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The Mechanical Design Process Hardcover – July 22, 2002

ISBN-13: 063-9785500384 ISBN-10: 0072373385 Edition: 3rd
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David G. Ullman is an active product designer who has taught, researched, and written about design for over thirty years. He is president of Robust Decisions, Inc., a supplier of software products and training for product development and decision support. He is Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Design at Oregon State University. He has professionally designed fluid/thermal, control, and transportation systems. He has published over twenty papers focused on understanding the mechanical product design process and the development of tools to support it. He is founder of the American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME)-Design Theory and Methodology Committee and is a Fellow in the ASME. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: McGraw-Hill Mechanical Engineering
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 3 edition (July 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072373385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072373387
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Williams on September 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Ullman provides an easy to understand text on an extremely detailed subject matter. I used it in a sophomore design class to get an overview of the mechanical design process and will use it again for senior capstone design. The text starts off using techniques/tools we're already familiar with and segways into more detailed and specific methods of concept development. The bicycle example does a great job of showing a designer's thought process and is a good inclusion to the book. Also, it helps that Ullman knows how to get to the point.

However, some of the charts are difficult to grasp, and the material on cost and marketing are a bit dull. Although, that's probably due to the subject and not the author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Palioca on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This text has fast become a favorite at our company; reminding our engineers of some of the key fundamentals of the machine design process. As designers of advanced machine design software technologies, Dr. Ullman's book has inspired the team resulting in valuable brainstorm sessions and innovations. All have found this text to be a great and engergizing read.

I highly recommend this text and am glad that my son will have the opportunity of using it in his mechanical engineering studies at college.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John T. Tester on July 21, 2008
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A nice overview of the engineering design process. What is really nice is that the author includes a few examples per chapter--many design texts do not take this extra step.

One really good aspect of the text is that the topics flow well for a Capstone Design class. Even QFD is explained in detail without getting too bogged down with the different uses it could have. Though, the author did not explain exactly *how* to use QFD in the design process, there was plenty of detail for a good introduction.

It would be helpful to have problem assignments, to make the text more like a classroom text. But again, most design texts have difficulty taking this approach.

The irony with my review: I was a grad student when Ullman's 1st and 2nd editions were out, and I saw many omissions I would have liked to have filled (particularly on DFM and QFD). Now, as the capstone design professor at a small university, I see how difficult it can be to lay out a textbook on this topic (because I have tried!). The author did a fine job of it.
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First of all Amazon delivered the book several dasy in anticipatio!!! Excelent. Also, as always, book was properly packed for a long trip - I received it in perfect conditions.
Regardin the contents of the book I can say it is pleasure to find a so clear approach to the challenging mission to conduct mechanical design to a "gran finale". All the points are addressed in a professional an clear way, clearing all doubts that can raise during the Mechanical Design Process.
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By Jarred on February 7, 2013
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The book was very helpful in researching the ins and outs of the design process. Even if this is not required for school, I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about design!
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This is a great explanation of how the design process SHOULD work. The book is excellent. The new version is expanded and updated and worth checking out if you can afford it.
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By BillBob103 on February 19, 2014
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This book uses excellent approaches to reinforce the design process. Chapter 1 should be review for most people. The book is an engineer's must have. Great book great material.
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