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Solid Freeform Fabrication is a set of manufacturing processes that are capable of producing complex freeform solid objects directly from a computer model of an object without part-specific tooling or knowledge. In essence, these methods are miniature manufacturing plants which come complete with material handling, information processing and materials processing. As such, these methods require technical knowledge from many disciplines; therefore, researchers, engineers, and students in Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, and Manufacturing Engineering and Materials and Computer Science will all find some interest in this subject. Particular subareas of concern include manufacturing methods, polymer chemistry, computational geometry, control, heat transfer, metallurgy, ceramics, optics, and fluid mechanics. History of technology specialists may also find Chapter 1 of interest. Although this book covers the spectrum of different processes, the emphasis is clearly on the area in which the authors have the most experience, thermal laser processing. In particular, the authors have all been developers and inventors of techniques for the Selective Laser Sintering process and laser gas phase techniques (Selective Area Laser Deposition). This is a research book on the subject of Solid Freeform Fabrication.
Form and Fabric in Landscape Architecture provides an original, visual approach to the study of landscape architecture by creating a spatial morphology based on use and experience of landscapes. It explores aesthetic, spatial and experiential concepts by providing a structure through which landscapes can be understood and conceived in design. 'Fabric' is the integrated structure of whole landscapes, while 'form' refers to the compnents that make up this fabric. Together form and fabric create a morphology of landscape useful for the development of visual-spatial design thinking and awareness. This book is intended as both an introduction to the discipline for students of landscape architecture, architecture and planning, and a source of continuing interest for more experienced environmental designers.
An up-to-date, single-source reference on preparatory inorganic materials science<br> <br> This comprehensive volume on the preparation of single-phase inorganic materials covers the most important methods and techniques in solid-state synthesis and materials fabrication, including recent advances in the field. Incorporating both the fundamental background as well as information on advanced methodologies, Inorganic Materials Synthesis and Fabrication:<br> *<br> <br> Explains the basic principles of crystallography, thermodynamics, and kinetics required to use the techniques described<br> *<br> <br> Covers crystallographic and microstructural considerations<br> *<br> <br> Discusses the chemical energetics and atomistics of reactions and transformations in solids<br> *<br> <br> Details solid-vapor reactions, solid-liquid reactions, and solid-solid reactions<br> *<br> <br> Covers nanomaterials synthesis, including bottom-up and top-down methods<br> *<br> <br> Incorporates information on materials fabrication, including texture control, forming processes, consolidation methods, and more<br> *<br> <br> Includes extensive references to the literature<br> *<br> <br> Presents biographical sketches of distinguished materials scientists of the twentieth century<br> <br> With an accessible, interdisciplinary approach, this is an excellent introductory text for materials science and engineering, chemistry, and physics students, as well as a practical, hands-on reference for working professionals.
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