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Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design Paperback – Oct 26 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2 edition (Oct. 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856174972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856174978
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #513,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK

Mike Ashby is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier’s top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also coauthor of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Since publishing the first edition of Materials and Design in 2002, Kara Johnson has worked at IDEO, a global design firm and strategic consultancy. Kara leads their efforts in Materials, with a focus on Manufacturing. Her work is primarily about linking a company’s brand and business strategies with the products they make.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars poorly edited, incomplete, and disorganized Oct. 21 2009
By imrsinluv - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm not a big fan of this book.

What I don't like:
-The information is unorganized, and there are plenty of places that need some serious editing. I really can't stand incorrect grammar (obviously unintentional), especially when there's so much of it that I start focusing on that instead of the subject or the story.

-They often do not fully flesh out explanations.. especially when mentioning technical details (which, is ok for us engineers, but hard for other readers). It seems like they were focusing on the number of pages and the layout more than the information in the chapters.

-There's "further reading" bibliography-type information at the end of every chapter.

-The side footnotes are ok with me, but often, the information is not really important or interesting enough to be on the same page as what you're reading about. I'd, at the very most, put them at the end of the chapter.

What I like:
-Although I haven't actually had a chance to use them, or even look through them carefully, the latter half of the book is full of charts and information on specific materials/processes.

-It has a very clean, simple layout, which looks nice.

-It's relatively short.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the book, cover bent in shipping Jan. 12 2014
By Adrian - Published on
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This is a great book that gives tons of useful and interesting information about tons of materials. But, when I received this book, the front cover had been bent back and flattened during the shipping process, leaving a crease across the entire height of the book. If you use/play with a lot of different media, this is the book for you!
3.0 out of 5 stars Okie-Dokie !!! Aug. 1 2014
By shiatzu - Published on
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Okay but, not what I expected.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent source for industrial design students Sept. 28 2010
By mind - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book contains all the production techniques and materials that a student should know and it is written in a clear way.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it April 8 2013
By enrico ercolani - Published on
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i love it very much,it is just great,well written and very useful.tthe perfect book for a designer and a scientist