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Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, 5th Edition [Hardcover]

by Neil Sclater
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Book Description

July 22, 2011 0071704426 978-0071704427 5

THOUSANDS OF DRAWINGS AND DESCRIPTIONS COVER INNOVATIONS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Fully revised throughout, this abundantly illustrated reference describes proven mechanisms and mechanical devices. Each illustration represents a design concept that can easily be recycled for use in new or modified mechanical, electromechanical, or mechatronic products. Tutorials on the basics of mechanisms and motion control systems introduce you to those subjects or act as a refresher.

Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, Fifth Edition, contains new chapters on mechanisms for converting renewable energy into electrical power, 3D digital prototyping and simulation, and progress in MEMS and nanotechnology based on carbon nanotubes. A new chapter on stationary and mobile robots describes their roles in industry, science, national defense, and medicine. The latest advances in rapid prototyping are also discussed. This practical guide will get you up to speed on many classical mechanical devices as well as the hot new topics in mechanical engineering.

COMPREHENSIVE INDEX MAKES IT EASY TO FIND SUBJECTS OF INTEREST

GLOSSARIES OF TERMS ON: CAMS, GEARS, MECHANICS, MOTION CONTROL, ROBOTICS, WIND TURBINES, PUMPS, AND 3D DIGITAL PROTOTYPING AND SIMULATION

COVERAGE OF MOBILE ROBOTS THAT EXPLORE MARS, PERFORM MILITARY DUTIES AND PUBLIC SERVICE, HANDLE AUTOMATED DELIVERY, CONDUCT SURVEILLANCE FROM THE AIR, AND SEARCH UNDER THE SEA

DETAILS ON THE MECHANISMS IN RENEWABLE-ENERGY AND WIND-TURBINE AND SOLAR-THERMAL FARMS AND WAVE-MOTION POWER PLANTS

Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, Fifth Edition, covers:
Basics of mechanisms * Motion control systems * New stationary and mobile robots * New mechanisms for renewable power generation * Drives and mechanisms with linkages, gears, cams, genevas, and ratchets * Clutches and brakes * Latching, fastening, and clamping devices and mechanisms * Chains, belts, springs, and screws * Shaft couplings and connections * Motion-specific devices * Packaging, conveying, handling, and safety mechanisms and machines * Torque, speed, tension, and limit control systems * Instruments and controls: pneumatic, hydraulic, electric, and electronic * New 3D digital prototyping and simulation techniques * New rapid prototyping methods * New directions in mechanical engineering


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About the Author

Neil Sclater switched his career from engineering in the military/aerospace industry to writing and editing in the field of electromechanical and electronic technology. After years as a staff editor for engineering magazines, he set up his own consulting firm in technical communications. Mr. Sclater contributed hundreds of articles to various engineering publications. He has authored or co-authored 11 McGraw-Hill Professional books, including two earlier editions of this book.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 5 edition (July 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071704426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071704427
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice NERD book September 27, 2011
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This is a book that will sit around, and be opened a number of times, as you look for new ideas for MAKE projects. Lots of drawings, that are fairly easy to understand, as well as a number of drawings covering how some items are manufactured. I put it right up there with my "How Things Work" books
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mechanical foundations for the future March 8, 2012
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Mr. Sclater has combined his vast experience in engineering and writing talents to produce a current anthology of mechanical basics with up to date applications. The size of this edition of Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices sourcebook (5th) is dwarfed by the scope of the technical content within. He has captured the visuals of most existing devices coupled with unparalleled verbal descriptions. The heart of this tome is Neil's explanatory text which can help and encourage beginning students of design and additionally, speed up implementation for experienced designers/inventors looking for related mechanisms to implement their creations.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource May 28, 2012
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As a Kinetic Sculptor, I've been using versions of this book for the past 20 years or so. It's great as a starting point for brainstorming new ideas or solving problems when developing mechanical inventions and designs. Worth every penny!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Volume February 22, 2013
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I am embarking on a career as a product developer. This book has been quite helpful to me.

I often need to check on "previous art" for patent development. Although the USPTO has an extensive collection of older patents, many of the drawings are of relatively poor quality. Many of the images in this book are of much higher quality than those available via Google patent website or the USPTO website.

The section on 3D printing technology is very detailed.

Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great August 24, 2013
By Al
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great learning tools to have at work. when you are developing new proto types these kind of books really help the process of putting the machines into a working concept in your head and that makes it way easier to put it down on the design software. gives you a better sense of direction. not always but still great learning tools
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice reference for ME student, home tinkerer January 9, 2013
By JoeSes
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This was purchased form my ME student son, but I've had a few peeks to
get ideas for my home workshop projects as well
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