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Materials and Design

The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design

Materials are the stuff of design. From the very beginning of human history, materials have been taken from the natural world and shaped, modified, and adapted for everything from primitive tools to modern electronics. This renowned book by noted materials engineering author Mike Ashby and industrial designer Kara Johnson explores the role of materials and materials processing in product design, with a particular emphasis on creating both desired aesthetics and functionality. The new edition will feature even more of the highly useful "materials profiles" that give critical design, processing, performance and applications criteria for each material in question. The reader will find information ranging from the generic and commercial names of each material, its physical and mechanical properties, its chemical properties, its common uses, how it is typically made and processed, and even its average price. And with improved photographs and drawings, the reader will be taken even more closely to the way real design is done by real designers, selecting the optimum materials for a successful product.

Audience
Materials Engineers & Students, Product & Industrial Design Professionals and Students

Paperback, 416 Pages

Published: February 2014

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-098205-2

Reviews

  • From the first edition:
    "...well-written and easy-to-read...unique and a worthwhile reference for designers, engineers, and suppliers."--Adhesives & Sealants Newsletter, 2006
    "Well presented, easy to read with concise descriptions. Very suitable for students on courses which involve art design and the use of modern materials"--Derrick Parker, Univ. of Portsmouth, Dept. Mech. & Manufacturing Eng
    "I believe materials engineering faculty should use this book at some point in their materials engineering curriculum. It can then be a resource for students as they travel through the major. The same can be said in an ideal world for industrial engineering, industrial design, and maybe even mechanical engineering."--Blair London, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
    "I don't know of any similar book. I used Ashby & Jones's Engineering Materials I & II for many years, but these are more technical and probably better as stand-alone texts for an engineering course. I think Materials & Design would be an excellent supplement to an Engineering Materials course, and could serve as the primary text in Industrial or Product Design course focusing on materials."--Gary Benenson, City College of New York

Contents

  • Function and Personality; What Influences Product Design; Design and Designing; The Stuff...Multidimensional Materials; Other Stuff...Shaping, Joining, and Surfaces; Form Follows Material; A Structure for Material Selection; Case Studies in Materials and Design; New Materials-the Potential for Innovation; Conclusions; PRACTICAL REFERENCES FOR INSPIRATION: Materials Profiles; Shaping Profiles; Joining Profiles; Surface Profiles; Exercises for the Eye and Mind; Selected Materials Maps

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