Course detail

Unconventional Machine Tools

FSI-GN0Acad. year: 2017/2018

The aim of the course "Unconventional Machine Tools" is to make students familiar with basic description, characteristics, technological determination, constructional implementation, basic technical details, and unconventional machine tools accessories.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Nowadays, knowledge and skills acquired within the course are necessary for understanding of physical principles of so-called unconventional manufacturing technologies that differ from traditional technologies well-established in an engineering manufacture, i.e. chippy machining, dimensional (3-D) and plane (2-D) forming, welding, brazing and bonding, as well as the technical means of "fast prototyping".


Basic knowledge of conventional production technologies.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

J. Barcal: Nekonvenční metody obrábění
Knoflíček, R.: Nekonvenční obráběcí stroje, studijní opora, FSI VUT v Brně, 2004 - viz také
M. Wigner, Z. Přikryl: Obrábění
K. Miller: Water Jet Cutting

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. According to the possibility of teaching can be organized lectures for students by practitioners and excursions to companies focused on activities related to the course content.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The examination has a written and an oral part. The examination tests the student’s knowledge and his/her ability of practical application.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The student is made familiar with unconventional technologies, methods and machines, including equipment, such as electrospark erosion machining, electron beam cutting, electrolytic grinding, electrochemical machining, ultrasonic machining, water jet cutting, laser beam machining, plasma beam machining. They are teaching of new methods as stereolitography too.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

There are only lectures – the lessons take the form of lectures and it is very helpful to attend them because it is useful for passing the examination

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-VSR , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective (voluntary)

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Division of unconventional technologies
2. Division of unconventional machines
3. Electroerosive machining
4. Electron beam machining
5. Electrolytic grinding
6. Electrochemical machining
7. Ultrasonic machining
8. Water jet cutting (machining)
9. Laser beam machining
10. Plasma (ionic) beam machining
11. Stereolitography
12. Sample of types unconventional machines
13. Technical data and characteristics of unconventional machines