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4.2b Timber

4.2b Timber

Natural  timber  is  timber  that  is  used  directly  from  the  tree  after  being  seasoned  (a  controlled drying process). It is actually a type of composite material because it is made up of cellulose (wood fibres) held together with a natural adhesive (lignin)....
4.5 Production systems

4.5 Production systems

Design for manufacture (DfM) means designers design specifically for optimum use of existing manufacturing capability. Designers need to consider designing products so they can be easily and efficiently manufactured with minimal impact on the environment. Design for...
4.5 Production systems

4.5 Production systems

Design for disassembly is when a product is designed so that when it becomes obsolete it can easily and  economically be taken apart, the components reused or repaired, and the materials repurposed or recycle.   By minimising components, assembly can be made to...
4.2f Composites

4.2f Composites

Composites  are  an  important  material  in  an  intensely  competitive  global  market.  New  materials  and  technologies  are  being  produced frequently for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products. Composites are replacing more...
4.5 Production systems

4.5 Production systems

One of the blogs I regularly read is Robin Wood’s blog. Robin (whom I don’t personally know) is a maker of wooden bowls and plates, made with a foot-powered lathe, and he is passionately interested in preserving traditional crafts in England. Not just the...
4.2b Timber

4.2b Timber

Softwoods  come  from  coniferous  trees  which  are  evergreen,  needle-leaved,  cone-bearing trees, such as cedar, fir and pine. Softwoods can often be harder than hardwood. Douglas Fir has a higher tensile and compressive  strength  than  many  hardwoods.  Balsa ...