Buy This Book: Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals

If you are in the business of designing products, have I got a book for you: It’s called Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals ($60 on Amazon). This may sound expensive until you see it: it’s a monster of a book at 500+ pages and with 1200 color illustrations and weighs several pounds.

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A huge range of materials and manufacturing processes are covered in detail, richly communicated with great on-the-shop-floor photos taken by the author himself, Rob Thompson, who is an industrial designer. There are sections on familiar categories like metals…

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And plastics…

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…and less familiar ones like caning: 

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This is really a breathtaking effort in its scope and detail. Highly recommended.