Best industrial manufacturing general books according to redditors

We found 295 Reddit comments discussing the best industrial manufacturing general books. We ranked the 138 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/dave9199 · 54 pointsr/preppers

If you move the decimal over. This is about 1,000 in books...

(If I had to pick a few for 100 bucks: encyclopedia of country living, survival medicine, wilderness medicine, ball preservation, art of fermentation, a few mushroom and foraging books.)


Where there is no doctor

Where there is no dentist

Emergency War Surgery

The survival medicine handbook

Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine

Special Operations Medical Handbook

Food Production

Mini Farming

encyclopedia of country living

square foot gardening

Seed Saving

Storey’s Raising Rabbits

Meat Rabbits

Aquaponics Gardening: Step By Step

Storey’s Chicken Book

Storey Dairy Goat

Storey Meat Goat

Storey Ducks

Storey’s Bees

Beekeepers Bible

bio-integrated farm

soil and water engineering

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Food Preservation and Cooking

Steve Rinella’s Large Game Processing

Steve Rinella’s Small Game

Ball Home Preservation


Root Cellaring

Art of Natural Cheesemaking

Mastering Artesian Cheese Making

American Farmstead Cheesemaking

Joe Beef: Surviving Apocalypse

Wild Fermentation

Art of Fermentation

Nose to Tail

Artisan Sourdough

Designing Great Beers

The Joy of Home Distilling


Southeast Foraging


Mushrooms of Carolinas

Mushrooms of Southeastern United States

Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast


farm and workshop Welding

ultimate guide: plumbing

ultimate guide: wiring

ultimate guide: home repair

off grid solar


Timberframe Construction

Basic Lathework

How to Run A Lathe

Backyard Foundry

Sand Casting

Practical Casting

The Complete Metalsmith

Gears and Cutting Gears

Hardening Tempering and Heat Treatment

Machinery’s Handbook

How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic

Electronics For Inventors

Basic Science


Organic Chem

Understanding Basic Chemistry Through Problem Solving

Ham Radio

AARL Antenna Book

General Class Manual

Tech Class Manual


Ray Mears Essential Bushcraft


Nuclear War Survival Skills

The Knowledge: How to rebuild civilization in the aftermath of a cataclysm

u/FreakingScience · 29 pointsr/askscience

Had to do some digging because I had a hard time convincing Google that I wasn't looking for a Rudy Ray Moore blacksploitation film; He means Rolamite, lol.

Back to the topic, if by simple machine you mean some sort of noncomplex elegant device that takes mechanical input from one source and gives a predictable mechanical output (or perhaps a pseudo-random output, which could also be just as useful), there's absolutely always room for another such thing. Take a look at a book like this one, which is basically a ton of wild gear systems and simple, straightforward machines. Admittedly, based on the illustrations, many of these concepts are dated; there's still tons of room for simple innovation.

u/dunz · 27 pointsr/malelifestyle

This is a manly book.

I'm not sure what you mean with "not literature", books are literature.

u/Rain_dog85 · 20 pointsr/space

Machinists handbook. It's a metal workers bible and a good reference for engineers. in fact, if you are in any way related to manufacturing (management, purchasing, planning) you should be familiar with at least some of the contents of this book.

also, kanabco and the virtual machine shop

u/lrnz13 · 15 pointsr/datascience

I’m a stats major and took a course on design and analysis of experiments. The book you’re looking for is here.

u/Turn_the_Page · 11 pointsr/foodscience

Fennema's Food Chemistry

The best food chem book I have come across. Also connects every chemical reaction and theory with food. Easy to read if you have basic chem knowledge. It is a textbook though, so it reads like a textbook. If the fourth edition seems too expensive, you can the third, but I think the third has less about sat fat reactions.

u/DesiHobbes · 10 pointsr/MechanicalEngineering

Machinery's Handbook. I'm an ME student and my dad's an ME. He gifted me this saying it was an important reference book and he was not wrong.

u/drepamig · 10 pointsr/engineering

Shigley's is great for learning how to design and why you design the way you do. It's the book I used in college and still reference at work. I'm not so sure it'd be great for a novice engineer. For a more practical approach, I'd recommend a few below (not necessarily in this order):

  1. Machinery's Handbook - This is regularly seen as the [mechanical] engineer's bible. It has nearly everything you'd need to know for design. Most of the machinists used this in a shop I used to work in. Nearly every engineer in my current job (and there are a hundred or more) have a copy of this at their desk.
  2. Pocket Reference - This is kind of (loosely) like Machinery's Handbook but much more broad. It covers a little bit of everything from engineering, to vehicle maintenance, to plumbing. I like it for it's all-around information.
  3. Handyman In-Your-Pocket - this is by the same author as #2 but is tailored to the building trades. I also have this but I haven't used it much yet. Not because it's not useful, just because I haven't gotten around to it.
  4. Marks' Standard Handbook for Mech. Engineers - I have an old copy of this book from the 80s, I believe, that my dad gave to me. It is also on the same order as Machinery's Handbook, but instead of covering EVERYTHING, it goes into more depth about the topics it does cover. If I remember correctly, it covers topics ranging from how to make a weldment to how to design a power generating steam boiler and turbine.
  5. Solutions to Design of Weldments - This is a new one to me. I recently went to the Blodgett Welding Design Seminar and this was one of the reference materials they handed out. I had a few text book sized design guides by Omer Blodgett that I've often used, but this one seems to take all of the info from those books and condense it down to a handbook. Best part is that it's only $3.50 for a copy and I think (but I'm not sure) that it ships for free.

