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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; 4 edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0071267964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071267960
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David G. Ullman is an active product designer who has taught, researched, and written about design for over thirty years. He is president of Robust Decisions, Inc., a supplier of software products and training for product development and decision support. He is Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Design at Oregon State University. He has professionally designed fluid/thermal, control, and transportation systems. He has published over twenty papers focused on understanding the mechanical product design process and the development of tools to support it. He is founder of the American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME)—Design Theory and Methodology Committee and is a Fellow in the ASME. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University.

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This is an amazing book! One of my main references for my Masters dissertation.
It gives a systematic and simple approach of how to use/create ideas and how to choose them.
For any engineer that wants to create new products, use this book as a guideline and you won't regret it!
Many thanks Professor Ullman.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on 25 Mar 2011
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I have a number of mechanical engineering design books and after having read the review for this book, I thought it might compete with my existing batch. Sadly it does not, it's a re-hash of many other books which are far better.
With respect to ideas for actual design [as stated in the description], they were none. I still rate Child's Mech' Eng' Design for this. Very unhappy at having paid so much money for this book.
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Detailed book for Mechanical Design Process 5 Sep 2005
By C. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ullman provides an easy to understand text on an extremely detailed subject matter. I used it in a sophomore design class to get an overview of the mechanical design process and will use it again for senior capstone design. The text starts off using techniques/tools we're already familiar with and segways into more detailed and specific methods of concept development. The bicycle example does a great job of showing a designer's thought process and is a good inclusion to the book. Also, it helps that Ullman knows how to get to the point.

However, some of the charts are difficult to grasp, and the material on cost and marketing are a bit dull. Although, that's probably due to the subject and not the author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Important Design Fundamentals - Explained Clearly 10 Mar 2007
By A. Palioca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This text has fast become a favorite at our company; reminding our engineers of some of the key fundamentals of the machine design process. As designers of advanced machine design software technologies, Dr. Ullman's book has inspired the team resulting in valuable brainstorm sessions and innovations. All have found this text to be a great and engergizing read.

I highly recommend this text and am glad that my son will have the opportunity of using it in his mechanical engineering studies at college.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The 'standard' for mechanical engineering design texts 21 July 2008
By John T. Tester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A nice overview of the engineering design process. What is really nice is that the author includes a few examples per chapter--many design texts do not take this extra step.

One really good aspect of the text is that the topics flow well for a Capstone Design class. Even QFD is explained in detail without getting too bogged down with the different uses it could have. Though, the author did not explain exactly *how* to use QFD in the design process, there was plenty of detail for a good introduction.

It would be helpful to have problem assignments, to make the text more like a classroom text. But again, most design texts have difficulty taking this approach.

The irony with my review: I was a grad student when Ullman's 1st and 2nd editions were out, and I saw many omissions I would have liked to have filled (particularly on DFM and QFD). Now, as the capstone design professor at a small university, I see how difficult it can be to lay out a textbook on this topic (because I have tried!). The author did a fine job of it.
Five Stars 9 July 2014
By docile.doom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book came in great condition, and was exactly as described.
Great Condition, No Complaints, Great price 7 Mar 2014
By Jimmy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is in like-new condition. Great rental price vs. my university bookstores. Better than expected. Most words are spelled correctly.
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