The Mechanical Design Process – David G. Ullman – 4th Edition


The fourth edition of The combines a practical overview of the with case material and real-life insights. Ullman’s work as an innovative designer comes through consistently, and has made this a favorite with readers.

This book conveys the “flavor” of , addressing both traditional engineering topics as well as real-world issues like creative thinking, synthesis of ideas, visualization, teamwork, sense of customer needs and product success factors, and the financial aspects of alternatives, in a practical and motivating manner. New in this edition are examples from and over twenty on-line templates that help in preparation of and consistent assignments while the material.

This text is appropriate primarily for the Senior Design course taken by mechanical engineering , though it can also be used in design courses offered earlier in the curriculum. Working also find it to be a readable, practical overview of the modern design process.

Table of Content

1 Why Study the Design Process?
2 Understanding Mechanical Design
3 Designers and Design Teams
4 The Design Process and Product Discovery
5 Planning to Design the Product
6 Understanding the Problem and the Development of Engineering Specifications
7 Concept Generation
8 Concept Evaluation and Selection
9 Product Generation
10 Product Evaluation for Performance and the Effects of Variation
11 Product Evaluation: Design For Cost, Manufacture, Assembly, and other Measures
12 Wrapping up the Design Process and Supporting the Product

Appendix A Properties of 25 Materials Most Commonly Used in Mechanical Design
Appendix B Normal Probability
Appendix C The Factor of Safety as a Design Variable
Appendix D Human Factors in Design

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