    A nice free reference manual that includes all sorts of design equations is the NCEES reference handbook. I used it back when I took my FE exam (the first exam you take before you become what's call a "Professional Engineer" in the US). It's a nice PDF to have around, though it doesn't go into a lot of explanation as to what the equations are.

    A few web resources I use are:,

    I'm sure I'll think of some more and, if I do, I'll update this post.

    Hope that helps.

u/LtPlatypus · 9 pointsr/machining

Machinery's Handbook - 30th Edition. It's commonly referred to as the "Machinist's Bible". It's not so much an instructional book as it is a reference; however, I've learned so much from it. It's got detailed information on taps and dies, milling, turning, welding, heat treating, machine shop economics, mechanics and physics, measuring, properties of materials, and I could go on. It's kind of expensive, but it really is worth every dime. Look around online for good deals, I got mine (30th Ed - Toolbox Edition) for about $65 new on The only differences between the Large-Print and the Toolbox-Edition are the size of the book and the size of the print. The full size book is 7"x10" with larger print, and the toolbox is 7"x4.5" with fairly small print. They both have the exact same content. If you have poor vision, buy the full size for sure. If you're going to be a metalworker for a living, or even just a weekend machinist, you'll keep this book for the rest of your life.

u/theholyraptor · 8 pointsr/engineering

Machine Design by Norton
Theory of Machines and Mechanisms by Shigley
are considered the two bibles on machine design and are common in machine design courses.

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design by Ashby

The Machinery's Handbook is a must have and I assume you already know about this.

Mechanisms and Mechanical Designs Sourcebook is good to help spark ideas or solve problems. There are other books along the same lines.

There's information on tolerancing and machining in The Machinery's Handbook especially. I'm not sure on other resources for those. There are books on manufacturing processes that'll discuss the tolerances capable and design limitations.

u/SniperGX1 · 8 pointsr/politics

It actually happened in radiation treatments of a cancer patient and killed him. It's a classic example in human factors classes when you are studying CS.

Good book and important story.

u/d2-0141 · 7 pointsr/chemistry

Not online, but this book may help as a good starting point.

u/tanuki_in_residence · 7 pointsr/IndustrialDesign

Essentially this is what a degree covers. I assume you are not studying ID yet?.
Pulling apart things is a fantastic way to learn, and every ID professional will do it. We have boxes and boxes of disassembled products at my work, and that’s pretty standard.
Making it is a good book that shows basic manufacturing processes, and from there you can learn how to design for them.

u/mechtonia · 6 pointsr/AskEngineers

"If engineering were easy, they would have sent a boy with a note."

Seriously there aren't any shortcuts. Either you learn the fundamentals or you don't. But if you want a really good general reference book, get The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual

Other useful references:

u/ArchDemonKerensky · 5 pointsr/machining

There is a book series called, 'The Workshop Practice Series', one of the editions is about tool and cutter sharpening. Highly recommended.

There are a lot of books out there for sharpening knives and woodworking tools. Not directly applicable to metal tooling, but they tend to have sections about the science and physics of cutting and edge geometry that are useful and relatively universal.

Machinery's handbook also has good sections on tool and cutter geometry.

Ill see if I can get you some direct links.


Article on drill point geometry

Tool and cutter sharpening book

Machinery's handbook

Other sharpening books:

Razor Edge book of sharpening

complete guide to sharpening

Quick searches for variations on 'tool and cutter sharpening' pulls up a lot of other books that look useful.

u/paulvonslagle · 5 pointsr/IndustrialDesign

Here are a few terms, as well as some convenient flash cards someone assembled.

As a previous poster mentioned those are engineering/machining terms.

I also recommend blogs such as Core77 or the Fictiv Blog which talk about a broad range of manufacturing and design topics.

If you’re just dying for more product terms, there are plenty of terms that fall under plastic injection molding

For a good overview of materials and processes, the book Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Designersis a good balance of interesting content, pictures, and examples, and isn’t too boring for the layman.

u/hcurmudgeon · 5 pointsr/3Dprinting

This is the book you seek:


There's also:


There's also this if you want to go to a professional level:

Do NOT pay this much. Look for used copies on Amazon, eBay and Abe's Books. I found a near mint used set for $35.


