The Future of Manufacturing Business: Role of Digital Technologies

By Prof. R. K. Amit, Prof. U. Chandrasekhar   |   IIT Madras, Wipro 3D
Learners enrolled: 1273
Manufacturing is one of the key engines of a nation’s progress. In recent years, the manufacturing paradigm is changing due to availability of data, improvements in communication, advancements in materials and rapid realization of end-use parts from digital data. The objective of the course is to understand future of modern manufacturing, in the context of advancements in metal additive manufacturing and delineate the consequential technology entablements and business models.

Advanced UG, PG

INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Wipro 3D; Manufacturing companies
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Management Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 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:Manufacturing Paradigms:Significance of manufacturing. Different manufacturing paradigms—craft production, mass production, mass customization, distributed manufacturing, servitisation. Technology and manufacturing. Laws of manufacturing.
Week 2:Advances in Manufacturing and SCM:
Additive manufacturing, and its impact over the product development cycles. Reconfiguring of supply chain models. Contemporary initiatives in manufacturing: Advanced Manufacturing (US), e-factory (Japan), Industrie 4.0 (Germany), Intelligent Manufacturing (China) and Make in India (India).
Week 3: Economics of Manufacturing:
Firms’ market microstructure for manufacturing. Economies of scale, unscale, and scope. Manufacturing production functions. Mathematics of complementarities. Complementarities in production.
Week 4:Additive Manufacturing Technologies:Technology basics and classification. Metal additive manufacturing and significance of laser powder bed fusion. Challenges in realization of metal additive manufactured parts with adequate strength and integrity. Input data formats and data generation from physical artefacts. Build environment and concept of process window. Typical pitfalls and corrective measures.
Industrial Applications: Part Substitution, Prototyping, Tooling and Reengineering. Product Design and Development Models based on Metal Additive Manufacturing. Spare part management for engineering conglomerates and users of legacy systems. MRO and refurbishment models based on metal additive manufacturing.
Week 5:AM Materials:
Functionalities of AM materials – metals, plastics, ceramics and composites. Use of certified Materials and challenges in adapting new materials. Comparisons of AM materials with cast or forged structural alloys. Common Defects in AM Parts and their implications
Week 6:AM Business Functionalities:Essentials of AM plant infrastructure. Importance of post processing. Dimensional accuracy, surface finish and strength aspects. Powder handling and recycling.
Opportunities for Value Addition:Light Weighting, Part Consolidation and Topology Optimisation. Functional integration.
Week 7: Quality:Process Certification, General Approach to Part Certification, Process Monitoring| Industry Certifications: AS, LR etc. | Challenges in Certification and Prove Out | Repeatability, Reliability and Predictability | Control Measures
Opportunity Identification:Selection of Right Parts | Assessment of Shortlisted Components | Use Cases and Business Cases based on Techno-Commercials | Impact on Sub-systems and Systems
Road Mapping:Challenges in AM Adoption and Change Management Approach |Wipro3D Adoption Approach | Benchmarking Organisational Goals with reference to AM. Value Estimation. Economic characteristics of additive manufacturing. Impact of additive manufacturing on firms’ payoff functions and market microstructure.
Week 8:Manufacturing Architecture and Business Models for Manufacturing: Cloud manufacturing. Cooperative and responsive manufacturing. Data-driven manufacturing and digital factory. Human-centered manufacturing. Introduction to business models. Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS). Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS).

Books and references

  1. Y. Koren, “The Global Manufacturing Revolution”, John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
  2. Richard D’Aveni, “The 3-D Printing Revolution”, Harvard Business Review, May 2015.
  3. John O. Milewski, “Additive Manufacturing Technologies”, Springer, 2017

Instructor bio

Prof. R. K. Amit

IIT Madras
Dr. R K Amit is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras. He completed his undergraduate studies at IIT Kanpur, and his doctoral studies at IISc, Bangalore. His research and teaching interests are game theory and decision theory, and their applications in operations management. His research has been published in top-tier journals like European Journal of Operational Research, Operations Research Letters, International Journal of Production Economics, Omega, and Journal of Cleaner Production. He is currently working on numerous industry-sponsored research projects in the areas of advanced manufacturing, electric mobility, emergency medical services, and airlines revenue management.

Prof. U. Chandrasekhar

Wipro 3D
After his early education in REC-Suratkal and IIT-Madras, he worked as scientist in DRDO for about 28 years with research interests in mechanical analysis, structural integrity evaluation, integrated structural health monitoring and additive manufacturing. His doctoral research and ensuing contributions are in stereolithography based prototyping of aero gas turbine engines. He led 2 national level technology development projects in DRDO. He worked as the Director-ESCI, the Institution of Engineers (India) and also as the visiting professor in the department of mechanical engineering at IIT-Bombay. Currently he is the Program Director Addwize at Wipro3D, Bangalore wherein he is carrying out competency building programs in additive engineering and facilitating enterprise-level adoption of metal AM technologies.

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: 25 September 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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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 Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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

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- NPTEL team

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