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    Reverse Engineering: Mechanisms, Structures, Systems & Materials

    By: Robert Messler

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    A comprehensive look at reverse engineering as a legitimate learning, design, and troubleshooting tool

    This unique book examines the often underappreciated and occasionally maligned technique of reverse engineering. More than a shortcut for the lazy or unimaginative to reproduce an artless copy of an existing creation, reverse engineering is an essential brick – if not a keystone – in the pathway to a society’s technological advancement.

    Written by an engineer who began teaching after years in industry, Reverse Engineering reviews this meticulous analytical process with a breadth and depth as never before. Find out how to:

    Learn by “mechanical dissection”

    Deduce the role, purpose, and functionality of a designed entity

    Identify materials-of-construction and methods-of-manufacture by observation alone

    Assess the suitability of a design to purpose from form and fit

    The rich heritage of engineering breakthroughs enabled by reverse engineering is also discussed. This is not a dry textbook. It is the engaging and enlightening account of the journey of engineering from the astounding creations of ancient cultures to what, with the aid of reverse engineering, promises to be an even more astounding future!

    Coverage includes:

    Methods of product teardown

    Failure analysis and forensic engineering

    Deducing or inferring role, purpose, and functionality during reverse engineering

    The Antikythera mechanism

    Identifying materials-of-construction

    Inferring methods-of-manufacture or -construction

    Construction of Khufu’s pyramid

    Assessing design suitability

    Value and production engineering

    Reverse engineering of materials and substances

    Reverse engineering of broken, worn, or obsolete parts for remanufacture

    The law and the ethics of reverse engineering

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