Note: I have no financial interests in referring these titles.

u/duttymong · 5 pointsr/IndustrialDesign

A few things off the top of my head:

Creative Confidence By Tom and David Kelly (IDEO) - In fact, anything by these guys as IDEO are a great resource for design thinking.

Wacom Pen and Touch S Perfectly adequate starter tablet for sketching on a laptop.

Sketchbook Pro to go with it

Product Sketches - Great book with sketches of everyday things from Ideation to presentation quality.

Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design - Really good book covering the basics of industrial processes to manufacture objects.

Copic Multiliner set - maybe with some stationary. I fucking love stationary. Could combine this with a Moleskin or Field Notes notebook

Steal Like an Artist - cute, short book with a great message about how its not what you steal but how you steal it.

Kor 'Hydration Vessel' - I've had one for like 3 years.

u/gobuyastick · 5 pointsr/weekendgunnit

Check any bearings for slop. Threading would be a nightmare, but could likely be done seeing as how he has the gears for auto-feed. Harbor Freight's got this little guy

and get yourself a Machinery Handbook

u/bilabrin · 5 pointsr/engineering

You sir are a man in need of a Machinery's Handbook.

u/DSJustice · 5 pointsr/engineering

Do you mean Machinery's Handbook?

I don't seem recall anything in the screw design section about beverage bottles. But my copy is admittedly about 15 editions out of date.

u/burritoemoji · 5 pointsr/IndustrialDesign

Check out Making It by Chris Lefteri

u/bobroberts7441 · 5 pointsr/MechanicalEngineering

You look in the Machinery's Handbook. Previous versions can be found.

u/Collindb20 · 5 pointsr/Machinists

Machinery's Handbook, Toolbox Edition

This one is good but a bit expensive. It gives VERY detailed dimensions of the geometry of screws and what not.
This is more of a refrence than a teach you how.

u/bravokiloromeo · 4 pointsr/engineering

DoE is used pretty widely in manufacturing, so no surprise why they want you to know it.

What you did is kind of what DoE is at its most basic form. There are essentially different kinds of experiments that are designed to be more economical (reducing number of experiment runs, working around external factors, etc.) given a certain number and type of factor you want to test the effects of on your manufacturing process. Really the most important part of DoE is picking the correct type of design - the data analysis follows naturally based on the type of experiment. I'd wager that having experience with JMP (most common) or DesignExpert DoE software would be very useful.

This looks like a pretty good reference, but if you do get the job and need some real DoE resources, Doug Montgomery's book is pretty much the best one out there (one of the leading experts on DoE, and I took this class with him at ASU).

u/cardinals5 · 4 pointsr/AskEngineers

I've included Amazon links as I could find them. The three reference guides I have are:

u/HenryGale52 · 4 pointsr/AskAcademia

Hi! I'm a statistician and love this stuff - here is my favorite book on the topic (he has lots of additions, so might not need the latest)

If you have questions on hypothesis testing or stats in general, drop me a line.

u/NorthStarZero · 4 pointsr/Skookum

OK, the first and most important book by a mile is The Machinery's Handbook

This is the standard reference for all things machining. You cannot live without this book. It is pricy, but it is worth its weight in gold.

The next is any of the Audel books - like this one

u/scrotch · 3 pointsr/manufacturing

This one is cheap enough to check out even if it isn't the one you had before:
507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices (Dover Science Books)
by Henry T. Brown

u/dragoneye · 3 pointsr/engineering
  • Shigley's is my go to for any machine component calculations
  • Engineering Materials by Budinski is pretty good for material information and selection if you can get how full of themselves the authors are
  • BASF Design Solutions Guide (PDF link) is a pretty good resource on designing things like snaps, fits, ribs, etc. and other things related to injection molding design.
  • Machinery's Handbook is just incredibly useful for anything involving fits, threads, etc.
u/floridawhiteguy · 3 pointsr/engineering

Get yourself a student edition of some Autodesk products - AutoCad and Inventor at the least - to practice CAD and drafting skills.

Some books about Mech Eng specifically:

Don't forget about basic electricity, electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics too.

Get some hands-on experience with machine tools such as lathes and mills. Learn how to program CNC machines using G-code. Try to land a summer job at a factory or assembly plant for the experience. Learn how to make metal castings by watching some YouTube videos and visiting a local foundry.

Find some local ASME members to network with and seek a mentor. ASME also offers a limited free membership to college freshmen.

u/mach_rorschach · 3 pointsr/engineering

If you have a chance in school learn to machine. Actually using the mill/lathe makes you appreciate/think about it was designed.

co-op is supposed to make you think about all the things that you are posting about.

Machinery's Handbook is a pretty sweet reference for random things. That said, a lot of your co-workers (most likely newer/younger engineers) may have cheat sheets for common information for screws/nuts/bolts.

