Prototyping and Low-Volume Production

The Manufacturing Guides

Prototyping & Low-volume Production

  1. Rob Thompson
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  • ISBN 9780500289181
  • 23.00 x 22.00 cm
  • Flexibound PLC with flaps (no jacket)
  • 192pp
  • 450 Illustrations, 450 in colour
  • First published 2011
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Prototyping and Low-volume Production is a vital resource for designers, engineers and architects – the design innovators of today and tomorrow.

With some 450 specially commissioned photographs and technical illustrations, it describes more than 30 manufacturing processes, from the traditional and established to emerging technologies.

Designers are presented with a myriad of choices when preparing their work for manufacture. Whether they are professionals or students, they must be fully informed and thoroughly knowledgable about how their designs can be produced efficiently and effectively.

Part of a new series built upon the authority of Rob Thompson’s highly acclaimed Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals, this book is the essential reference guide to creating prototypes, designs for low-volume production runs and designs that utilize craft.

Clearly presented and highly detailed, the book is organized into three easily referenced parts: forming, joining and finishing. An explanation of each manufacturing process provides a full technical description; analysis of typical applications and the design opportunities it offers; and information on cost, speed and environmental impact.

Each process is accompanied by detailed step-by-step case studies that show a product or component being manufactured by a leading international supplier.

Photographs of geometry, detail, colour and surface finish complete the practical information designers need to select the right process to realize their designs.

FORMING technology
Reaction Injection Molding • Vacuum Casting • Vacuum Forming • Mold Making
Lost wax Casting • Sand Casting • Panel Beating • CNC Machining • CNC Turret Punching 
EDM • Electroforming • Ceramic Wheel Throwing • Jiggering and Jolleying • 
Kiln Forming Glass • Studio Glassblowing • Lampworking 
Veneer Laminating • Composite Laminating • Filament Winding • Rapid Prototyping 
Laser Cutting • Water jet Cutting • Photochemical Machining 
Press Braking • Centrifugal Casting

JOINING technology
Arc Welding • Soldering and Brazing • Resistance Welding • Wood Joinery

FINISHING technology
Electroplating • Flocking • Metal Patination • Grinding, Sanding, Polishing • Spray Painting

Rob Thompson is the author of Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals. An award-winning designer, he has been involved in the development of materials and products for a range of international clients. Former Researcher and Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins, London, he is currently Creative Materials Specialist at Nokia Design.