To borrow a cliché, fabricating has a lot of moving pieces. That’s why Fabricating For Dummies is broken up into bite-sized ones. Part 1 provides a high-level overview of the different fabricating processes, the metals used in those processes, along with a little bit of metalworking history (but don’t let that scare you). Part 2 dives deeper into the specifics of punch presses, stampers, and other fabricating equipment, while Part 3 talks about auxiliary topics such as automation, welding, and software. And of course, no For Dummies book would be complete without a Part of Tens, which in this case offers advice and information on a variety of manufacturing areas.
All in all, Fabricating For Dummies covers half a dozen or so distinct metalworking processes, along with measuring, painting, grinding, tool making, and a little machine-tool programming. There’s even a little history inside, but you can skip those parts if you really don’t care about the accomplishments of others.
I hope that’s not true, though, because where would we be without Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Alfred E. Neuman (What? Me worry?), and all the other important people without whom modern society wouldn’t exist. The same goes for the men and women who work in our manufacturing plants every day, who bend, shape, cut, and assemble the products that make our lives safe and comfortable. You guys and gals are the best.