Module 3: The Manufacturing Process – Lesson 5: Production Materials

This lesson focuses on the materials used in various production processes.  Student should be familiar with the types of production materials and the properties of these different materials. (Slides 41-56; pgs. 196-220 in text)

Production Material – Any material used to make another material or product:


  1. Raw
  2. Synthetic
  3. Recycled

Properties of Materials

  1. Strength – how well material withstands force/stress
  2. Electrical Conductivity & Resistance – how well material conducts or resists electricity
  3. Appearance – how does it look
  4. Brittleness – how easily material cracks or breaks
  5. Hardness – how well material withstands penetration
  6. Ductility – how much material can be stretched before breaking
  7. Malleability – how easily material can be formed/shaped
  8. Elasticity – how easily material returns to original shape
  9. Corrosion Resistance – how well material withstands environment
  10. Thermal Conductivity & Resistance – how well material conducts or resists heat
  11. Melting Point – temperature at which the material melts
  12. Flammability – temperature at which the material ignites

Properties Videos

Malleability and Ductility –

Elasticity –

Ductile vs Brittleness –

Hardness –

Thermal conductivity –

Melting point –

Properties of Materials Quizlet

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