Introduction to Materials Bundle

The following six on-demand courses are included in the Introduction to Materials bundle.  Each course is approximately one-hour in duration. See Topics/Outline for additional details.

Introduction to Physical Properties 
This course provides an an overview of manufacturing materials and their physical properties, including thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties and introduces volumetric characteristics, such as mass, weight, and density.

Introduction to Mechanical Properties 
This course provides a thorough introduction to key mechanical properties, such as tensile strength, hardness, ductility, and impact resistance and discusses how shear, compression, and tensile stress impact a material's properties.

Introduction to Metals
This course provides an overview of popular ferrous and nonferrous metals and their properties and introduces the three types of metal crystal structures, how grains develop in metal, the purpose of heat treating, and how these aspects impact a material's characteristics.

Introduction to Plastics
This course provides an overview of plastic and its properties and introduces thermoplastics and thermosets, physical and mechanical properties, polymer structure and arrangement, manufacturing methods, and common additives.

Introduction to Ceramics
This course provides an overview of the general categories of ceramics and their properties and  introduces physical and mechanical properties, atomic structure, and different types of traditional and advanced ceramics, processing and manufacturing methods and end-user applications.

Hardness Testing
This course provides a thorough overview of the most common hardness testing methods, including Rockwell, Brinell, Vickers, Knoop, rebound, and ultrasonic tests, and presents a description of each method, how to choose and perform a test, how to read hardness ratings, and how to prevent common errors.

Courses listed above are available only as part of a TooliingU bundle.  Custom bundles of any five or more ToolingU courses are available upon request as a Corporate Learning Solution.

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Course Information

COURSE LENGTH
6.00 Hours
ACCESS PERIOD
90 Days

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Course Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (other operating systems and mobile platforms are not supported but may work)
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Topics

Introduction to Physical Properties 
Physical properties determine how a material will react to moisture, heat, electricity, and other factors. In order to choose the best tooling or raw material for an application, manufacturers must understand the physical properties of key metals, plastics, and other materials. Intro to Physical Properties provides an overview of manufacturing materials and their physical properties, including thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties. This course also introduces you to volumetric characteristics, such as mass, weight, and density. After taking this course, you will be able to identify and describe key physical properties and their value in a manufacturing setting.

Introduction to Mechanical Properties 
To make quality products, manufacturers must anticipate how a material responds to shaping and cutting forces and understand how that material will ultimately function once it reaches the customer. Evaluating a material's mechanical and physical properties is the first step to choosing reliable tooling and processing methods. Intro to Mechanical Properties provides a thorough introduction to key mechanical properties, such as tensile strength, hardness, ductility, and impact resistance. The course discusses how shear, compression, and tensile stress impact a material's properties, how force is shown on a stress-strain graph, and common methods manufacturers use to test a material's strength. After taking Intro to Mechanical Properties, you will know more about hardness, ductility, and strength, what materials exhibit these characteristics, and common methods a facility might use to test these qualities. 

Introduction to Metals
Steel, aluminum, titanium, and other metals have a wide range of commercial and advanced applications, including structural shapes, machine components, and medical devices. To choose the best material for a project, manufacturers must first understand how different metals respond to heat, pressure, electricity, chemical exposure, and weather. Intro to Metals provides an overview of popular ferrous and nonferrous metals and their properties. This course introduces you to the three types of metal crystal structures, how grains develop in metal, the purpose of heat treating, and how these aspects impact a material's characteristics. Upon completion, you will know how various metals function in different environments, making them better equipped to select materials and tooling.

Introduction to Plastics
Plastic has a wide range of commercial applications, including widespread usage in the aerospace and automotive industries. To choose the best plastic for a product, manufacturers must understand the physical and mechanical properties of a specific type of plastic. This course provides an overview of plastic and its properties. This course introduces you to thermoplastics and thermosets, physical and mechanical properties, polymer structure and arrangement, manufacturing methods, and common additives. Upon completion, you will understand how various plastics function and how they are used in different applications.

Introduction to Ceramics
Ceramics is a growing field in modern manufacturing and continuously provides new substitutes for traditional materials such as metals and plastics. An understanding of different types of ceramics' unique properties is necessary in order to know their appropriate applications. Introduction to Ceramics provides an overview of the general categories of ceramics and their properties. This course introduces physical and mechanical properties, atomic structure, and different types of traditional and advanced ceramics, as well as processing and manufacturing methods and end-user applications. After completing this course, you will understand various ceramic qualities, manufacturing methods, and specific uses.

Hardness Testing
Hardness tests ensure that raw, in-process, and finished materials have the correct mechanical properties. There are many different testing methods depending on the type of material, the work environment, and the desired accuracy of the reading. This course provides a thorough overview of the most common hardness testing methods, including Rockwell, Brinell, Vickers, Knoop, rebound, and ultrasonic tests. It presents a description of each method, along with discussions on how to choose and perform a test, how to read hardness ratings, and how to prevent common errors. This course will prepare new and practicing manufacturers to choose and conduct different hardness tests by introducing them to popular methods used in the industry.