I have absolutely no real reason to have a copy of Making It: Manufacturing Technologies for Product Design—I’m not a designer or an engineer. That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t spend untold hours reading it.
It’s essentially an encyclopedia of all of the tools that the modern designer has at their disposal, and it looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
Designers live in a mildly cloistered world where they can concentrate on form factors with a vague awareness of parting lines and minimum thicknesses, but really leave it to the engineers to complete their visions.Making It reads like a layman’s engineering primer, not a product design book. Each manufacturing technology gets its own 2–4 page spread with a glossy product shot, accompanying text, our favorite buzzword “process shots,” and a highlighted info box of the characteristics of the technology.
The overall book is organized in 8 categories: (1) Cut from Solid, (2) Sheet, (3) Continuous, (4) Thin and Hollow, (5) Into Solid, (6) Complex, (7) Advanced and (8) Finishing. We assure you that well before you reach the sections entitled “Complex” or “Advanced,” you’ll be thoroughly convinced that the complexity of human ingenuity and tool-making prowess is unassailable, and that’s even before we hit the cool stuff like Industrial Origami or Deep 3D Forming in Plywood.
Wait… $23 on Amazon?! I just bought a copy before I even finished this post.