Manufacturing Processes: An Overview

Manufacturing refers to the processes of converting the raw materials into useful products. This is normally accomplished by carrying out a set of activities such as product design, selection of raw material, and materials processing (Kalpakjian and Schmid 2001). There exist a large number of conventional manufacturing processes which are used for the manufacturing of common products. However, the manufacturing engineering is a dynamic field marked with continuous advancement in the traditional approaches and the incorporation of novel approaches for manufacturing advanced products. Not all manufacturing processes can produce a product with equal ease, quality, and economy. Each manufacturing process is generally characterized by some advantages and limitation over the other processes. On the same lines, manufacturing using lasers may offer extraordinary benefits in some cases or may be a total failure in others. In order to keep the manufacturing of materials using lasers in the correct context, this chapter intends to give a brief overview of the various manufacturing processes.


Sheet Metal Material Removal Laser Welding Laser Cladding Selective Laser Sinter 
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