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Technical Drawing [Hardcover]

Frederick E. Giesecke , Alva E. Mitchell , Henry C. Spencer , Ivan L. Hill , John Thomas Dygdon , James E. Novak , Shawna E. Lockhart
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13 May 2008 0135135273 978-0135135273 13

For courses in Engineering Graphics/Technical Drawing and Drafting/Technical Sketching.


This authoritative text provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to Technical Drawing and provides instruction to help students create 2D drawings by hand or by using Computer-Aided Drafting. It provides excellent technical detail, up-to-date standards, real-world examples and clearly explained theory and techniques


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  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 13 edition (13 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135135273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135135273
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 20.6 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,971,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Twelfth Edition of Technical Drawing continues to offer the strongest coverage of basic graphics principles. Edition after edition, this text serves as the authoritative source on the subject. With this new edition, we have acted upon the requests of 10 reviewers and 75 survey respondents to improve certain aspects of this book while preserving its core presentation.

In particular. the new edition features:

  • New Instructor System: Contains Instructor's Resource Guide in bath hardcopy and MS Word files. 400 question concept testbank in hardcopy in MS Word, pdf files of text art, MS PowerPoint slides of key figures, and AutaGAD files of solutions.
  • Updated to contain over 35 large format, Flash and Windows Media Player animations of concepts keyed to sections/figures in the text, Self-Grading Concept Questions—T/F, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions for each chapter. Essay Review Questions—answer questions from the text on-line and email to an instructor. Reference Chapters an Graphs, alignment Charts, Empirical Equations and Graphical Mathematics, Glossary of Terms, Chapter Summaries and Objectives, Links—a robust links section on GAD and technical drawing, PowerPoint/PDF files of art from the text; and Edrawings—a new solid modeling technology that lets you view, rotate, and annotate solid models without any special software.
  • New four-color signature of key drawing techniques/illustrations
  • Content Updates throughout including many new Graphics Spotlight features on topics such as idea generation. Internet drawing communication, and using graphics to design surfboards.
  • New Drawings problems at the end of many chapters and new screen captures throughout the book.
  • All art completely rechecked far accuracy.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 8 April 2003
This is a well-written and illustrated book with several useful references to different CAD packages.
It is a useful tool for answering many technical drawing questions.
One word of warning thought, it is written to American (ANSI) regulations, rather than British (BSI or ISO) standards, and thus quotes from American standards rather than European equivalents
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best text books ever written... 4 Oct 1997
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This text was the basic drafting manual that I used during my technical education; its use did not end with school, however, since I refer to it frequently in my occupation. It tells everything that needs to be explained and described in the general drawing problems that might be encountered in industrial practice. It contains excellent descriptions and illustrations for: Drawing Threads, Fasteners & Springs Geometric Constructions Clear, Concise instructions in using Drafting Instruments, (before the time of Computer Aided Drafting & Desing, in any case). An Excellent overview of the Industrial Design & Development Process, (which I wish my supervisors would read). Sectional Drawing. This book is to drafting what Machinery's Handbook, of the Industrial Press, is to the metal working industries. There are a variety of Drafting Textbooks available, but none are incrementally better, let alone drasticaly better.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true value of this book . . . 9 Aug 2005
By Fuller Stallworth, IT Infrastructure Analyst - Published on
I can only speculate that this book is, as was one of the previous editions I've read, used and loved, is bound to provide an exceptional foundational education in the skill of technical (engineering design) drawing/drafting for those with the natural aptitude for freehand drawing. Readers will indeed learn about and develop precision drawing skills--whether drawing with instruments or computer.

The true value of this book is in its ability to guide and therefore transform the natural artist's raw talent into that of a professional grade design artist--capable of rendering technical depictions, representations, or designs, at any time, with little effort, and without error. As with learning to walk, this of course takes time, patience, and practice.

I have personally witnessed the struggles of many whom, having necessity to complete a course of study based upon this book, were ill-suited by their own admission for the discipline required of the eye, hand, and attention (or mind) as demanded by the capable sketch artist--to say nothing of the trained detail design drafter.

If realizing the instructional value of Technical Drawing, 12th edition, seems to come at great pain and effort, the obvious question clearly becomes one of aptitude for drawing. However, while the aptitude for drawing is extremely beneficial, proficiency in technical drawing can still be achieved by sheer tenacity.

Technical Drawing, 12th edition, as with previous editions, is therefore highly recommended for the tenacious engineer, designer and drafter. It has stood the test of time as a solid component of engineering design instruction in this nation's premiere academic institutions.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with inaccurately dimensioned exercises! 21 May 2009
By Here in the Bay Area - Published on
When originally published, this decades old book had exercises dimensioned in inches only. When the authors decided to include some exercises with metric dimensions, they reused old drawings, converted the measurements from inches to millimeters, rounded off to one decimal place, and DID NOT CHECK FOR ACCURACY. Every chapter has exercises with inaccurately dimensioned drawings.

My AutoCAD teacher has taught this class for 27 years. Years ago he wrote the authors with corrections. Nevertheless, each new edition reproduced the same errors. My instructor gave up trying to get the authors to correct their work.

As an AutoCAD student, I find the sloppiness of this book appalling. Technical drafting requires a high degree of accuracy. The whole point of drafting is precision, whether you're building a house, designing a chip, or modeling an object. This is like a color theory book published with only three out of the four colors necessary for full color.

I paid a premium for the latest edition, the 13th. Don't make the same mistake! Try to find an old edition, published by the original Giesecke, with dimensions in inches only. As my teacher explained in disgust, every new edition costs a lot more for no additional value. The 13th edition has full color photographs, and for that I paid an extra $25 over the 12th. One of my classmates has a 5th edition with only line drawings, no photos, no color, but IT HAS ACCURATE DRAWINGS. It would probably cost a lot less than the $80+ I paid for the 13th edition, too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text for technical drawing 22 Mar 2008
By Julian Gardner - Published on
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This book is an excellent reference for anyone needing an introduction to or a reference for technical drawing. Most of the content concerning machine component drawings are geared (no pun intended) more toward traditional methods for technical drawings (i.e. compass, ruler and pencil), but the methods given are well suited to modern computer-oriented methods of solid modeling. Engineers in the manufacturing industry will find it especially useful, as it can be a helpful reference for weldment drawings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great examples that work poorly 2 Mar 2008
By SW guy - Published on
The thing this book does best is demonstrate the inferiority of 2D drafting when compared with 3D modeling. In several parts, the 2D documentation of the parts glosses over some of the more complex implications, and simply leaves it to someone else downstream to figure out. If you try to build some of the example parts in 3D, you see that the dimensions in probably 40% of the parts I worked through simply don't add up.

Shouldn't the book at least describe the concept of draft on example parts that are for the most part cast and forged parts? Some of the example parts become extremely difficult if you consider draft.

Also there is the combination of some very dated material with some semi-modern entries, especially when covering computer hardware. This kind of thing is almost impossible to cover in a published hardcopy because the computer hardware has gone through two generations between writing and distribution of the book.

On the plus side, it does have some nice examples, but this is far from complete if it is being used to prepare college students for jobs in the 2000's.
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