prototyping techniques, manufacturing concerns such as geometric modelling, design for manufacturing and assembly, developing modular designs, group technology, et cetera are included. Laboratory demonstrations are also induced for practical experience. In the end of this course, students should be able to identify the methods and techniques required to manufacture any model.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Students of all Engineering and Science disciplines.

PREREQUISITES: The student should have completed two semesters of UG Engineering or Science program.


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Processes and Technology
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Introduction to Rapid Manufacturing (RM)
Week 2  :  Product Design Process
Week 3  :  Design for Modularity
Week 4  :  Reverse Engineering
Week 5  :  3D measurement: laboratory demonstration
Week 6  :  Polymerization, and Powder based RM processes
Week 7  :  Liquid based, and Sheet stacking RM processes
Week 8  :  3D printing RM processes and laboratory demonstration
Week 9  :  Beam Deposition RM processes, and materials in RM
Week 10  :  Post-processing and costing in RM
Week 11  :  Rapid Product Development (CAD/CAE/CIM)
Week 12  :  Rapid Product Development (Software demonstration), and case studies on RM

Books and references

  1. Kamrani, A.K. and Nasr, E.A., 2010. Engineering design and rapid prototyping. Springer Science & Business Media.
  2. Gebhardt, A., 2011. Understanding additive manufacturing.
  3. Gibson, I., Rosen, D.W. and Stucker, B., 2014. Additive manufacturing technologies (Vol. 17). New York: Springer.
  4. Hopkinson, N., Hague, R. and Dickens, P. eds., 2006. Rapid manufacturing: an industrial revolution for the digital age. John Wiley & Sons.
  5. Pham, D. and Dimov, S.S., 2012. Rapid manufacturing: the technologies and applications of rapid prototyping and rapid tooling. Springer Science & Business Media.

Instructor bio

Prof. J. Ramkumar

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Janakarajan Ramkumar is Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, and Design Program, at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He teaches manufacturing science, micro/nano technology, new product development. He has a bachelors in Production Engineering with his doctorate in Defect quantification in drilling of composites from IIT Madras, India with a best thesis award. Over the years his contribution in teaching and research is remarkable. He has worked for BOSCH group and improved the productivity of the company. His research and teaching focus is on nano technology and inclusive design. He has several international and national patents in his credit and has published more than 100 journal papers

Prof. Amandeep Singh

Dr. Amandeep Singh is working asResearch Scientist in the Mechanical Engineering Department, and Design Program, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. He holds PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, and a bachelor degree in Production Engineering. Dr. Singh has ten years of industrial and academic experience. His research interests are Sustainable Manufacturing Processes and Systems, Simulation of Manufacturing Systems, Product Design and Manufacturing, Applied Ergonomics and Engineering Metrology. He has traveled in countries like US, Canada, and Australia to present his research in various international conferences organized by reputed bodies like CIRP and IEOM. His research is also published in various international reputed journals.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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