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.


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…


And plastics…


…and less familiar ones like caning: 


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