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on 25 June 2011
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 I'm actually quite shocked that considering the claims on the cover it's still way out of date.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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