> easiest way to machine parts

ask another engineer. Or ask a machinist. skilled technicians usually know whats up.

u/justlikeyouimagined · 3 pointsr/engineering

The Machinery's Handbook. A bit expensive but very practical. Older editions are cheaper and pretty much just as good.

I also like the idea of good quality safety glasses (ANSI Z87.x), but would recommend safety shoes over safety boots. If you are the type of engineer who is mostly at a desk and occasionally goes down to the shop floor, your feet will thank you. There are many kinds that are "office appropriate" but still have the full safety certification.

u/radiorental · 3 pointsr/space

Without knowing too much about the Indian agency I imagine it's basically an engine for research & development. A play straight out of the Kennedy moonshot book that kicked off entire industries. The 'problem' with Skylon as I see it is the continued aftermath of the Thatcherite gutting of engineering R&D combined with the eccentric 'backroom boys' perception Alan Bond has. Just look at the funding, he's a recognised genius but RR, BAE, the government don;t have the balls to throw serious funding at him.

Britain got hooked on the Financial markets, stopped serious funding of science & engineering about 40 years ago.

[Edit] I should also say that you have to remember the Brits are part of the ESA, skylon is essentially a startup looking for funding.

u/a_theist_typing · 3 pointsr/Design

I know it sounds weird to you, but if you read "the design or everyday things" by Don Norman, you will encounter this idea.

The idea that products that you fail to use or make you feel stupid are bad designs and not "operator error."

It's a commonly held belief by designers and it makes more sense than you might think initially.

EDIT: another book even more relevant: this one is just stories of how people died because of bad designs

u/dangersandwich · 3 pointsr/engineering

The best thing I can recommend is Machinery's Handbook, which includes sections on practically everything you would need to reference when producing a first article. Important sections include Tooling, Machining, Manufacturing, and Fasteners. You can essentially use it as a primer on mechanical engineering.

What it does NOT include is stuff outside of mechanical engineering, which you will need to Google for yourself.

u/offwithyourtv · 3 pointsr/userexperience

This probably isn't the most helpful answer, but any resources I might have used to learn the fundamentals myself are probably pretty outdated now. Honestly I'd just try to find highly rated books on Amazon that are reasonably priced. I haven't read this one for psych research methods, but looking through the table of contents, it covers a lot of what I'd expect (ethics, validity and reliability, study design and common methods) and according to the reviews it's clear, concise, and has good stats info in the appendix. I had a similar "handbook" style textbook in undergrad that I liked. For practicing stats, I'm personally more of a learn-by-doing kind of person, and there are some free courses out there like this one from Khan Academy that covers the basics fairly well.

But if you can, take courses in college as electives! Chances are you'll have a few to fill (or maybe audit some if you can't get credit), so go outside of HCDE's offerings to get some complementary skills in research or design. I usually find classrooms to be more engaging than trying to get through a textbook at home on my own, and especially for psych research methods, you'll probably have a project that gives you hands-on experience doing research with human subjects (most likely your peers). There are lots of free online courses out there as well if you aren't able to take them for credit.

You guys are making me miss school.

Getting specifically into UX self-study, in addition to a UX-specific research methods book (this is a newer version of one I read in school) I'd also go through the UX classics like Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things and Emotional Design, Krug's Don't Make Me Think, and Casey's Set Phasers on Stun (this last one being more of a fun read than a practical one).

u/Baeocystin · 3 pointsr/shutupandtakemymoney

You should read the book.

(And no, I'm not kidding!)

u/GearsAndSuch · 3 pointsr/Welding

Also, depending on your skills, equipment, and needs, glass can be superior material to fabricate vacuum systems out of compared to metal. Another good reference:

Building Scientific Apparatus

u/MrVicePresident · 3 pointsr/TrueReddit

Agreed, awesome article that details the importance and consequences of human factors and safety standards. I highly recommend the book 'Set Phasers to Stun' that collects examples of design and engineering oversight.

u/Maleko087 · 3 pointsr/machining

There are TONS of extremely useful references out there, so many in fact that you will probably end up collecting more and more if you stay in the trade. for a start though, here's the shortlist of what you should probably have on hand:

The Machinists Handbook - A must have, doesn't matter what version they all pretty much have the same info -

Technology of Machine Tools - this is the main text that i use in the precision machining technology course that i'm currently taking; it is a hell of a reference -

Blue Print Reading - If you are not well versed in drafting/design, then pick up a copy of this as well as you will find it very useful -

u/joshocar · 3 pointsr/engineering

You are talking mostly about stuff that is covered in a Mechanics of Materials class. This is the book I learned from, but any mechanics of materials book will do. Question (b) is covered in a Machine Design class, so pick up a machine design textbook if you want the theory. If you just want to know which fastener to use I would just pick up this puppy, it has everything you need.

u/midnightauto · 3 pointsr/AskEngineers

you cannot be a machinist without owning one of these

u/GreySoulx · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

zomg I thought it was just me.

