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Graphics and Packaging Production

Mr Rob Thompson


Brilliantly describes more than 35 manufacturing processes, from the traditional and long-established to cutting-edge technologies


Whether professionals or students, designers must be fully informed about how their designs can be produced efficiently and effectively. Essential and enjoyable, this is the reference to designing graphics and packaging for mass production.

With over 400 specially commissioned photographs and technical illustrations, it describes more than 35 manufacturing processes, from the traditional and established to emerging technologies.

Clear and highly detailed, the book is organized into three easily referenced parts:

• forming and construction

• graphics production

• finishing techniques

An explanation of each manufacturing process provides a full technical description; analysis of typical applications and the design opportunities it offers; and information on cost, speed and environmental impact.

Each process is accompanied by detailed step-by-step case studies that show a product or component being manufactured by a leading international supplier. Photographs of geometry, detail, colour and surface finish complete all the practical information designers will need.

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Book Details

Format: Flexibound with flaps

Size: 23.0 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 448

Publication date: 30 January 2012

ISBN: 9780500289884

Contents List

How to use this book; Introduction; Part One, Forming and Construction: Paper Pulp Molding; EPS Molding; Machine Glassblowing; Blow Molding; Metal Press Forming; Metal Joining; Injection Molding; Vacuum Forming; Blown Film Extrusion; Plastic Welding; Wood Joining; Machine Stitching; Die Cutting; Part Two, Graphics Production: Engraving; Photo Etching; Abrasive Blasting; Water Jet Cutting; Laser Cutting; Vinyl Cutting; Letterpress; Screen Printing; Offset Lithography; Flexography; Rotogravure; Digital Printing; Risography; Dye Sublimation Printing; Decal Printing; Pad Printing; Hydro Transfer Printing; Part Three, Finishing Techniques: Fill, Cap and Label; Vacuum Metalizing; Flocking; Embossing and Debossing; Foil Blocking; Varnishing and Laminating; Binding.

About the Author

Rob Thompson is an award-winning designer and the author of Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals.

Martin Thompson has received D&AD, Campaign Press, One Show and British Lion awards for his advertising photography.

List of Contributors

Martin Thompson

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