Blueprint Reading Basics: Manufacturing Print Reading / Edition 3

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Written by a seasoned professional with more than 50 years experience in manufacturing, the new third edition of this widely used text and self-training manual has been expanded to include many new and revised worksheets designed to facilitate the reader's ability to form a mental picture from a drawing. Blueprint Reading Basics reviews the subject in great detail using many illustrations and examples, as well as thoroughly reviewing all other aspects of print reading. It includes industry standards, practices, and copies of industrial prints throughout, providing a balanced presentation of blueprint reading theory and industry applications. And it is the perfect text for students taking blueprint reading, machine shop, or tool and die courses, as well as machinists, mechanics, technicians, and inspectors.

  • Each chapter thoroughly covers one subject and contains an introduction, a detailed review of the subject, illustrations, review questions, and worksheets with short and specific questions.
  • Many worksheets can be completed after studying one subject, meaning they can be reviewed before studying the entire chapter.
  • Discussions of mathematics, engineering theories, drafting techniques and machine shop practices are kept to a minimum.
  • All exercises can be used as teaching aids and have been classroom tested.
  • Stresses practical concerns through questions designed to reinforce techniques of calculating dimensions. Written in a nontechnical and easy-to-understand manner.
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Editorial Reviews

This text/workbook for a one- or two-semester course in print reading can also be used for self-study. Each chapter focuses on one subject and includes an introduction, a detailed review, illustrations, review questions, and worksheets. Discussions of related subjects, such as mathematics, engineering, and machine shop practices, are kept to a minimum. Industry practices and standards, and copies of industrial prints, are included throughout. Most exercises require calculating dimensions, but do not require special skills such as freehand drawing. This third edition contains new worksheets. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780831131258
  • Publisher: Industrial Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2001
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 111,467
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

  • The Basics of Blueprints
  • The Reading of Blueprints
  • The Lines and Views of Blueprints
  • The Total Blueprint
  • Dimensions
  • Tolerances
  • Surface Texture
  • Threads
  • Fasteners
  • Gears
  • Machine Terms and Holes
  • Machining Requirements
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Types of Blueprints and Computer-Aided Design
  • Answers to Review Questions
  • Index
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  • Posted September 13, 2012

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    Great tool for learning the basics...

    I lost my job in 2011 unexpectedly, from a career I never thought I would be working in. I was on the hunt for a new job, not really sure where it would lead me. I ended up getting a job at a local steel distributor and got assigned to their (small) machine shop (with no previous experience).

    Knowing how to read blueprints is pretty much the golden tool in machining. From day one I had no clue where to begin when it came to the blueprints, I learned a little from my trainer and the other machinists. The company offers a six week blueprint reading course and the course uses Warren Hammer's "Blueprint Reading Basics" (3rd edition) as its main teaching tool.

    The guide has 14 chapters, that start off with Chapter 1. The Basics of Manufacturing Prints to what is probably the most difficult one, Chapter 13. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.

    Each chapter has a one to two page chapter review, about 10 to 15 questions. Followed by several pages of worksheets where you put what you just learned to use. All of the chapter questions and worksheet answers are in the back of the book, allowing you to check your work.

    I found the material explained in a rather easy to comprehend way. This book is very, very basic (as the name indicates). It will not make you a expert blueprint reader, but it will give you enough base line knowledge to get a job or pass a entry level blueprint reading test for a job.

    As anyone who uses blueprints in their job will tell you, every different company and type of industry does things a little different, but knowing the basics of blueprints will help you learn their way that much quicker. I would highly recommend the guide for beginners wanting to learn.

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