Book of the Week: Advances in Manufacturing and Processing of Materials and Structures

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 Advances in Manufacturing and Processing of Materials and Structures [Source: Amazon]
Advances in Manufacturing and Processing of Materials and Structures [Source: Amazon]

This week’s selection is “Advances in Manufacturing and Processing of Materials and Structures” by Yoseph Bar-Cohen.

It’s important to always remember that 3D printing is only one of countless different manufacturing processes. It should rarely be used alone, as complex objects usually require treatment by several manufacturing processes.

This book attempts to explore some of the more recent developments in manufacturing and design in not only 3D printing but also other manufacturing processes.

Author Bar-Cohen explains:

“The conception, fabrication, processing, operation, and retirement from service of parts, structures and system are equivalent to biological systems’ life stages from conception, through aging, to grave. While evolution in biology is a slow process that can take thousands to millions of years, advances in manufacturing processes and mechanisms are quite rapid and increasingly accelerating at enormous rates.

The advances have been made in all the technology areas that are used throughout the ‘life’ stages of parts, structures and systems from design through production to recycling.”


“The complexities that are involved with the development of such systems require an understanding of the related mechanisms and the ability to model them analytically.”

That is the crux of this book, which explores a number of different aspects of current manufacturing advances. Covered areas include:

  • CAD

  • Biological design inspiration

  • Rapid and virtual prototyping

  • Biofabrication

  • Cybermanufacturing

  • 4D designs

  • Medical applications

  • Additive, subtractive and hybrid processes

  • Integrated manufacturing

  • Adhesion and bonding

  • Metal joining

  • Diffusion bonding

  • Electroactive composite actuators and sensors

  • Artificial muscles

  • Multifunctional structures and materials

  • In situ resource usage

  • Sustainability

  • And more

The book contains chapters written by experts in each field to bring you up to date on the current state of affairs in this wide array of manufacturing technologies and processes.

Via Amazon

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!