Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Urbanic, Ruth (Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering)


Engineering, Industrial.



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This research proposes a methodology for hybrid design and manufacturing -- connecting processes, and silos of information, in a shared system that maximizes the strengths of each process. Additive and subtractive processes (i.e. fused deposition modeling and CNC machining) are focused on in this research. The foundation for the hybrid methodology is a teleological system, which defines a context for interrelationships whereby impact and value can be understood and assessed. Decision making is organized in the analytic hierarchy process, harnessing knowledge of the aforementioned processes to effectively manage complexity in modules and efficiently design and manufacture a part with the most value. An adaptation of a product complexity assessment is proposed and used to validate the proposed AHP model along with a sensitivity analysis. The hybrid design and manufacturing methodology is tested in application through case study (i.e. casting pattern of a complex V6 engine section).