Overall, I really enjoyed the class. My favorite lectures were definitely the ones from Stroud about the case studies of manufacturing processes. I thought that many of the lectures still blew through the material content, so I think covering less topics in more depth would be useful. Particularly processes which many of us don't have much physical intuition about such as some of the welding processes, micromachining, and casting. Additionally, I think some of the lectures in micromachining had too much content, and should be split up into more lectures. Lastly, I think having more resources that we could use to produce some of the deliverables would be useful. Often times, our team had to find additional resources or email the TAs. However, this problem will likely be solve by the team blogs in the future. One last note about the grading, I think the project should be a larger portion of the grade. A lot of practical experience is gained through the project, and I think it should be a greater percentage of our grade.
I found the process of conception to manufacturing of a product, in our case a yoyo, a very valuable and rewarding experience. Many other programs do not get a chance to do this but it was a great experience to see how we can design something with manufacturing in mind, learn how to design molds for our parts, run all of the machines to make our parts, and then assemble our finished products. I found the material very interesting but if anything not as in depth as I would of liked. The class seemed like it covered a ton of material but skimmed over some processes just for the reason of not having time, and at sometimes I feel like more of a focus may have been useful. I would like to see assembly lines or collective integration of manufacturing processes addressed more in depth in the future. We learn about lots of processes but I think an additional lecture talking about how they all can be integrated in forming an optimized assembly line for example would be helpful. I thought machine vision could have been covered less in depth, maybe even for just half a lecture. Overall I liked the course because of the broad introduction to a variety of important manufacturing concepts and this class has made me realize that I want to take manufacturing classes in the future.