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The Geometry of Sheet Metal Work Paperback – 5 Oct 1987
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I get a lot of stick off some the old guy's about how the younger lot don't have a clue about marking out etc.
So being a bit of a cocky one, I have decided to up my game a little and prove to the old gang that there is someone 40years younger than them who can quite happily mark out quite a complex shape just like they can ;)
Not only will I be able to keep the older gang quite with a little more respect, but this will also develop my skills as a good sheet metal worker.
After reading a few other reviews about this book, I decided to look past the quite horrifying price and press the ole buy button.
When it arrived, i thought it was kinda small and the print inside a little 'sketchy' all still legible but with that price I would have thought a little better.
However, after spending an hour or so flicking through, I have come to appreciate my purchase! all I can say is wow! this book covers so much more than I would have thought. The way the book is written starts of with the basics and progresses through to more complex patterns and shapes. It also shows how several techniques can be used to make a pattern, triangulation on one part and parallel line one the other. By combining these techniques you should be able to think more efficiently about how to draw your pattern, or even make a really complex shape by deconstructing parts of it. like taking apart a puzzle.
I am just starting through it however I know this will improve my skills no end so it is worth its weight in gold. Its a bit of a hard read, but i'm getting there. I recommend this book to anyone who is in the sheet metal business and maybe has some old timers that need a little quieting down. It should almost be a compulsory study for anyone who's business involves marking out patterns. Just stick with it.
Dickason wrote this book back in the days when all you had was a trammel bar, rule and set of dividers to mark out patterns for the obects to be constructed.
The book starts with the Radial line method of development and then moves onto the Paralled line method and then the Triangulation method. He covers the three methods three times introducing increasingly harder problems along the way. Each time elucidating a new concept. The next section is on the Method of Cutting Planes which is required for determining the joint lines between say a cone and a cyclinder. Until you have determined the joint line you can not develop the patterns required for each item. He has a section on Branch and Junction pieces and a section on Unusual Problems. He then finishes the book with a chapter on the two difficult subjects of Double Projection and Twisted Surfaces.
Throughout the book the often complex drawings are complimented with instructional text. There is a good Table of Contents and reasonable Index.
This book is not for the faint of heart as it requires much study but that is the nature of the subject and not the authors fault.
This also indicates why so many within the industry have a limited understanding of the various methods of development and when to use which method. Unfortunately it is most difficult to teach spatial perception. If you cannot visualize it you won't be able to make it.
Just a small note here about the authors other books which are once again of good instructional quality. He has written "Sheetmetal Drawing and Pattern Development"(ISBN 0-582-99482-90), "The Calulation of Sheetmetal Work", and "The Technology of Sheetmetal Work". All very good books in there own right. The second book on development is in his words "supplementary" to this book and is equally brilliant.
If you want to do any serious pattern development then this is certainly one of the few places to start. Dickason is an expert with a difficult subject and knew his subject very well.
It has to have a minimum 5 stars as it has very few peers.
Whenever we needed to remind ourselves how to mark out a particular job ,the Dickason was a must, espiecially for the more difficult methods like, e.g. cutting planes. It covers every aspect of sheetmetal work, parallel line,radial line, triangulation, to name but three.
Even today where patterns are now printed out by computer the Dickason is always there for reassurance and is a must for the development and training of all sheetmetal apprentices.
Alan Quinn, sheetmetal worker, MSF Union, Manchester Branch.
I would reccomend this book to all trade apprentices within the pipeworking and sheetmetalworking industry.
If you do, you'll pick up some really good techniques for when you're not by your computer and can't just CAD it up!
The downsides are, the line drawings are not brilliantly reproduced, and take some close examination to figure out, but apart from that, every keen sheet metal guy/girl should have a copy.
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