Manual of Engineering Drawing

Technical Product Specification and Documentation to British and International Standards


  • Colin Simmons, Engineering Standards Consultant, UK
  • Dennis Maguire, Former Lecturer, Southall College, UK

Manual of Engineering Drawing is a comprehensive guide for experts and novices for producing engineering drawings and annotated 3D models that meet the recent BSI and ISO standards of technical product documentation and specifications. This fourth edition of the text has been updated in line with recent standard revisions and amendments. The book has been prepared for international use, and includes a comprehensive discussion of the fundamental differences between the ISO and ASME standards, as well as recent updates regarding legal components, such as copyright, patents, and other legal considerations. The text is applicable to CAD and manual drawing, and it covers the recent developments in 3D annotation and surface texture specifications. Its scope also covers the concepts of pictorial and orthographic projections, geometrical, dimensional and surface tolerancing, and the principle of duality. The text also presents numerous examples of hydraulic and electrical diagrams, applications, bearings, adhesives, and welding. The book can be considered an authoritative design reference for beginners and students in technical product specification courses, engineering, and product designing.
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Engineering designers (including students and practising designers)


Book information

  • Published: May 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-096652-6

Table of Contents



1. Drawing Office Management and Organization

2. Product Development and Computer Aided Design

3. Design for Manufacture to End of Life

4. Intellectual Property and Engineering Design

5. CAD Organization and Applications

6. Principles of First and Third Angle Orthographic Projection

7. Linework and Lettering

8. Three-dimensional Illustrations Using Isometric and Oblique Projection

9. Drawing Layouts and Simplified Methods

10. Sections and Sectional Views

11. Geometrical Constructions and Tangency

12. Loci Applications

13. True Lengths and Auxiliary Views

14. Conic Sections and Interpenetration of Solids

15. Development of Patterns from Sheet Materials

16. Dimensioning Principles

17. Screw Threads and Conventional Representations

18. Nuts, Bolts, Screws and Washers

19. Keys and Key Ways

20. Worked Examples in Machine Drawing

21. Limits and Fits

22. Geometrical Tolerancing and Datums

23. Application of Geometrical Tolerances

24. Maximum Material and Least Material Principles

25. Positional Tolerancing

26. Surface Texture

27. Surface Finish and Corrosion of Metals

28. 3D Annotation

29. The Duality Principle - the Essential Link Between the Design Intent and the Verification of the End Product

30. Differences between American ASME Y 14.5M Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and ISO/BS 8888 Geometrical Tolerancing Standards

31. Cams and Gears

32. Springs

33. Welding and Welding Symbols

34. Engineering Diagrams

35. Bearings and Applied Technology

36. Engineering Adhesives

37. Related Standards

38. Production Drawings

39. Drawing Solutions