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Materials Selection and Design

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Conceptual and Configuration Design of Parts

John R. Dixon
John R. Dixon
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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33 - 38


This article discusses the conceptual and configuration design of special-purpose parts that are designed and manufactured especially for use in a particular application. It provides a discussion on the issues considered in designing of parts, including, functionality; the relationship of the part to the whole assembly or subassembly; material and process selection; configuration; and tolerances. The article discusses the qualitative physical reasoning and qualitative reasoning that assist in developing part configuration alternatives.

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John R. Dixon, 1997. "Conceptual and Configuration Design of Parts", Materials Selection and Design, George E. Dieter

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