Manufacturing Process Selection Handbook


  • K. G. Swift, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, University of Hull, UK
  • J. D. Booker, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol, UK

Manufacturing Process Selection Handbook provides engineers and designers with process knowledge and the essential technological and cost data to guide the selection of manufacturing processes early in the product development cycle.

Building on content from the authors’ earlier introductory Process Selection guide, this expanded handbook begins with the challenges and benefits of identifying manufacturing processes in the design phase and appropriate strategies for process selection. The bulk of the book is then dedicated to concise coverage of different manufacturing processes, providing a quick reference guide for easy comparison and informed decision making.

For each process examined, the book considers key factors driving selection decisions, including:

  • Basic process descriptions with simple diagrams to illustrate
  • Notes on material suitability
  • Notes on available process variations
  • Economic considerations such as costs and production rates
  • Typical applications and product examples
  • Notes on design aspects and quality issues

Providing a quick and effective reference for the informed selection of manufacturing processes with suitable characteristics and capabilities, Manufacturing Process Selection Handbook is intended to quickly develop or refresh your experience of selecting optimal processes and costing design alternatives in the context of concurrent engineering. It is an ideal reference for those working in mechanical design across a variety of industries and a valuable learning resource for advanced students undertaking design modules and projects as part of broader engineering programs.

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Professional engineers involved in mechanical design and manufacture, including those working within automotive, aerospace and related mechanical industries; Advanced students and graduates undertaking modules in design and manufacture as part of mechanical, automotive and aerospace degree programs.


Book information

  • Published: April 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-099360-7

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the Handbook
  2. Process Selection Strategies and Case Studies
  3. Casting Processes
  4. Forming Processes
  5. Plastics and Composites Processing
  6. Machining Processes
  7. Non-traditional Machining Processes
  8. Rapid Prototyping Processes
  9. Surface Engineering Processes
  10. Assembly Systems
  11. Joining Processes
  12. Component Costing
  13. Assembly Costing


A Guidelines for Design for Manufacture

B Guidelines for Design for Assembly

C Weld Joint Design Configurations

D Blank Component Costing Table

E Blank Assembly Costing Table

Relevant British Standards
Design and Manufacture Related Web Sites