I have these books on mechanical movements ( 1800 mechanical movements and 507 mechanical movements ) that I've almost memorized, plus machine tools and how they're made. I also know the basics of how to drill for oil, build a car, and make a transistor.

now I just need to apply it to making a time machine, and I'm set.

u/ILikeBrightLights · 3 pointsr/metalworking

There are dozens of casting processes. It depends on what you're trying to do. Is it commercial or hobbyist? Industrial or artistic? Reusable molds or unique molds? Lost foam? Centrifugal? Carbon Dioxide? Green Sand? Bronze? Aluminum? Steel?

Need a little bit more info, but if your paper is just a general overview of casting processes, you should touch on at least Green Sand, Carbon Dioxide, and Lost Foam casting processes.

edit Here are some good resources. If you're at an engineering or technical college, you should be able to dig up a copy of Degarmo's which has an excellent section on commercial casting. Also, your school ought to have the Machinery's Handbook in their online archives. If not, check the libraries. It's got to be there somewhere.

u/pime · 2 pointsr/MechanicalEngineering

I've worked with some designers who had books like these:

Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices

[507 Mechanical Movements and Designs]

Honestly though, these books might be good bathroom reading, but design comes down to experience. The more problems you solve, and the more things you make, the better your designs will be.

Having been a design engineer for a while now, the absolute best advice I can give you is to talk to the other people who will be using the stuff you design. Starting out, your designs aren't going to be the most elegant. Focus on getting something that is functional.

Then, talk to the machinist who is making the parts. He'll have some advice on what features are difficult to machine, or some features you could include that make your parts easier to manufacture, such as adding a flat surface to use as a datum for machining setups, or "bonus holes" that can be used for lifting or securing the parts on the machine. Maybe if you loosen some tolerances, he can order a piece of mill standard pipe instead of having to hog out a huge piece of round stock. Maybe if you tweak the geometry just a little bit, the part can be made on a manual machine instead of having to wait for the 5 axis CNC to open up.

Talk to the techs who have to operate or maintain the machines. What makes their jobs difficult? They'll know best what parts are hard to access, or which tightly packed assemblies don't have clearances to fit tools in, or what's constantly breaking and needs to be replaced often. They'll show you the "custom made tools" that they improvise so that they can actually work with your equipment.

Talk to the people in procurement, or your suppliers and vendors. Is there cheaper hardware you could use? Maybe switching materials would make it easier to source raw stock. Maybe there's an off-the-shelf coupling you could use instead of machining a custom bracket to join two components. These guys work with lots of other people in your industry, and will gladly share "how the other guy did it".

u/rulester408 · 2 pointsr/engineering

As a metallurgist, I must suggest Welding Metallurgy if you really want to get into it.

u/metarinka · 2 pointsr/Welding

metals and how to weld them is a good book. It's more practical prescriptive knowledge "if you have aluminum do this, if you have brass do that".

Sindo Kou's book welding metallurgy is awesome!
"" Its my go to book for refreshing my brain on welding metallurgy, although that's more technical on the metallurgy of melting stuff if you want to know the engineering side

hobart has a very good book series that is one for each weld process can't seem to recall the titles, I still keep them around when I teach welders. I'll warn you welding is not a trade that can be taught from a book, kinda like painting or sculpture the technique is too complex to really describe.

u/Simonific · 2 pointsr/engineering
u/wankerschnitzel · 2 pointsr/askmeaboutmyjob

Congrats on your first part! You have machined!
I absolutely love it. I have always liked making things and tinkering. I've gotten to make parts for the 7 and the Hornet II, and all sorts of cool things like endoscopes, motorcycles, Campbels soup pumps, satellites. I love the challenge of trying to find the best way to make a brand new thing. It's very rewarding to see it all the way through and have a nice, high quality product at the end. The money is good too.

As for the class, I wouldn't be afraid to be "new". That's what these programs are for. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Even if they seem silly, other people are probably wondering the same things but are afraid to ask.

Notes. Take as many as possible, and try to write them simple enough to recall later. This goes for the job as well. Carry a notepad with you, and while you are being shown something write it down like step by step instructions. I still work out of my notes from 10 years ago.

You may find the massive amounts of technical data overwhelming. Don't worry about. There are many details, and none of them are very complicated. There are just many of them. Take good notes to reference later, and focus on the bigger picture.
What's the best way to make this part? How do I tell the machine to do it?
Memorizing what drill sizes for what taps is like memorizing the phone book. Just keep a phone book, and don't waste your time.
You could get a handbook, and familiarize yourself with how to search it, but most of it won't matter until later on.

It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with names and purposes of equipment and tools. It doesn't hurt to be over prepared, but I think you will do fine regardless. I have trained people that didn't even know what a machine shop is.

