A very good introductory book about Mechanical Design is:
- Skakoon J.G., The Elements of Mechanical Design, ASME Press, 2008.
It can be bought at Lucid (study association Industrial Design) or lent from the university library.
Main rules from this book:
Create designs that are explicitly simple - keep complexity intrinsic
Keep the functions of a design independent from one another
Use exact constraint when designing structures and mechanisms. Never overconstrain a design!
- Plan the load path in parts, structures and assemblies.
Triangulate parts and structures to make them stiffer
- Avoid bending stresses. Prefer tension and compression.
Improve designs with self-help.
Manage friction in mechanisms. Use friction deliberately or avoid it.
Mechanical Design presentation
Other good books are:
- Rosielle P.C.J.N., Constructieprincipes voor het nauwkeurig bewegen en positioneren, lecture notes 4C620, TU Eindhoven (in Dutch).
- Koster M.P., Constructieprincipes voor het nauwkeurig bewegen en positioneren, Uitgeverij Universiteit Twente, 1996 (in Dutch).
- Beitz W., Kuettner K.H., Dubbel Taschenbuch fuer den Maschinenbau, Springer Verlag (in German).
- Leijendeckers P.H.H.et al., Poly-Technisch Zakboekje, Reed Business Information, 2005 (in Dutch).
Cross N., Engineering Design Methods, Strategies for Product Design, John Wiley & Sons, 1995.
Rosielle's lecture notes and Koster's book are about the principles of Mechanical Design. Both are very good but in Dutch.
Dubbel is the "bible" of Mechanical Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. It is called a pocket book but it is so complete it does not fit in your pocket anymore.
The book of Leijendeckers is a small book covering a lot of things of engineering in general not just Mechanical Engineering.
The book of Nigel Cross covers the more general topics about design methodologies.