Series: Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Processing (Book 74)
Hardcover: 712 pages
Publisher: CRC Press; 3 edition (December 8, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 10 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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This book was by far the Worst book I have ever had to use for any of my classes in my Masters program. It was poorly written and even worse, it had an abundance of mathematical errors that made me think the editing was the fault. Each chapter had at least... AT LEAST one mathematical error which in turn completely ruined this whole class for me. It was unfortunate because I truly wanted to learn in this class but when we were forced to use the equations out of the book that would differ from examples in the book, it was unclear on which equation to use. I feel that I studied tremendously for my tests from this book, but I learned the wrong thing. This definitely needs to be rewritten and reviewed at least 100 times before it is released again. What a waste of money.
This book covers a lot of different processes and gives information about estimating their cost in a way that I have never seen anywhere else. That being said, the example problems are riddled with errors. I sent the publisher a 4 page single spaced list, but never heard back. Some errors are trivial and the correct answer can be intuited with engineering judgement. Other are major. For instance, a key table is missing from the powder metallurgy chapter, rendering cost estimation impossible. The authors sell cost estimation software based on their research. Perhaps they don't want anyone to be able to reproduce their results? For a manufacturing cost estimation class, there isn't a better book out there, but that's faint praise as there are really no competitors. It's adequate with careful reading.
I got this book at the recommendation of a professor here on campus. It is loaded with helpful information and details about product design. I have been an design engineer for over 30 years and this book is great!
Like most other said here, this book contains a lot of errors on basic calculations like calculating the surface area of a cylinder! Also, organization of the book is very poor; referenced equations or figures are either very hard to find or nowhere to be found. Otherwise book covers a lot of good topics.
Mediocre at best. This book gets worse when you in a accelerated engineering program.
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