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Visualization, Modeling, and Graphics for Engineering Design, 2nd Edition

  • Dennis K. Lieu
  • Sheryl A. Sorby
  • ISBN-10: 1285172957
  • ISBN-13: 9781285172958
  • 1086 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Created for the next generation of engineering professionals, VISUALIZATION, MODELING, AND GRAPHICS FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN, Second Edition, combines coverage of traditional drafting essentials and the cutting-edge technology and methods today's professionals need to master for career success. This versatile text provides a strong grounding in fundamentals including core design skills, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, sketching and drawing, and industry- and discipline-specific applications, even while recognizing how computers have enabled visualizing and modeling techniques that have changed the engineering design process. Working from this modern perspective, the authors explore critical process phases such as creative thinking, product ideation, and advanced analysis, as well as problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills essential for today's engineers and technicians. In addition to numerous updates to reflect the latest technology and trends, the Second Edition of this groundbreaking text features a more streamlined presentation, with a mix of printed and online chapters and a highly modular structure that make it easy to customize coverage for specific courses or interests. New teaching and learning resources are available online as well, including a Web-based Mind Tap supplement with interactive quizzes and more than 100 multimedia animations and video clips.


  • The authors have drawn on decades of experience as professionals and educators to provide a new, more effective approach to the engineering design, highlighting visualization skills as essential to early learning and providing exposure to multiple engineering models and physical devices.

  • Each chapter opens with problems based on real-world challenges faced by today's professionals, followed by graphical solutions and a discussion of the key principles involved, providing an engaging introduction to the material based on highly practical, realistic scenarios.

  • The authors' engaging, casual writing style and a reader-friendly visual design make the text accessible and effective for students of all backgrounds and learning styles.

  • The text features a strong focus on learning and fundamental skill development, and every chapter includes numerous real-world examples to demonstrate current industry best practices and help prepare students for professional success.


"Great approach and critical thinking."
— Sergio Lujan, Laredo Community College

About the Author

Dennis K. Lieu

Dennis K. Lieu is professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was formerly the associate dean of student affairs. He also received his B.S., M.S., and D.Eng. in mechanical engineering from U.C. Berkeley. After working for six years as a design engineer in industry, he returned to his alma mater to join its faculty. Professor Lieu has taught engineering graphics for over 25 years and has been a member of the Engineering Design Graphics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for 23 years. His research interests are in the design of electro-mechanical machines and the design of sports equipment, and he is the author or co-author of numerous articles on engineering graphics education. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, and Phi Beta Kappa, as well as a recipient of the University of California Distinguished Teaching Award and the Orthogonal Medal awarded by North Carolina State University, for his contributions to engineering graphics education.

Sheryl A. Sorby

Sheryl A. Sorby is a professor of engineering education at The Ohio State University. She previously served as associate dean for academic programs and department chair of engineering fundamentals at Michigan Technological University. Professor Sorby received the Sharon Keillor award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), recognizing outstanding women engineering faculty. She was also the recipient of the Betty Vetter research award through the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network (WEPAN), for her work in improving the success of women engineering students through the development of a spatial skills course. She has received the Engineering Design Graphics Distinguished Service Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award from ASEE as well, and she serves the organization as associate editor of advances in engineering education.

Table of Contents

Printed Chapters.
1. An Introduction to Graphical Communication in Engineering.
2. Sketching.
3. Visualization.
4. Creativity and the Design Process.
5. Solid Modeling.
6. Assembly Modeling.
7. Design Analysis.
8. Orthogonal Projection and Multiview Representation.
9. Pictorials and Perspective Views.
10. Section Views.
11. Auxiliary Views.
12. Dimensioning.
13. Tolerancing.
14. Working Drawings.
Electronic Chapters.
15. Working in a Team Environment.
16. Fabrication Processes.
17. Advanced Visualization Techniques.
18. Fasteners.
19. Technical and Engineering Animation.
20. Topological Maps and GIS.
21. Information Graphics: Presentation of Data.

New to this edition

  • The Second Edition features a more concise, streamlined presentation for greater convenience and affordability. Chapters in the printed text focused on essential information for each topic, while several additional chapters are available online with expanded coverage, examples, and exercises.
  • The authors have added new end-of-chapter exercises for most chapters to help students better assess their understanding and hone their mastery of the material. New topics covered in the Second Edition include stress analysis, thermodynamics, and kinematics, as well as an even stronger focus on real-world applications.
  • A new, Web-based MindTap supplement provides convenient access to a wealth of teaching and learning resources, including more than 100 multimedia animations and video clips related to static illustrations in the text, interactive quizzes for every chapter, and more.


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

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1285173007 | ISBN-13: 9781285173009)

The Instructor Companion Site provides additional course content, study aids, and sample test questions to help students succeed in the course. Many Instructor Companion Sites also contain critical-thinking questions, activities, and web links. To access faculty Companion Sites, please visit and search by ISBN.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305263901 | ISBN-13: 9781305263901)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to: author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom or wherever you want.

MindTap Drafting, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access for Lieu/Sorby's Visualization, Modeling, and Graphics for Engineering Design  (ISBN-10: 1305119495 | ISBN-13: 9781305119499)

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Student Supplements

MindTap Drafting, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access for Lieu/Sorby's Visualization, Modeling, and Graphics for Engineering Design  (ISBN-10: 1305119495 | ISBN-13: 9781305119499)

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