Fabrication: The Designers Guide : the Illustrated Works of Twelve Specialist UK Fabricators

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Routledge, 2006 - Architecture - 183 pages
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Packed with stunning images this is an indispensable visual guide illustrating and explaining current fabrication processes and material transformation. Providing a documentary of an eclectic range of fabrication techniques, this is the ideal reference for designers who wish to learn more about the materials and current technologies in material production available to them.

Featuring the work of 12 fabricators based in the UK, the case studies displayed range from manufacture of complex wire rope, the processes of metal spinning, large-scale composite casting, to computer controlled sheet steel fabrication. With a full knowledge of how the materials are transformed, this book provides readers with a greater ability to employ material processes for their own designs and to better understand material fabrication. This is a book that provides information on contemporary technology and design inspiration in abundance.

* A visual introduction to the latest material fabrication techniques
* Provides inspiration to architects and designers looking for new materials to realize their designs
* Hundreds of photographs, working drawings and technical details provide a comprehensive and beautiful outline of the subject
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Sheet Metal
3
2 Softwood Timber
17
3 GlassReinforced Plastic
29
4 Tensile Steel
41
5 Steel Sections
53
6 Limestone
75
7 Terrazzo Concrete
87
10 Tensile Yarns
129
11 Cast Metal
141
12 Spun Metal
159
Glossary of Processes
173
Company Information
175
Sources
177
Acknowledgments
179
Authors
181

8 Membrane Fabric
99
9 Float Glass
113

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Bill McLean has taught a variety of economics courses during the past 13 years. His experience includes instructing both at the college and high school levels where he has taught Advanced Placement (AP) Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics as well as Money and Banking. He is a reader for the National AP Economics Exam. His primary research covers economic education and economic teaching pedagogies. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Columbus State University and M.B.A from Florida Institute of Technology. He also holds a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Economics at Oklahoma State University.

Samantha Hardingham was the successful author that the ellipsis series launched their eponymous grey architectural guides with in the 1990s. Her architecture guide to London has been re-issued in five separate editions - most recently by Batsford in 2003. She is also the author of "Cedric Price Opera" book (Wiley-Academy 2003). She is a research fellow at the School for Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster.

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