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

The Manual of Engineering Drawing has long been the recognised as a guide for practicing and student engineers to producing engineering drawings and annotated 3D models that comply with the latest British and ISO Standards of Technical Product Specifications and Documentation.This new edition has been updated to include the requirements of BS8888 2008 and the relevant ISO Standards, and is ideal for International readership; it includes a guide to the fundamental differences between the ISO and ASME Standards relating to Technical Product Specification and Documentation. Equally applicable to CAD and manual drawing it includes the latest development in 3D annotation and the specification of surface texture. The Duality Principle is introduced as this important concept is still very relevant in the new world of 3D Technical Product Specification.Written by members of BSI and ISO committees and a former college lecturer, the Manual of Engineering Drawing combines up to the minute technical information with clear, readable explanations and numerous diagrams and traditional geometrical construction techniques rarely taught in schools and colleges. This approach makes this manual an ideal companion for students studying vocational courses in Technical Product Specification, undergraduates studying engineering or product design and any budding engineer beginning a career in design.The comprehensive scope of this new edition encompasses topics such as orthographic and pictorial projections, dimensional, geometrical and surface tolerancing, 3D annotation and the duality principle, along with numerous examples of electrical and hydraulic diagrams with symbols and applications of cams, bearings, welding and adhesives.
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Engineering designers (including students and practising designers)


Book information

  • Published: April 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8985-4


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


Table of Contents

Drawing office management and organisationProduct development and computer aided designCAD applicationsPrinciples of first and third angle orthographic projectionLinework and letteringThree dimensional illustrations using isometric and oblique projectionsDrawing layouts and simplified methodsSections and sectional viewsGeometrical constructions and tangencyLoci applicationsTrue lengths and auxiliary viewsConic sections and interpenetratation of solidsDevelopment of patterns from sheet materialsDimensioning principlesScrew threads and conventional representationsNuts, bolts, screws and washersKeys and keywaysWorked examples in machine drawingsLimits and fitsGeometrical tolerances and datum systemsApplication of geometrical tolerancesMaximum material and least material principlesDifferences between ISO and ASME standardsPositional tolerancingSurface texture3D annotationThe duality principle - the essential link between the design intent and the verification of the end productDifferences between American ASME Y 14.5M geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDand T) and ISO /BS 8888 geometrical tolerancing, standardsCams and gearsSpringsWelding and welding symbolsEngineering diagramsBearings and applied technologyEngineering adhesivesRelated standardsProduction drawingsDrawing solutions