Materials & Processes

Thomas Heatherwick: Making Ideas

The first retrospective publication on the work of award-winning designer Thomas Heatherwick (the subject of a 2012 exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum) offers an in-depth look at all aspects of the innovator's creative, design, and manufacturing processes.

Heatherwick is known as one of the greatest innovators of our era, and for the first time, this publication provides an inside look at the creation and development of his projects. It answers the one question always asked of Heatherwick's work: How did he do that?

Apple Design

Easily one of the most influential and popular design companies of our era, Apple has made electronics design history with its innovative iMacs, iPhones, iPods and iPads. Apple Design features over 200 examples of outstanding Apple designs by Jonathan Ive (born 1967), the company's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, who since 1997 has been responsible for the design of all of Apple's products.

The Fundamentals of Product Design

Provides an integrated and cohesive view of the product design process, covering materials, manufacturing, idea generation, computer-aided design, engineering functions, product types, and market research.

Build a Plastic Injection Molding Attachment for a Drill Press

For the most part, plastic injection molding today is done with complex automated machinery turning out many thousands of items per day. But what if you are an experimenter, inventor or hobbyist and you just want a few parts made? We have attempted to answer that question for you by providing these plans for a small hobby size injection molding machine capable of molding slightly more than 1/2 ounce of plastic. (.59 ounce to be exact) This amazingly compact machine is designed to be used with a floor model style drill press having a minimum spindle travel of 3 inches.

Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design

There are many ways in which a product can be manufactured but most designers know only a handful of techniques. Informative and incredibly easy to use, this bestselling book discusses more than a hundred production methods in detail. Making It appeals not only to product designers but also to interior, furniture, and graphic designers who need access to a range of production methods, as well as to all students of design. This expanded edition includes nine new processes and an all-new section of over 40 finishing techniques.

 

American Plastic: A Cultural History

Winner of the 1996 Dexter Prize from the Society for the History of Technology and a 1996 CHOICE Oustanding Academic Book.

From Publishers Weekly

Agile Product Development for Mass Customization: How to Develop and Deliver Products for Mass Customization Niche Markets, JIT, Build-to-Order, and Flexible Manufacturing

In Agile Product Development for Mass Customization, Dr. Anderson shows how you can cost-effectively offer useful variety to customers and customize quality products quickly and easily. Through unique methodologies you'll have the ability to produce customized products at mass production speed and efficiency. Through these leading-edge techniques, Agile Product Development for Mass Customization will allow your company to enhance agility, improve variety, reduce costs, develop products more quickly, speed delivery, and satisfy unique customer needs.

 

Achieving Planned Innovation: A Proven System for Creating Successful New Products and Services

Despite promising marketing research, most new products and services fail. However, with Frank R. Bacon's and Thomas W. Butler's Planned Innovation® system, any firm, of any size, in any country in the world can achieve high rates of success in new-product innovation. Like a preflight instrument check done by a cockpit crew, Planned Innovation is a disciplined and practical step-by-step sequence of procedures for reaching the intended destination point—successful products—every time.

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