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Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals [Hardcover]

Rob Thompson
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15 Oct 2007
There is absolutely no precedent for this book, the only encyclopaedic guide to manufacturing processes that explores established, new, emerging and innovative production techniques that have, or will have, an important impact on the design industry. With over 1,200 photographs and technical illustrations, it is the definitive reference for 3D designers, product designers, architects and engineers who need a convenient, highly accessible and practical reference that will enable them to make fast and efficient decision-making in design projects.

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (15 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513750
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 22.6 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Clearly laid out... works well as a textbook and as a reference volume... fun and a joy to read'
-- Made

'Sumptuously illustrated... a wonderful book'
-- The Architectural Review

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


'Sumptuously illustrated... a wonderful book'

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is a long overdue book, in that it is the only one that covers virtually all modern manufacturing techniques in a simple to understand manner, yet with enough depth to make it meaningful to professionals. It is the perfect companion to all professional designers and engineers faced with the daily dillema - how do I make that? There are plenty of books and resources for materials but none I can think of that cover the full gamut of manufacturing technology. This should be essential reading for all involved in design and manufacturing. It will also serve as a fantastic resource for educators and students at all levels.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for your library! 17 Jan 2008
There is one bad thing about this book: You realise after you've bought it that you've most likely wasted hundreds of pounds on other books which only cover specific materials. This book is the most unreal bargain, and when you get it in your hands, the shear size and volume of the book makes you realise that instantly.

A recent graduate of Product Design and an entry-level professional, I find this book simply the best I've come across; it's more detailed and technical than ANY of Chris Lefteri's famous material books, but it's more informative/illustrative than Materials and Processes by Ashby. It's the perfect blend of fantastic information and process walk-through using amazing case studies accompanied by detailed photography.

As it says on the tin; ... for design professionals. Thoroughly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book 21 Nov 2007
As a product designer, it is not always clear what route of manufacture is the most suitable or economical. This book is an excellent reference to the diverse manufacturing opportunities available to an engineers palette.

Professionals and Higher Education students will benefit from the detailed illustrated processes and case studies in fields as varied as consumer electronics to the furniture market. All of which have clear explanations on process, application, suitability and cost. The book is split into four sections; forming, cutting, joining and finishing for easy reference.

I'm sure that I will refer to this book on many occasions to inspire and direct in the future. An excellent buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great book and a must for all product design students and professionals. Painstaking effort to research this book. It is as if the authour has been around the country to every factory that makes something and has detailed processes with words and great photos.
This is certainly a step up from those reworked line drawing books of outdated processes that i had as a student. Not overly 'techy', just great explanations and wonderfull photos of actual factories doing stuff. Some graet products are detailed as well. The book even starts with how the book was manufactured - nice touch. Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book does have a lot of information, and it explains a fair bit about different processes in a clear manner, although paragraphs, colour and layout are not used as well as they could be.

It is not the encyclopaedic reference book which some people claim it is. It is a huge book but that's not the same thing. Given its size and weight I expected more detail. A lot of the book is made up of pictures, many of which don't really add anything useful. Many do of course.

What this book does is give a very good overview of many processes. The point is that it is only an overview. Much of the detail you need to know as a professional is left out. As a professional, this book may teach you less than you would expect. I look forward to the extended, reduced-size version.

NB: I have focused on the negatives because the positives are well covered in other reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 15 mins 24 Oct 2008
rob thompson's book forges a bridge between concept and reality. what we envisage versus what is possible often finds impasse. what rob has done is join theory with practicality ie the merger of manifest and cognitive. if you are interested or inclinerd toward manufacturing process you must buy this book....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be on every product design reading list 10 Aug 2011
I'm guessing that about 99% of any initial inquiries you have about manufacturing processes could be found in this book. This is an excellent resource, packed with clearly illustrated diagrams and some detailed photographs, which show the manufacture of numerous, case study products. The book is clearly presented, structured around five main sections; manufacturing technologies relating to forming, cutting, joining and finishing, and material properties and applications. Simply flicking through this book is a great way of generating ideas and finding inspiration. It also provides some immediate direction in relation to material constraints and process considerations when developing your own ideas.
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An excellent book, with a huge number of manufacturing processes. Being used for A Level/GCE teaching and as reference for school within department; excellent photographs of each process, simple technical illustrations/diagrams, products within each process focussed upon to show the process....very usable. Highly recommended and I did stumble across this...Glad I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best book on this topic
I think that this book is a must have for any designer, it is so complete and exhaustive! It seems quite expensive but if you consider the number of pages, the format and the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alessandro Boni
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Such a useful, easy to read, well produced book which, as well as being very informative, is beautiful to look at.
Published 10 months ago by min
5.0 out of 5 stars informative!
There is a lot of helpful info for aspiring product designers or designers in general. Good a4 size THICK book with hardcover too!
Published 12 months ago by Tracy Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars .Superb
I bought this for my nephew who is a recent Industrial Product Design graduate and in his opinion it's incomparable.
Published 13 months ago by Jay1
4.0 out of 5 stars A very large book
To say this book contains a lot of information would be an understatement. I would primarily consider this as a reference book rather than a book to read cover to cover. Read more
Published 18 months ago by GL1973
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Brilliant book. Being a student on a Product design course, I required something that told me about materials and manufacturing processes that the tutors just expect you to know. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Razza123
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
I would say that this is excellent book. I learned to many things about manufacturing processes. To not hesitate for this book
Published 19 months ago by beni
5.0 out of 5 stars a dream come true book
I am a product designer and this book did bring tears to my eyes, no kidding, i just felt like i could have done with such a book years ago ! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lilit
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
There is a wealth of knowledge in this book.

It is structured brilliantly, and gives you all the information you need about manufacturing processes with supporting case... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Angelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best manufacturing book for designers yet
This book is amazing. Excellent layout, comprehensible texts and plenty of examples. Definitely a must have for any designer / engineer / do-it-yourselfer!
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