Book of the Week: Machinery’s Handbook

By on February 27th, 2024 in book

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Machinery’s Handbook [Source: Amazon]

This week’s selection is “Machinery’s Handbook: Toolbox” by Erik Oberg et al.

The Machinery’s Handbook: Toolbox is a vast (3008 pages) compendium of every conceivable bit of information an engineer or designer might required. There is so much information in this single book that it has been considered a standard requirement for workshops, classrooms and design studios the world over.

You may have noticed that this book has previously been featured as our Book of the Week. Normally we don’t repeat books, but today I noticed that this is a new edition. The 32nd, in fact. I should point out that this book has been regularly published for over 100 years, and that indicates its popularity.

What’s important is that the new edition includes information about additive manufacturing, something that hadn’t explicitly appeared in prior editions. They explain:

“Cutting-edge information on 3D printing materials, techniques, and workflow, with an expanded list of international standards addressing this rapidly evolving manufacturing segment.”

If that wasn’t enough to persuade you to upgrade your copy of the Machinery’s Handbook, the new edition also now includes:

  • Dimensioning and Measuring: Reworked explanations and instructions for calibrating, applying, and reading inch and metric verniers, dial and digital calipers, and inside, outside, and screw thread micrometers. Refined formulas for calculating tolerances.
  • Fasteners, Threads, and Threading: Definitive standard specifications for numerous screw threads, bolts, other fasteners, nuts and washers, tap and clearance drills have been verified and updated across the board, with revised and new tables and figures.
  • Machine Elements: Expanded sections detail drive couplings, shaft alignment methods, and friction and lubrication challenges, with an entirely new section on regulated food grade machine lubricants. Revised and new rolling element bearings text and tables explain types, functionality, and features, with additional figures.
  • Metalworking and Manufacturing: New expert coverage with detailed illustrations addresses commonly used metalworking dies, design, and selection, along with related processes and applications for sheet metalworking. Improvements in the welding section include pipe welding positioning.
  • Part Design and Production: Updates encompass the latest in CNC programming, CAD/CAM operations, and other design and production processes. New to this edition is CNC machining of carbon-fiber reinforced polymers, plus discussions of shop-floor programming, simulation for pre-production process verification, feature-based machining, and computer-aided modeling optimization.
  • Properties and Selection of Materials: Legacy elements and modern-day plastics data have been revised, with new information on embodied energy of materials, supply chain cost and carbon footprint calculations, recycling and reclamation considerations, and polymer composite structures and production methods.

This book is an outstanding resource for anyone design mechanical systems.

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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!

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