I have some notes and cheat sheets that are my go-to day to day references I could copy for you if you want. I have formulas taped to the back of my calculator, and the XYZC coordinate system drawn on the back of my clipboard. If you show up to class with safety glasses, earplugs, notepad, cheat sheets, and calculator in hand, other people will know you mean business.

u/SystemWhisperer · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

Things like this remind me of "...and, last but not least, Set Phasers on Stun, the tragic tale of a medical patient who meets his fate beneath a poorly designed radiotherapy machine in Texas."

Sometimes, I wish I didn't know how the sausage is made.

u/acw10695 · 2 pointsr/millwrights

The Pocket Ref

Pocket Ref 4th Edition

The Machinery's Handbook

Machinery's Handbook, 29th

These two books will get you through about anything you run into.

u/mikeblas · 2 pointsr/electrical

You can get a copy of Machinery's Handbook. It's got everything.

I shop at, and they have tons of reference material.

u/rnaa49 · 2 pointsr/Tools

After reading your description, I finally remembered the black book by that title that people have recommended. Don't have it, but I've got several different machinist's handbooks, such as this one. I collect old editions (50s and 60s), and they all fit into the "handbook drawer" of Kennedy toolboxes.

u/clydex · 2 pointsr/Carpentry

For me, I want to buy my own tools. Maybe not the case for everyone though. If someone were to read my mind though, they would buy me a 24" Crick level. It is wood instead of metal like Stabila. Typically masons use wood levels and carpenters use metal. I do both and prefer wood, plus they have an old school quality look and feel to them.


For a non tool idea there is a cool book that I go back and read every once and a while. It's called Tools of the Trade.

u/ood_lambda · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

507 Mechanical Movements was the original (I think) from 1868. It's a fun book to flip through, especially since it's so cheap. There's a great website that has it all for free, plus well done animations for many of them.

There's also 1800 Mechanical Movements from 1899.

u/iamstuckwiththis · 2 pointsr/AskPhysics

The Art of Electronics is a great resource for practical circuits that are used quite often in laboratories. I would also recommend Building Scientific Apparatus

u/chemical-Bagel · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

I agree with the other posters in that you should use a hose clamp or a tube clamp.

I also agree that you should spend a few hours perusing McMaster and reading the info; same with Misumi. That's how I learned about lots of different hardware.

As far as books: Machinery's Handbook is the gold standard for mechanical design. It contains tons of information you use day-to-day in design and gives your references if you need to research further. I suggest you procure a copy and keep it forever.

u/moraisaf · 2 pointsr/statistics
u/EagleFalconn · 2 pointsr/askscience

>Are most glassy systems polymers?

I would say that the ones that most people interact with are likely polymers. That said, there are lots of small molecule glasses. For example: OLEDs are made by using thin layers of organic molecules, like the screens of some Samsung phones. These layers are glasses made from these organic molecules.

Glasses also tend to dissolve faster than their crystalline counterparts (as opposed to having higher solubility, which they do not) and so some drug manufacturers are beginning to deliver drugs in the glassy state.

>And do structural glasses have any features in common with spin-glasses?

None that I'm aware of, but I also do not follow much of the spin-glass literature, beyond simple Ising model pictures.

>Are there any good textbooks (like advanced undergrad level) that cover glass systems?

I don't know of any off hand. Chapter 12 of Heimenz and Lodge discusses glassy polymers, and much of the phenomenology carries over to small molecule and network glasses like silica. But I don't know of any books dedicated just to glasses.

u/schiffty1 · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Tools of the Trade. Don't know if there's a large print but I think he would enjoy this book.

u/fateisinexorable · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers
u/andrewdroth · 2 pointsr/videos

I bought this book a few weeks ago, and I am mesmerized by these kind of mechanisms.

I was thinking about starting a YouTube channel, where I model the mechanisms in the book, and make animations of them in operation. I just wasn't sure if there was an audience for that sort of thing.

Due to the popularity of this post, I've decided that there is, and will start shortly.

u/karabeckian · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Check this out. This is an awesome book explaining basic carpentry hand tools from a master carpenter turned writer. Also get an industrial supply catalog like Grainger and keep it in the bathroom to help learn technical jargon.

u/thach47 · 2 pointsr/Machinists

Any edition would probably work for what you need. The newest looks to be this 29th edition, but I've got an older 24th that I've used in the past. Whatever you can find cheaper and better quality! If you can't find it at the library, i would seriously consider buying your own copy. For me, ever since getting into this trade, i cant seem to find enough time in the day to absorb (and retain!) all the information out there to improve my own ability around the shop!

What are you mostly running? manual machines or any CNC?

u/RoosterUnit · 2 pointsr/IndustrialDesign is a good place to look. Plus they have downloadable cad files for most of their hardware.

If you find a good book, let me know. This One and This one are OK, but they don't really work as a quick reference.

u/Chuck_Steak · 2 pointsr/Welding

Its not all welding, but the machinest handbook is about the best refrence for everything mechanical you will run into.

u/Dielectric · 2 pointsr/KerbalSpaceProgram

For further reading I can highly recommend the book "Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin"
There is a long chapter on Black Arrow, plus other great stories (such as David Braburn creating Elite on the BBC Micro, Corncorde etc)

u/DrewSmithee · 1 pointr/MechanicalEngineering

I'm thinking a copy of machinery's handbook and a calculator?

