Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals

Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals

  1. Rob Thompson
  • ISBN 9780500513750
  • 28.50 x 21.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 528pp
  • With over 1200 colour illustrations
  • First published 2007
‘The definitive reference for 3D designers, product designers, architects and engineers’ – New Design
‘Does exactly what the title implies in an easy user-friendly manner … very useful and informative to designers and architects, whether students more experienced practitioners, as well as to anyone interested in the wider aesthetic and ethical issues of contemporary living … ’ – The Art Book

Today’s product designers are presented with a huge number of choices when creating their work and preparing it for manufacture.

With some 1,200 specially commissioned photographs and technical illustrations, this is the definitive, clearly organized reference for product designers, 3D designers, engineers and architects who need highly accessible and practical information.

The book explores innovative production techniques and materials that are having an impact on the design industry worldwide. Organized into four easily referenced parts –
Forming, Cutting, Joining and Finishingover seventy manufacturing processes are explained in depth with
• full technical descriptions
• analyses of the typical applications
• design opportunities and considerations for each process
• information on cost, speed and environmental impact
Step-by-step case studies look at a real-life products or components being manufactured.

The directory of more than fifty materials includes
• detailed technical profiles
• images of typical applications and finishes
• an overview of each material’s design characteristics

Rob Thompson is a lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, specializing in materials and manufacturing. He is co-founder of Creative Resource Lab, which provides design training for businesses and design professionals. An award-winning designer, he is involved in the development of materials and products for a range of international clients.