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Design Is The Problem by Nathan Shedroff

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CHAPTER 6

Designers can have a tremendous impact on the type and quality of materials used in products since they regularly specify materials in order to realize their designs. Often, more sustainable materials can be substituted for less sustainable or even toxic ones without much disruption in the manufacturing process. Sometimes, these materials can also lead to energy, resource, and time savings, as well as reduced liability and risk. However, not all materials can be replaced, particularly in electronic components. Also, different materials will have differing performance and may introduce new issues that affect quality, reliability, and manufacturing. So designers need ...

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