Link b/c mobile: Machinery's Handbook, Toolbox Edition

u/retardrabbit · 1 pointr/todayilearned

A truly excellent book. It was one of the textbooks for my Human Factors classes in college.

EDIT: a link

u/Apprentice57 · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

This is the best regarded textbook on the subject:

You can make do with an older version/ebook, of course.

And of course, you're welcome!

u/heronmark · 1 pointr/Welding

I've always had to use this one in school:

I don't think it will have much about pipe bending though.

u/eclectro · 1 pointr/Art

Actually No. 2 just describes the hardness, and nothing else. But pencils have been evolving a lot over the years. For an interesting (but a little dry) history you can read the book "The Pencil." BTW I didn't downvote you!

u/sciolizer · 1 pointr/IAmA

Cool idea. If you go into business with multiple friends, you can look at the cake-cutting book for other ways to set up the contract.

u/RocketJory · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

Well the best answer is definitely what Tigrinus posted. To add my two cents here are a couple of books I've read that are super interesting, without being textbooks:

The essential engineer

Why things break

Machinery's handbook

Machinery's handbook is pretty much the bible for Mechanical Engineers. It covers everything from materials sciences to types of measurements to machining and component sizing.

u/skholm552 · 1 pointr/MechanicalEngineering

Although not used to structure my work, my most referenced book is machinery handbook

Machinery's Handbook, 29th

Other than that to be honest I just google, most times it's quicker. Of course trust but verify your source.

u/hantif · 1 pointr/3Dprinting

Modelling the gears may be easier if you have the specification. Find a copy of ( and look in the section about gears for the spacing and angle of the gears. I own an old copy that stays on the shelf above my lathe- great reference for when I have to reproduce a broken part.

u/mprhusker · 1 pointr/EngineeringStudents

If you want to learn the theory then check out this book. You can probably find an older edition with most of the content for cheaper. Just know that most mechanical engineering literature is going to run you through a bunch of complicated equations and complex theory as opposed to just explaining how something works.

u/mostthingsweb · 1 pointr/LifeProTips
u/dibsODDJOB · 1 pointr/Design

I'd check out Don Norman's writings, maybe starting with Design of Everyday Things (AKA The psychology of Everyday Things).

Other books that lead you closer to Human Factors might be books like Set Phasers on Stun: or reading about the various HF Societies

u/Spacey_G · 1 pointr/gifs

I don't know about a subreddit (and you shouldn't necessarily trust things that people write on the internet about machining) but this is a good place to start:

u/loonatic112358 · 1 pointr/cad

one, talk to the machinists or the shops you plan to use, they can tell you a lot.

two, pickup a copy of the machinery handbook and a book on design for manufacturing

u/Jimmy_Goose · 1 pointr/statistics

Montgomery is the standard text for statistical experimental design. (I have the 7th ed and it is a pretty good book.)

I would suggest the same suggestions to Machine Learning already suggested.

Intro to Stat Learning is the Undergrad / MS Level book

Elements of Stat Learning the the Late MS Level / PhD book.

u/BrianCalves · 1 pointr/bioinformatics

Building Scientific Apparatus (ISBN 0521878586) does not speak to your question, directly, but it might stimulate your creativity.

I haven't reviewed the book, yet, so I cannot recommend it. It's something that I've been intending to investigate.

The /r/bioinformatics community seems to equate bioinformatics with sequence analysis. I prefer to conceive of bioinformatics a little more broadly than that. However, with respect to Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Intel Galileo, my mind does tend to go first to do-it-yourself laboratory equipment, as /u/todeedee suggested.

u/chaos-atZero · 1 pointr/3Dprinting

Mechanisms like what would be found in this book:

507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices

(Dover Science Books)

Where could I purchase gears online?

u/15ykoh · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

Did you mean 'Machinist's handbook'? Also, if anyone of you are planning to give it a read, I believe there are legally gray copies that are significantly cheaper on sites like ebay. Cough cough.

u/Nine_Divines · 1 pointr/Machinists

Here's what you're looking for.

This site also has a lot of great info.

u/DaffGrind · 1 pointr/AskPhysics

I've never tried that book. I think my intro to polymers class used this one. It's a good overview of the basics of polymer science (despite the name it's more physics than chemistry). It assumes that you know the basics of elasticity, thermo, and o-chem. But you don't actually have to remember o-chem to understand it as it only covers the polymerization reactions as general catagories.) If I may ask, are you starting a new job? Or just reading up on polymers?

u/JVonDron · 1 pointr/metalworking

> how much are they?

Yes, you could spend all 9k of that without even blinking. Whatever you spend, expect to double that cost with tooling and things to make your machine do all kinds of different work.

