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Engineering Design: A Project Based Introduction 3rd Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470225967
ISBN-10: 0470225963
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470225963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470225967
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Rowley on March 29, 2011
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Very dry, very long, very drawn out. Cluttered explanations followed be exhaustive case studies. Even my professors agree that this book is only good for skimming and getting ideas from, not as a detailed reference.
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This book is the format for my capstone design class. We had three assignments based on some design documents the text suggested. These were alright, but not overly helpful in guiding nor progressing our design. The other chapters, like the one on group management, were more helpful. Design is a difficult process to generalize or outline. The author does a good job with that part of it. I didn't care as much for the 'emotional' side of things, not because the information was false or unhelpful, but because the ideas are difficult to convey to engineers. Overall, this text guides the design process well.
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This book is very handy for my Engineering Innovation class! This book provides very useful information for not only engineering design, but also for other things too. For example, one chapter provides very helpful information about presenting designs in both oral and written forms, which is really nice. The book is very detailed and has an easy-to-understand format which makes taking notes and applying them to class discussion, projects, etc. so much easier! I think this book would be helpful for anyone in Engineering, and not just the people taking the class. It was so nice to get it for the price I did too. At my school's book store it would have cost a fortune! It is in almost brand new condition and doesn't have any marks. (yeaa for books in good condition!)
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I have been teaching mechanical engineering design subjects at Universities for almost 16 years now (as a lecturer / professor).

Overall assessment: Very dry, dull, boring and long-winded (too wordy, too verbose). The book does not even emphasize the importance of understanding components and how they can be connected together into systems or circuits or schematic diagrams! Reading this book will either (A) Put you to sleep very quickly; (B) Kill all your initial enthusiasm for wanting to be an engineer, let alone a designer - because it presents design as being like a rigid procedure of completing certain steps; (C) Teach you very little about what real design engineers do; or (D) show you how to waste huge amounts of valulable time before actually starting any serious design work. Check out the uspto.gov "US Patents and Trademarks" database website (today), search for any inventions or patented products created by the lead author, Clive L. Dym, and I am sure you will find none listed (from 1976 until now). This textbook was used by students at my University for over 4 years. Most have not even bothered to read it, and many have complained about how boring and dull it is to read. I have read the entire book myself, and I totally agree. It really is hard to keep your eyes open and stay motivated, while reading this book, because it is written in a very lifeless and uninspiring style - not much more interesting than reading a phone book or an encyclopaedia describing hundreds of pages of tax laws and policies. It does cover some basic definitions to help designers gather some important information before starting a design project (like identifying the main problems and defining objectives, functions, constraints, requirements, etc.
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the language is obscure and hard to understand.
dont waste your money unless this is a required textbook listed by your prof
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By ald on December 25, 2012
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Book was required as a supplement book for senior design class at my college. Mechanical engineering major. Talks about the design process, ethics, presentation habits, business letter guidelines, CAD drawing tolerances and those type of things. Very good I guess. Note, It's not an actual mechanical engineering design book, its more about the business and ethics aspect of it.
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The book had no missing pages. It was clean and came quickly. Fast shipping, even though using Standard Shipping (well for me). It helped me understand the concepts and steps in designing and fabricating certain parts on a vehicle and other mechanics.
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I can't speak too much about what's inside the book, but the way it came in was great! I believe it was on time and it was definitely in great condition!
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