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Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals

Rob Thompson


A truly comprehensive and authoritative source-book on the methods and techniques of manufacturing. A must for students, tutors and professionals involved in designing and making

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Today’s product designers are presented with a huge number of choices when creating their work and preparing it for manufacture.

With some 1,200 specially commissioned photographs and technical illustrations, this is the definitive, clearly organized reference for product designers, 3D designers, engineers and architects who need highly accessible and practical information.

The book explores innovative production techniques and materials that are having an impact on the design industry worldwide. Organized into four easily referenced parts –

Forming, Cutting, Joining and Finishing – over seventy manufacturing processes are explained in depth with

• full technical descriptions

• analyses of the typical applications

• design opportunities and considerations for each process

• information on cost, speed and environmental impact Step-by-step case studies look at a real-life products or components being manufactured.

The directory of more than fifty materials includes

• detailed technical profiles

• images of typical applications and finishes

• an overview of each material’s design characteristics

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'The definitive reference for 3D designers, product designers, architects and engineers'
New Design

'Does exactly what the title implies in an easy user-friendly manner . . . very useful and informative to designers and architects, whether students more experienced practitioners, as well as to anyone interested in the wider aesthetic and ethical issues of contemporary living '
The Art Book

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.5 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 528 pp

Publication date: 15 October 2007

ISBN: 9780500513750

Contents List

How to use this book * Introduction Part One - Forming Technology Plastics and Rubber * Metal * Glass and Ceramics * Wood * Composites * Layered Manufacturing Part Two - Cutting Technology Chemical * Thermal * Mechanical Part Three - Joining Technology Thermal * Mechanical Part Four - Finishing Technology Additive Processes * Subtractive Processes * Printing Part Five - Materials Plastics * metals * Wood and Natural Fibres * Ceramics and Glass Directory Glossary and Abbreviations * Featured Companies * Organizations and other sources of information * Further Reading * Illustration Credits * Acknowledgments * Index

About the Author

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