Materials Enabled Designs: The Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Design and Manufacturing from Industrial Metallurgists

Materials Enabled Designs:  The Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Design and Manufacturing from Industrial Metallurgists

Summary

This book was written by Michael Pfeifer, and published by Butterworth-Heinemann in May 2009. This innovative new text/reference provides the "Big picture" view of product development and manufacturing from the materials engineering perspectve. This perspective is concerned with making decisions that enable the use of optimum materials. To that end, this book addresses decisions made throughout the product development and manufacturing cycle. These decisions include those made during concept design, supplier selection, sourcing strategy development, detail design, process development, process development, and manufacturing yield improvement.

Description

There are many books on materials selection for engineering design. Most cover the physical and mechanical properties of specific materials. None offer insight into the engineering process and considerations for optimizing materials to enable a product to meet its performance, reliability, and cost requirements.

There are also many books on product development. But these books primarily discuss product development from the mechanical engineering perspective. These books overlook the fact that a product is an assemblage of materials, the impact of product life cycle decisions on the materials that are used, and the impact of materials optimization on the success of a product.

Materials Enabled Designs provides the "Big picture" view of product development and manufacturing from the materials engineering perspectve. The materials engineering perspective is based upon the following three considerations:
1.The performance, reliability, and cost of a product are strongly dependent on the properties of the materials that comprise the product.
2.Proper selection of the materials that make up a product is crucial in order to satisfy the desired performance, reliability, and cost requirements of the product.
3.Control of the variation of the properties of the materials that make up a product is crucial for enabling the consistent performance, reliability, and cost of the product.

This perspective is concerned with making decisions that enable the use of optimum materials. To that end, this book addresses decisions made throughout the product development and manufacturing cycle. These decisions include those made during concept design, supplier selection, sourcing strategy development, detail design, process development, process development, and manufacturing yield improvement.

This book will be useful to design, manufacturing, and quality engineers. It will also be useful to engineering managers and business leaders who look for strategies for reducing product development time, improving product performance and reliability, and reducing costs.

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