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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (7 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289198
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 0.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By designcherry.co.uk on 10 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Following on from the success of his 2007 book, Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals, Thompson has refined and enhanced the manufacturing information and case studies to produce a more accessible read, specifically for product and furniture designers. The former book - a large hardback - has a somewhat encyclopaedic and weighty feel to it, which provides plenty of information with real authority, but somehow lacks the immediacy and casual-flick-through-for-idea-ness of the latter. The chapters are presented with a somehow improved clarity. For example, the smaller page size and square proportion seems to make the images feel bigger. Also, key criteria relating to visual quality, speed, tooling cost, unit cost, and environment, are presented alongside each process within an "essential information" diagram. This is a great quick tool for assessing the appropriateness of a particular process for your application. With both books it's great to see plenty of case studies with iconic designs that we know and love.
The book's only downside is the lack of information on material properties, which has been abandoned for this stripped down format. But it's still highly content rich, in a format that will transport easily between home-bus-studio-workshop-etc. At under a tenner on Amazon at the moment, it's also considerably cheaper to buy than the earlier book.
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Ordered book for my brother studying a levels, same as the one in school - perfect! Explains manufacturing process in plain English, easy to follow and understand.
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Very easy understand but perhaps a little too simplistic. Illustrations of production methods are good.
Shipped quickly and arrived in good condition
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Collings on 9 Jan. 2012
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a great reference guide - its the smaller brother of the larger manufacturing processes book but still a useful smaller guide.
should be on any designers shelf if you ask me
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
great book, but meant for those looking for mass production mfg procedures 13 Sept. 2011
By brandon - Published on Amazon.com
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like my title suggests, this book is very informative for those who do not know how the various processes used in current product & furniture manufacturing...which is GOOD, yes, but I thought the book might contain some information on producing low-number runs or prototypes...but of course, that is my fault I suppose. Some of the CNC techniques towards the end of the book can be applied to low # runs though.

If you are current and working in the field, this book will be a redundancy as you will most likely be familiar with most if not all of the processes, but can still serve a useful place on your bookshelf.

The book is well laid out, informative while remaining concise...good use of pictures too.

Buy this book:

a) if you are new to the field and/or want a good guidebook to current manufacturing techniques

or

b) if you are well versed, you can use this information to present to clients so they have a better understanding of costs vs. impacts of the different techniques involved

hope this helps.
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Only if you don't have the "Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals" 13 Mar. 2013
By Maria do Carmo Torri Dischinger - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I already have "Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals", this book doesn't go much further. If you don't want to spend so much money with the big one, buy the little one. It's fine.
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