A one-stop resource for all design professionals, providing comprehensive, accurate information about the basic materials with which they work daily, as well as a complete breakdown of exciting new developments in high-tech materials.
Today's designers are often presented with a seemingly infinite number of creative choices, with the ability to push their materials to the limits of what they can do. Understanding these materials properly helps designers make inspired decisions in a practical and confident manner. The Materials Sourcebook for Design Professionals is the one-stop resource for all design professionals, providing comprehensive, accurate information about the basic materials with which they work on a daily basis, as well as a complete breakdown on new and exciting developments in high-tech materials. Written by Rob Thompson, this book comprises six main parts on all the major
design' material groups. These parts are then separated further into chapters that examine the properties of individual types of materials, e.g.Iron',
Steel' andAluminium'. In total, there are nearly 100 material types featured, each one supported by examples of how it can be used in a variety of industries, an outline of its most desirable properties and details on its form and texture. With 450 vibrant illustrations and a clear layout, the design professional or student is presented with a long-term reference tool that tells them everything they need to know about the materials they use habitually, with information delivered in a wholly unbiased and accessible manner.
Rob Thompson was formerly Researcher and Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins, London, and is currently Creative Materials Specialist at Nokia Design. His books include "Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals, Product and Furniture Design", and "Prototyping and Low-Volume Production".
How to use this book Introduction 1 METAL Ferrous Metal: Cast Iron Steel Non-Ferrous Metal: Aluminium Magnesium Titanium Copper Brass Bronze and Nickel Silver Zinc Precious Metal: Silver, Gold 2 PLASTIC Thermoplastic: Polypropylene (PP) Polyethylene (PE) Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Acid Copolymers and Ionomers Polystyrene (PS) Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN) and Acrylic Styrene Acrylonitrile (ASA) Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Polycarbonate (PC), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Polyester Polyamide (PA) Nylon Polymethyl Methacrylate(PMMA) Acrylic Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) Acrylic Fibre Polyoxymethylene (POM) Acetal Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) Fluoropolymer Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) Thermoset: Polyurethane (PU) Polysiloxane Silicone Synthetic Rubber Formaldehyde-Based: Melamine (MF) Phenolic (PF) and Urea (UF) Unsaturated Polyester (UP) Resin Polyepoxide Epoxy Resin Super Fibre: Carbon-Fibre-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Aromatic Polyamide Aramid Polyphenylene Benzobisthiazole (PBO) Bio-Derived: Natural Rubber and Latex Cellulose Acetate (CA) and Viscose Starch Plastic Polylactic Acid (PLA) 3 WOOD Wood Products: Wood Pulp Paper and Board Bark Cork Veneer Engineered Timber Softwood: Spruce Fir and Pine Hemlock Larch Douglas-Fir Cypress Family Hardwood: Poplar Aspen and Cottonwood Willow Maple Birch Beech Oak Chestnut Walnut Hickory and Pecan Ash Elm Cherry Apple and Pear Tropical Hardwood: Acacia Iroko Teak Mahogany Family Exotics Balsa 4 PLANT Stem and Leaf: Rattan Bamboo Grass Rush and Sedge Leaf Fibres Bast Fibre: Flax Linen Jute and Kenaf Hemp Ramie Seed Fibre: Cotton Coconut Coir 5 ANIMAL Animal Fibres: Silk Wool Hair Bone and Horn: Horn Bone Antler Leather and Fur: Cowhide Sheepskin and Goatskin Pigskin Horsehide Deerskin and Kangaroo Hide Exotics Fur 6 MINERAL Rock: Stone Diamond and Corundum Ceramic: Clay Plaster Cement Technical Ceramic Glass: Soda-Lime Glass Lead Glass High-Performance Glass Directory Glossary and Abbreviations Featured Designers, Artists and Manufacturers Selected Bibliography Illustration Credits Sources Index
'Extremely well researched. Great care has been taken to ensure that it not only covers the basics, but also the very latest applications ... Excellent photographs [...] bring the text to life' - Materials World
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