Engineering Design and Design for Manufacturing -
A Structured Approach, by John R. Dixon and Corrado Poli, is a
text and reference for Mechanical Engineers and published by Field
Stone Publishers. In this book's structured approach to design,
engineering design is first placed in its context within the product
realization process, and best practices are reviewed. Then engineering
design is structured into three stages:
At each of these stages, design problem solving is
done by four clearly articulated steps of guided iteration; that
Specific methods are presented and illustrated for
implementing each step of guided iteration at each stage of the
engineering design process.
Design for Manufacturing is integrated into each
design stage, and made a part of the guided iteration design problem
solving process. Early in the design process, qualitative DFM
guidelines are presented, are included for the most widely used
manufacturing processes, and easy to use "DFM Advisors"
are developed. Later in the design process, as the design develops,
quantitative DFM analysis methods are presented for estimating
tooling and processing costs.
There are comprehensive chapters on manufacturing
processes, and on selecting materials and manufacturing processes.
In addition, there are chapters on communications (written, oral,
graphical), engineering economics, and patent, liability, and