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Manual of Engineering Drawing: Technical Product Specification and Documentation to British and International Standards Paperback – 9 Apr 2009

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This book has been produced in an easy to understand way. The text and diagrams are clear and well laid out. I have found that it has details on a whole range of subjects, from basics to the more advanced. The topics cover a wide range of areas in engineering and similar disciplines so making this good value for money. (...)

This book would be a great addition to resources of any department which uses technical drawings. (...)

I would recommend this book to all who are studying engineering at whichever level.

-- Richard Croydon, Engineering Lecturer

About the Author

Colin H. Simmons is an international engineering standards consultant and a member of numerous BSI and ISO committees dealing with technical product documentation and specifications. He is a former practising mechanical design engineer and author of many publications on engineering drawing, product specification and standards.

Dennis E. Maguire was a design engineer and senior lecturer at Southall College, UK.


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I've previously bought the 1st and 2nd edition, and just borrowed a colleagues 3rd edition to see if it's worth me buying the 'update'. I'm actually quite shocked that considering the claims on the cover it's still way out of date. If you're a student or working (particularly mechanical or civil/structural) draughtsman, or a CAD manager and are after a draughting reference - do not buy this book! The example production drawings continue to contain errors that would have them fail at checking, e.g. using both comma and full-stop as the decimal marker (on the same drawing!) - 11 years after the comma became the decimal marker (i.e. full stop not to be used). The section on welding omits the dual reference line (the default unless indicating symmetrical welds). On a more general note it is still padded out with material irrelevant to student or working draughtsman, or CAD or drawing office managers. The sections on adhesives and bearings should be in a design manual - and how many 'CAD' guys want or need to know about grooving of plain bearings? The screenshots and photographs certainly haven't been updated - wireframe dragonfly (relevance to engineering?) and 1970's permed haircuts. I've also yet to need to know the address of the standards bureau of Trinidad and Tobago or Zimbabwe - or any other country for that matter! In conclusion, the authors have had enough of my money - I'll continue to refer directly to the relevant standards.
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In reviewing this book I realised how my A level drawing was leant towards mechanical engineering rather than any other engineering discipline. Which is as it should be. Mechanical engineering would have been the first recognisable discipline. Engineer comes from those who are capable of driving and servicing engines. This book unfortunately doesn't encompass those other disciplines and their diversities. It really should be titled "Manual of Mechanical Engineering Drawing". Electrical and structural engineering require their own individual manuals.
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Edit: I originally said (January 2011) that there wasn't any images or figures in the eBook. But I've just checked the eBook again (December 2012) and the images and figures are now present. I'm not sure if the images didn't download properly the first time I read it or if they've updated it since then.

I thought I would edit my review in case it would prevent anyone else purchasing it. I've not had a proper read through it because it is no longer relevant for me, for that reason I'm not really reviewing the content as much I would have done. But from a quick glance it does look promising. It contains around 36 chapters ranging from 'Drawing office management' to 'Drawing Standards' to constructing ellipses, arcs, etc. So for that reason I've since changed my rating from 2 to 4 stars.
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This book is a must have for any draughtsman or drawing office employee. The up-to-date standards provide an invaluable reference to determine suitable drawing properties to meet ISO standards such as line weight, lettering size, appropriate dimensionsing, appropriate tolerancing among many other properties.

There is so much more to this book than detailed above but im tired and its time to go to bed.

If you are a draughtsman - buy this book!
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