Book of the Week: Advances in Manufacturing and Processing of Materials and Structures
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:
Biological design inspiration
Rapid and virtual prototyping
Additive, subtractive and hybrid processes
Adhesion and bonding
Electroactive composite actuators and sensors
Multifunctional structures and materials
In situ resource usage
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.