Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals Reprint Edition
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- Publisher : Thames & Hudson; Reprint edition (November 30, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0500513759
- ISBN-13 : 978-0500513750
- Item Weight : 5.78 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.9 x 1.9 x 11.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #70,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Could the book be improved - of course, It was written in 2007. If/when Rob Thompson creates an updated edition, I will be among the first to purchase it. The biggest shock factor was the price. With my Amazon Prime membership, I bought this book for $62 making it a no-brainer purchase decision. Enjoy.
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.
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High gloss paper, thousands of photographs, enough processes to populate an encyclopedia - which is really what this book is - and a heck of a lot of book design with boxed off coloured areas for technical descriptions and icons telling you the functions each process performs.
- The manufacturing processes are actually treated rather superficially with coverage dominated by photographs. You could get similar depth of text from Wickipedia. You could get video of processes off Youtube. I am sure that the sellers of manufacturing equipment detail case studies for many/most of the processes.
- The book is divided into essentially independent sections, one for each manufacturing process but there is little or no organizational material at a higher level. For example, if you know you want to mould a part in plastic then the book offers 17 possible processes, each described in its own section but there is no section with a title like 'molding in plastic' to guide you to a choice between the possibilities or to understand in depth the trade-offs.
I feel a bit mean focussing on the drawbacks of a book I genuinely like. If it had only been called "Manufacturing Processes for the Design Professionals' Coffee Table", I could have given it five stars.