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10 reasons students find these books invaluable.

  1. Learn the basics of how to get from needs to product.

  2. Discover how to generate good ideas.

  3. Understand what personal skills you bring to a design team.

  4. Find out how to make your design team successful.

  5. See what it takes to understand the needs of your customers.

  6. Learn how to understand function and how to get from function to form.

  7. Understand how parts and assemblies progress from constraints to configuration to connections to components.

  8. Become expert in Design for X, where X = cost (DFC), manufacture (DFM), assembly (DFA), reliability (DFR), test (DFT), and sustainability (DFS).

  9.  Learn how to manage a problem with more than one right answer.

  10. Learn the fifty design best practices used in industry. 




These are books you can take on your design jobs and hit the ground running.  

The Mechanical Design Process is a must for capstone courses as it gives structure and helps students generate the best outcomes for project sponsors.


Read case studies of practicing engineers resolving difficult design problems.


25 templates, Word and Excel forms, to help students capture design progress, determine part costs and manage team activities.  Contact your instructor for a pass code to use these templates.

TRIZ Principles

Section 7.7 in The Mechanical Design Process introduces the TRIZ 40 inventive principles/  They can be downloaded here.

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