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SME Releases Sixth Edition of Manufacturing Textbook Classic "Fundamentals of Tool Design"

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1 SME Dr., P.O. Box 930
Dearborn, MI, 48121

Press release date: May 6, 2010

New Digital Rights Licensing for Book and DVDs also Announced

DEARBORN, Mich., May 6, 2010 - Manufacturing practitioners, designers, educators, and students have been using the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' textbook classic "Fundamentals of Tool Design" for more than 40 years to gain an in-depth understanding of all the factors that impact tool success.

"As the go-to source for reliable manufacturing knowledge, SME is pleased to mark the continuing widespread use of this book as a key text for students, designers and practitioners," said Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director & general manager of SME. "The sixth edition is further enhanced by the inclusion of a sampler DVD with video clips from the "Fundamentals for Tool Design" Video Series. The availability of digital rights licensing for the series makes the programs the perfect complement to study online, delivering the concrete knowledge needed to spark innovation and resolve complex tooling challenges."

The table of contents for the fully illustrated sixth edition includes: General Tool Design; Materials Used for Tooling; Cutting Tool Design; Workholding Concepts; Jig Design; Fixture Design; Power Presses; Die Design and Operation; Inspection and Gage Design; Tool Design for Joining Processes; Modular and Automated Tool Handling; Computer Applications in Tool Design; and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.

Among the updates, readers will find:

  • Revised geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) information to include ASME Y14.5-2009
  • An Instructor's Guide with answers to the review questions in the book and information on how to incorporate the DVDs into classroom or online instruction
  • Expanded broaching examples and concepts
  • Revised tool material, mechanical definitions and reference tables
  • In-depth review of bushing applications
  • New appendices provide sources for tool design components, related websites and handy GD&T reference charts
  • More review questions at the end of each chapter

    The book and nine DVDs are available as a package or individually to serve both educational and professional needs. And with the new opportunity for digital rights licensing, manufacturers or shops with 50 or more employees can integrate the textbook and DVDs on a private and secure corporate Intranet. "This is a great option if your shop is looking for ways to standardize tooling training. It's also a handy reference for problem-solving on the manufacturing floor," adds Tomlinson.

    "Fundamentals of Tool Design," 6th Edition is published by SME, copyright 2010, edited by John Nee, 464 pages, hardcover with sampler DVD, ISBN 13: 978-087263-867-7, Product ID: BK10PUB2, book price: $110, SME member price: $90.

    The nine DVDs are available individually ($110, SME Members: $99) or as a package (Product ID: PK09PUB3, $899, SME Members: $799). The series includes: "Tool Materials" (Product ID: DV07PUB1), "Cutting Tool Design" (Product ID: DV07PUB2), "Fixture Design" (Product ID: DV07PUB3), "Progressive Die Design" (Product ID: DV07PUB4), "Gaging & Inspection Tool Design" (Product ID: DV07PUB5), "Computer-Aided Design" (Product ID: DV08PUB2), "Rapid Tooling Design" (Product ID: DV08PUB3), "Composite Tooling Design" (Product ID: DV08PUB4), and "Troubleshooting Tool & Die Making" (Product ID: DV08PUB5).

    Order online by visiting or call 800.733.4763. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call: 313.425.3000, ext. 4500. Purchase order or check - mail order request to Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Resource Center, P.O. Box 6028, Dearborn, MI, 48121, or fax to 313.425.3401. For Digital Rights Licensing, call 800.733.4763 or e-mail for quotes.

    EDUCATORS AND MEDIA: To request a review copy of the book, please e-mail

    About SME:

    Founded in 1932, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking.Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, oil and gas and alternative energy. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

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