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Print Reading for Machinists, 6th Edition

  • David L. Taylor
  • ISBN-10: 1285419618
  • ISBN-13: 9781285419619
  • 624 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2003, 1996, 1987
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

Updated to the latest ANSI standards, PRINT READING FOR MACHINISTS, Sixth Edition, is an ideal resource for machine trades students and apprentices who want to master the basics of print interpretation. This thorough text’s 31 instructional units provide all-inclusive coverage progressing from fundamental concepts to more advanced topics, including the alphabet of lines, orthographic projection, arrangement of views, application of dimensions and tolerances, machining processes, and more. Complementing core chapter content, features such as review questions and drawing exercises help readers hone the knowledge and skills needed for career success--and make this trusted text equally effective for classroom use or self-paced learning.


  • A trusted resource for students and professionals alike, the text provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental knowledges and skills needed to become proficient in blueprint reading.

  • Drawing on decades of experience in the classroom and as a professional tool and die maker, the author presents material using a clear, engaging writing style that communicates technical content effectively for today’s learners.

  • Each chapter concludes with sample prints, giving readers valuable opportunities to apply their newly learned skills to relevant real-world materials and scenarios.

  • Isometric views are used whenever possible, helping readers develop and improve their ability to read and interpret prints.

  • A workbook-style format and logical, progressive sequence of topics help facilitate learning, making the text effective as an all-in-one resource without the need for additional references.

About the Author

David L. Taylor

David L. Taylor is a former assistant principal at Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to being a school administrator, Mr. Taylor is certified as a Journeyman Tool and Die Maker and has more than 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, technical training, and training management. He holds a Master of Science degree in adult education from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in vocational–technical education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Taylor has taught machine trades and blueprint reading courses at the Erie #1 Board of Cooperative Education Center (BOCES), Howard G. Sackett BOCES Vocational Center, and Jamestown Community College, in New York State.

Table of Contents

1. Industrial Drawings.
2. Title Blocks.
3. Lines and Symbols.
4. Sketching Straight Lines.
5. Sketching Curved Lines.
6. Sketching Combinations of Lines.
7. Pictorial Sketching.
8. Orthographic Projection.
9. Three-View Drawings.
10. Two-View Drawings.
11. One-View Drawings.
12. Auxiliary Views.
13. Section Views.
14. Dimensions and Tolerances.
15. Decimal Dimensions and Tolerances.
16. Dimensioning Holes, Keyways, and Keyseats.
17. Dimensioning Arcs and Radii.
18. Hole Patterns and Revision Blocks.
19. Angles, Dovetails, and Slots.
20. Metric Dimensions and Tolerances.
21. Machining Symbols, Bosses, and Pads.
22. Surface Texture.
23. Tapers and Chamfers.
24. Undercuts and Knurling.
25. Screw Thread Specifications.
26. Screw Thread Representation and Threaded Fasteners.
27. Pipe Threads.
28. Assembly Drawings.
29. Welding Symbols.
30. Geometric Tolerances – Datums.
31. Geometric Tolerances - Location and Form.

New to this edition

  • The Sixth Edition features extensive updates to reflect the latest American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards and text content correlated to current National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) standards.
  • Drawings throughout the text have been updated to include the addition of metric and decimal dimensioning.
  • The author has revised or expanded content on key topics, including adding coverage of symmetry lines and break lines to the chapter on lines and symbols, as well as updating information on geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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