Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades

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9780130777270: Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades

Being able to read and correctly interpret a blueprint is a necessary skill in the industrial world today. Designed in a workbook format, this newely revised 6th edition manual begins with the basics of blueprint reading and progresses to visualization and then to multi-view drawings. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, it includes charts, tables, a glossary of terms, and a mathematics appendix to help students comprehend material. This edition features expanded coverage of GDT, more information on profile tolerances and drawings produced in CAD. Designed for those in a manufacturing trade, this is a straightforward resource that helps prepare students to enter the industrial field of work. For individuals learning a manufacturing trade, such as machine operator, general machinist, and tool and die machinist.

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This self-contained text is designed to be the only manual any student will need to learn the skills necessary to read manufacturing blueprints. Beginning with the basics of blueprint reading, the book presents each topic in a clear, straightforward manner so that no prior knowledge is necessary in order to understand the subject. The charts, tables, and glossary of terminology provided are all the source material a student needs to successfully complete the course work.

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The revised sixth edition of this classic blueprint reading text provides students and professional machinists with the background needed to understand blueprints and quality standards. This book combines principles with real-world exercises using authentic plans. Simple blueprints are introduced, and then new features are added to them to create increasingly complex drawings as the reader’s understanding grows.


Key features include:

  • Updated text and illustrations reflecting the latest practices
  • Additional drawings with SI measurements
  • Blueprints recreated using Computer-Sided Design (CAD)
  • Current standards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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