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Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design Paperback – 8 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann (8 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750655542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750655545
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 20.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 950,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design...editor's choice." - Design Issues

'..the book has very interesting and thorough information, and would be a very useful tool for an industrial designer.'
Materials World, May 2004

'Both interesting and intriguing, the book should prove a valuable resource for those starting out in design or engineering ... also very fun to browse'
--Science Magazine, June 13 2003


'...thoroughly "user-friendly" instructional guide to the scientific and systematic crafting of products from a variety of materials...strongly recommended as an extensive, superbly organized and presented, instructional resource and professional level reference.'
--Wisconsin Bookwatch, February 2003

'This books sets out to bridge the gap between the technical language of the materials scientist and the qualitative language of the industrial designer... This is an excellent book and fills a significant gap in the education of industrial designers. I highly recommend it.'
-- Professor Charles M. Falco, University of Arizona, Materials Today, April 2003

"aimed at... designers and engineering students - it is illuminating to see how they are trained to select materials. In particular, it is instructive to learn how different selection strategies are needed for different types of end product...try browsing through this attractive and informative book."
- Chemistry in Britain, Feb 2003

"It is not often that I find it difficult to stop reading a book ... the word inspirational is used in various parts of (this) book -- and how appropriate this word is to this textbook ... For both students and designers, Materials & Design is a gold mine. In short, I thoroughly recommend this book"
- Building Engineer, May 2003

"The book is highly recommended as a complementary text to more traditional academic books on materials and materials processes, and on their systematic selection. The book is competitively priced and represents excellent value for money."
- K.L. Edwards, Univerity of Darby, 2003

"When I looked at this book for the first time, I could not stop myself from being amazed with its concept, form, design, and contents. ... It is a unique book that elucidates evolution of products and the materials from a historical to the modern perspective. ... I would strongly recommend this volume for design students and engineers, materials engineers, and mechanical engineers.
- Corrosion June 2004

"This well-written and easy-to-read book serves as an introduction to materials for students, and for engineers. The book serves as a concise reference for materials and processes...While there are numerous books on materials technology and selection out there for the engineer, the integration of design principles with materials selection in this book make it fairly unique and a worthwhile reference for designers, engineers, and suppliers." -Adhesives & Sealants Newsletter, 2006

About the Author

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK

Mike Ashby is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier’s top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also coauthor of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Since publishing the first edition of Materials and Design in 2002, Kara Johnson has worked at IDEO, a global design firm and strategic consultancy. Kara leads their efforts in Materials, with a focus on Manufacturing. Her work is primarily about linking a company’s brand and business strategies with the products they make.

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By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book that ties together the physical properties, the classification schemes, the look of materials and the manufacturing techniques available for them. A good source book for any designer or student requiring an accessible way into the science and use of materials.
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I bought this book for my son, who is doing a degree in product design, and he tells me it is very interesting and informative. In addition to this book, Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product DesignersandThe Measure of Man and Woman: Human Factors in Design make a good basic set of books for this course.
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just what i needed to help me do coursework on my uni course!
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