To make it short… I moved… After a constant up and down in Austria I’ve joined a design studio full of wonderful people in Barcelona. Being one of the “mountain folk” this puts me into a very unforeseen situation and I am still wary of things like… short pants, beaches and late lunch. But be not afraid! Besides dodging direct sunlight and munching paella I will work up projects. Also my main project is still under construction and I already have the tools ready in Barcelona… so stay tuned folks.
Hope this gif I made in the woods makes up for my 2 weeks absence and keeps you calm until my next post on swapping my macbookpro for a dell m3800.
It’s easter! So treat yo-self!
With that in mind I bought a series of manufacturing guide books and will today compare them for all y’all. I prefer having more than one source of information and did not only order the fantastic books by Rob Thompson but also got “Making It” by Chris Lefteri. I just wanted to compare Amazon’s main guides. In case you are thinking about buying “Prototyping and Low Volume Production” or “Product and Furniture Design” by Thompson… think again. Thompson’s “Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals” includes all processes of the other two books (except for mold making and CNC turret punching).
I also purchased “Sustainable Materials, Processes and Production” (by Thompson) which is a nice guide for recycling processes, design for easy disassembly, production waste and many other topics, which you can’t find in “manufacturing processes”. In general… I haven’t seen any guide with better visualisations, than the one’s you can find in all of Thompson’s books. After just glancing at the chapter “Design for Disassembly” I perfectly understand the main points of what to watch out for. The following is a comparison between the two main manufacturing guides out there.
Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals (2012)
In here you will find the most common and most trusted ways of manufacturing well explained (well enough for a designer). The visualisations of processes are great! You’ll find everything quickly and the additional information for each process is way more detailed than in “making it”… without making the book too overwhelming. The information you get is more scientific and objective. Though sometimes information like tolerances or design tips are missing. The case studies are well presented and each one of them is filled with reference images showing various steps of production.
- “overview info section” of each process is usually better
- great visualisations of production process (perfect for explaining it to clients)
- gives a far more detailed and facts loaded explanation of the process
Making it. Manufacturing techniques for product design 2nd Edition (2014)
You will find more processes in this one book by Chris Lefteri. Though some of them are only done by very few companies and some are rather “artistic” production processes (Plopp Stool by Oskar Zieta
). You quickly notice the “maker mentality” and occasionally you will get infos like “can also be used to quickly make moving hinges”… which is nice. It also incorporates processes which are not widely spread and still rather experimental, making it hard to differentiate between “what can I use” and “what can I use in a few years”. In general it’s not as structured as Thompson’s book and case studies as well as visualisations are often missing.
- quickly visible pros and cons of processes (very subjective)
- also ads maximum object dimensions
- visualisation of processes often missing and a bit too over styled > not accurate
- gives you tolerances and minimal wall thickness (though very subjective info)