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Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals 0th Edition
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I'd consider this book an encyclopedia of virtually every kind of manufacturing technique out there. And the author explains things quite eloquently, in a concise and consistent manner. Thousands of diagrams and full-color photographs aid the explanations. Quick, at-a-glance facts about the different techniques tell you their costs and suitability for various situations. Perhaps most importantly, tons of case studies are scattered throughout which put real-world examples to the topics.
I was a little skeptical after reading other reviews mentioning this book is only good for furniture design. That's not true. While certain manufacturing techniques are covered that may be mostly suitable for furniture design versus other, engineered parts, this book covers manufacturing techniques for engineers like casting, forming, and molding.
To be honest I'm surprised such a high-quality book sells for only $50, considering I've easily paid twice that for books in college that weren't nearly as informative or helpful. I'm just sad I didn't find and buy this book months ago when I was struggling to research this information online (and trust me I never found a web site or web sites that compare to this book).
Gripes: The index is terrible. I have probably not seen a worse index in a technical resource in I don't know, ever! For example, if you want to look up Vacuum Forming it is not listed under Vacuum. You must First look up thermoforming before you find it. What if you don't know this? Pressure Forming is also not listed, nor are MANY other processes.
Want to get material information about ABS? Look up ABS in the index and it won't give you anything. You have to look under styrene, and then it gives you 1 sentence on all of the 6 different types of styrenes that are out there. Terrible resource for materials. Want to learn about something called Bendy wood? Sure, you will never EVER encounter it in design, but there is a bunch of info on it. Thrilling.
This is an excellent book because:
It is well-organized. You can use it as a reference, or read it like a novel. There are two main sections: processes and materials. Processes is further broken into Forming, Cutting, Joining, and Finishing functions.
It is modern- it was first published in 2007.
Each processes illustrated has a table with bullet lists with the important information about the process. (on the "Blow Molding" process, it shows "Costs, typical applications, suitability, quality, related processes, and speed".
Each process has drawing illustrating the process and a case study.
Really, this is a great book, for anyone in the product development industry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE THIS BOOK! Its like a manufacturing Bible! As an Industrial Designer, this book is a MUST havePublished 3 months ago by Caylynn M Adams
Book had a large dent in it. Otherwise it was what I was looking for.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really like this book. It gives you a quick overview of all the manufacturing techniques available.Published 7 months ago by Evgueni G
This is a really cool book and provides excellent pictures of manufacturing processes and materials. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JennyMac