Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Computer Integrated Manufacturing



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia


Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica e Industrial



Teacher in charge

Carla Maria Moreira Machado, Jorge Joaquim Pamies Teixeira

Weekly hours


Total hours


Teaching language



Transmit knowledge about the new paradigms of Integrated Product Development and Concurrent Engineering. The course also deals with the enabling technologies to apply those paradigms, namely CAD, CAE, CAM, CAPP and PDM systems. The main output of this course is a project developed by the student along the semester applying and using all the referred to technologies.
- Fundamental principles of Integrated Product Development (IPD)
- Enabling technologies for IPD
- Organization and management of product data (PDM)
- Team organization and management.
- Solution evaluation and selection of the adequate technologies
- Use specialized software to support the case studies of product development
- Team work management
Soft skills
- Team work
- Time management
- Technical writing
- Oral presentations
- Develop critical thinking


Previous frequency of the DAC course is convenient.

Subject matter

The different paradigms for produtct development: Traditional and Concurrent Engineering. Different Strategies dor prooduct development. Technology, Innovation and product performance. Quality, Reliability and Robusteness. Advantages of the Concurrrent Engineering for innovative product development strategies. Modelling Systems: CAD systems. Computer Aided Process Palnning (CAPP): Fundamental principles. Classification and Coding Systems. CAM systems. Product Data Management (PDM): Fundamental principles and operational characteristics. Integration platforms. Product Life Cycle. Product Structuring and Planning. Resource analysis and implementation methodologies.


Class notes from the Professor (Presentations, compilations and articles)
Daniel E. O’Leary, Enterprise Resource Palnning Systems: Systems, Life Cycle; Electronic Commerce and Risk, Cambridge University Press, 2000
Kunwoo Lee, Principles of CAD/CAM/CAE Systems, Addison Wesley, Reading Mass., 1999
M.P Groover e E.W. Zimmers, CAD/CAM Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing, Prentice-Hall, Englewoods Clifs, 1984
C. McMahon and J. Browne, CAD/CAM from Principles to Practice, Addison Wesley, Reading Mass., 1993.

Teaching method

The teaching includes Lectures and Tutorial sessions. In the lectures can be done through presentations or demonstrations, in those cases that involve the different envisaged technologies. Discussion will be motivated involving case studies. In the tutorial classes the students will develop skills in  the use of the differents technological systems, namelly CAD, CAM, PDM and others.

Evaluation method

The evaluation consists in the realization of an integrating project. This project is carried out in teams of 3 students and developed during the semester using the available software. During its realization all the information produced must be stored and managed on the server, and this management will be subject to evaluation. At the end of the semester a report describing the development of the project should be submitted. Students are evaluated individually.
During the semester, two milestones will be evaluated: M1, which refers to team management and product definition (week 4) and M2, which concerns the selection and use of appropriate support methodologies (week 7), which will have a weight of 20% of the final grade.

The final grade will be calculated by: CF = 0,2 M1 + 0,2 M2 + 0,6 PF