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Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals - Rob Thompson

Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals

Hardcover Published: 17th September 2007
ISBN: 9780500513750
Number Of Pages: 528

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An encyclopaedic guide to production techniques and materials for product and industrial designers, engineers, and architects.

Today's product designers are presented with a myriad of choices when creating their work and preparing it for manufacture. They have to be knowledgeable about a vast repertoire of processes, ranging from what used to be known as traditional "crafts" to the latest technology, to enable their designs to be manufactured effectively and efficiently. Information on the internet about such processes is often unreliable, and search engines do not usefully organize material for designers.

This fundamental new resource 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 each process offers; and information on cost, speed, and environmental impact. The accompanying step-by-step case studies look at a product or component being manufactured at a leading international supplier.

A directory of more than fifty materials includes a detailed technical profile, images of typical applications and finishes, and an overview of each material's design characteristics. With some 1,200 color photographs and technical illustrations, specially commissioned for this book, this is the definitive reference for product designers, 3D designers, engineers, and architects who need a convenient, highly accessible, and practical reference.

About the Author

Rob Thompson is an internationally recognized expert on materials for design. He has helped develop a range of products for global clients, including LG Electronics, Panasonic and Nokia, where he was formerly Principal Designer. He has taught at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins, London.

Industry Reviews

'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

Forming Technology
Plastics and Rubber
Glass and Ceramics
Layered Manufacturing
Cutting Technology
Joining Technology
Finishing Technology
Additive Processes
Subtractive Processes
Wood and natural fibres
Ceramics and Glass
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780500513750
ISBN-10: 0500513759
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 17th September 2007
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.58 x 22.23  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 2.8
Edition Number: 1

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