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Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, 3rd Edition.


Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, 3rd Edition

Mike Ashby and Kara Johnson



389 pages



This is the third edition of a textbook for students and professionals in fields where design and materials engineering connect. It is a collaboration between an art designer and a materials engineer, strongly illustrated with both visual examples and color graphs and charts. The book looks at the role of materials and manufacturing techniques in product design. It puts special emphasis on how much of design depends on what a product is made out of and how it is made. Chapters focus on how product designers can use the whats and hows of making to create both the aesthetics and the functions of a product. From a design perspective, the book looks at how a broad interpretation of making and attention to issues of feasibility and sustainability can inspire better aesthetics. The book begins with design philosophy and looks at case studies. This information is supported by a section giving clear illustrated profiles of materials from steel to polyethelene to textiles, and another doing the same for manufacturing processes from hot gas welding to diffusion bonding to screenprinting. Both emphasize the attributes most relevant for product design. The book is recommended for teachers, students, and readers in any field who can be comfortable with both design thinking and basic materials engineering. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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