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Precision Engineering

This module aims to instil determinism as a precision engineering philosophy and provide awareness and understanding of the principles and state of the art concepts employed in 'high end' ultra precision manufacturing industries.




Paul Morantz

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30 hours lectures, 70 independent learning time including written assignment. 


Coursework worth 15 credits



On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate ultra precision engineering issues in a deterministic and logical manner.
  • Demonstrate fundamental understanding and critical awareness that random results are a consequence of random procedures.
  • Critically review, assess and evaluate the design of precision machines and motion systems based on their adherence to established principles of precision engineering.
  • Articulate a critical awareness that the main enemy of precision and ultra precision motion is uncontrolled or “stray” energy.
  • Demonstrate conceptual thinking to critically evaluate how stray energy influences the response of precision engineering systems.


This module will introduce determinism as a manufacturing philosophy. introduce the principles applied to precision engineering systems, including:

Kinematics, Structures, Slideways, Spindles, bearings, measuring systems, actuators, advanced CNC systems, dynamic performance analysis, machine calibration, geometric error budgeting.

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