> what are the best manufactures

It's a bit of a mixed bag. If you're looking to buy new, your basic choices are new Asian import or old iron. Standard Modern is Canadian, Emco and Lion is European, and I believe Monarch and Hardringe still make lathes every now and then - all for between $16 and $80k, way out of your price range. CNC won't talk to you unless you're into the 5 digits either.

South Bend is made in Taiwan now, along with Grizzly, Precision Matthews, Baileigh, and others - mostly from the same factories with different paint jobs. They are pretty good machines and can get you started. But the other option is finding an old lathe on Craigslist or through an industrial dealer and getting that going again. A lot of them are still very precise machines that need a little TLC, and if you're diligent in your search, you could end up with an amazing machine for practically scrap metal prices.

> Is it possible to get it down a flight of stairs?

You can get anything down a flight of stairs, whether it's usable at the bottom is the harder question. Unless it's a hobby size lathe, you're not going to be carrying it down. They get really heavy very fast. But with proper precautions, ramps, levers, come-alongs, and chains, people have safely lowered machines weighing half a ton and more into their basements. How much of that you're willing to attempt is on you.

> how easy are they to use

I won't lie, there's a steep learning curve, and you'll never know everything. First step is to get [Machinery's Handbook] (, look it over, and as confusing as that thing is, it is commonly referred to as THE BIBLE. Otherwise, become a sponge and lurk forums, watch youtube videos, and read up.

If I were you, I'd get as much machine as you can afford, keeping one eye on the used market. Also, I'd look into getting a mill as well, then you'll be practically unstoppable in the shop.

u/DeCortez10 · 1 pointr/engineering

I just finished a class about various manufacturing process and we used this book It covers casting, forging, plastic processes, a bunch of others, and the advantages of each.

u/nd2fe14b · 1 pointr/Welding

Your coworker was suggesting Welding Metallurgy by Sindo Kou, however I have no idea what type of material would be on the CWE exam.

Good luck to you!

u/coolplate · 1 pointr/Design

I'm in a similar position. I'm working on a PhD in Electrical Engineering, so that boat has pretty much sailed for me. I LOVE manufacturing processes and design. I hear these two books are good:
Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design

Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals

I might want to do a post of my own to see if I can get some advice for myself. Does anyone have ideas of how I can get into product design? I'm interested in things such as those that are posted on Yanko Design.

u/snookums · 1 pointr/history

A printing press and chest of books. At least one would be on paper making techniques. The other would be this. That's really all that would be necessary. I firmly believe that the printing press alone is responsible for the sudden rise of modern society.

u/sayacunai · 1 pointr/chemistry
Fennema is a really good technical resource about food chemistry.

u/nanan00 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Go buy a copy of The Machinery's Handbook and forget about 2/3 of what you learned in school.

u/dontmindthisguy · 1 pointr/pics
u/robotobo · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

I received this book for Christmas a few years ago and thought it was really cool.

u/a10killer · 1 pointr/userexperience

Set phasers on stun is the staple human factors book and exemplifies why proper ux is so important to product design.

u/onetruelord72 · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Depends on what element of Ronson you liked, but of things I recently read...

Private Island by James Meek is a more literary on-the-ground bit of about the unseen effects of privatisation in the UK

Backroom Boys by Francis Spufford is a kind of history of ideas collection of essays but with a sense of humour and based on interesting characters (it's about British science since WW2)

u/ChaosKnight127 · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue
u/energy_engineer · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

I graduated within the past decade. I took a Manufacturing class - it was an elective. It included "lab" time that was spent in a machine shop. I also took a "Product Design and Rapid Prototyping" class - also an elective. Did some rapid tooling and other parts of product development.

I learned how to use a lathe, mill, etc. while at an internship (before I took that class).

The trend here - there was no requirement to learn how to use the tools that you may one day design parts for. I had to go out and do that myself.

> Also, can anyone recommend some resources for somebody looking to learn more about basic machining/manufacturing techniques?

I am shocked no one else has mentioned Machinery's Handbook.. That is the book for machining. Mfr techniques gets into the realm of DFM which is a little more in depth than knowing how to use a machine.

u/Teet73 · 1 pointr/metalworking
u/abadonn · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

I really enjoyed the history of the pencil, interesting history of a banal object.

u/fabiensanglard · 1 pointr/programming

If you enjoyed Masters of Doom you will probably enjoy a chapter of Backroom Boys. History of Elite video game programming all with random world generation. An other illustration of a technological breakthrough. The snippet from guardian website here will probably convince you.

u/ndkohlman · 1 pointr/Machinists

Pick up the Machinerys Hand Book or machinists bible as its known. It has detailed breakdown of the SAE/AISI numbers and their makeup.

u/jaaz42 · 0 pointsr/LifeProTips

What if there are 3 people? Or 4?

Ok, how about a book dedicated to this subject that uses this idea and extends it to voting?


And another book: