Product Design and Manufacturing

By Prof. J. Ramkumar, Prof. Amandeep Singh   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 6287   |  Exam registration: 3268
Innovation, better management, throughput improvements, and expansion of new technologies have led Product Design and Manufacturing as a compelling field for the students. Managing the product development process, right from idea generation to final product manufacturing has to be systematic and effective to meet the customer needs, while incorporating the time-to-market constraint as well. This course presents an overview of the product design and development process, along with the manufacturing systems aspects. The concepts Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, and Environment, and analytical tools for development, costing and manufacturing would help the students and practitioners learn to conceptualize, design, and manufacture competitively-priced quality products. Reverse Engineering, Prototyping and Simulation using soft tools are also incorporated make the students learn the advanced methods in manufacturing.

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 : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Product Design
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 22 Jan 2024
End Date : 12 Apr 2024
Enrollment Ends : 05 Feb 2024
Exam Registration Ends : 16 Feb 2024
Exam Date : 20 Apr 2024 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 Product Design and Manufacturing
Week 2  Product Design Morphology
Week 3  : Visual Design, and Quality Function Deployment (QFD)
Week 4  : Value Engineering
Week 5  : Material, and Manufacturing process selection
Week 6  : Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, and Maintenance
Week 7  : Design for Environment, and Quality Control
Week 8  Patenting, and Creativity
Week 9  Rapid Prototyping
Week 10  Plant Layout Design
Week 11  Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Week 12  Reverse Engineering, and Managing Competitiveness

Books and references

  • Eppinger, S. and Ulrich, K., 2015. Product design and development. McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Magrab, E.B., Gupta, S.K., McCluskey, F.P. and Sandborn, P., 2009. Integrated product and process design and development: the product realization process. CRC Press. 
  • Boothroyd, G., 1994. Product design for manufacture and assembly. Computer-Aided Design, 26(7), pp505-520.

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: 
20 April 2024 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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