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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (15 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513750
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 0.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,923 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'
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'Sumptuously illustrated... a wonderful book'
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The definitive reference for 3D designers, product designers, architects and engineers'
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Quigley on 5 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 By George L. Stafford on 17 Jan 2008
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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 By Mr. R. DREW on 21 Nov 2007
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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 By Gary S. Fenton on 20 Feb 2008
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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 By DangerMouse on 31 Aug 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hariri on 24 Oct 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By designcherry.co.uk on 10 Aug 2011
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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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