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Print Reading for Engineering and Manufacturing Technology, 3rd Edition

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  • David A Madsen, B.S., M.Ed.
  • ISBN-10: 1111308713
  • ISBN-13: 9781111308711
  • 448 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 1994
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

To fully understand the information found on real-world manufacturing and mechanical engineering drawings, your students must consider important information about the processes represented, the dimensional and geometric tolerances specified, and the assembly requirements for those drawings. This enhanced edition of PRINT READING FOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY 3E takes a practical approach to print reading, with fundamental through advanced coverage that demonstrates industry standards essential for pursuing careers in the 21st century. Your students will learn step-by-step how to interpret actual industry prints while building the knowledge and skills that will allow them to read complete sets of working drawings. Realistic examples, illustrations, related tests, and print reading problems are based on real world engineering prints that comply with ANSI, ASME, AWS, and other related standards.


  • Contains concepts that are written and presented with current computer-aided drafting (CAD) technology standards to coach your students in learning to read complete sets of working drawings in manufacturing and mechanical engineering.

  • Includes illustrative examples and prints that are all created using quality CAD that demonstrates the best current industry standards.

  • Chapter tests provide for review and to challenge your students' learned competencies.

  • Contains a perfect balance that is achieved between written text and support documentation, making this an expansive text for a blueprint reading course, as well as a handy reference resource.

About the Author

David A Madsen, B.S., M.Ed.

David A. Madsen is an emeritus faculty member in drafting technology and the Autodesk Premier Training Center at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon, where he also served as an instructor and department chairperson for nearly 30 years. In addition to his community college experience, David served as a drafting technology instructor at Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon. He is a former member of the American Design and Drafting Association (ADDA) Board of Directors and was honored by the ADDA with Director Emeritus status at the annual conference in 2005. David is an Autodesk Authorized Author and has extensive experience in mechanical drafting, architectural design and drafting, and building construction. He holds a master of education degree in vocational administration and a bachelor of science degree in industrial education. He is the author of ENGINEERING DRAWING AND DESIGN, GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING AND TOLERANCING, and PRINT READING FOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY, and coauthor of ARCHITECTURAL AUTOCAD; ARCHITECTURAL DESKTOP AND ITS APPLICATIONS; ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND DESIGN; ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING USING AUTOCAD; AUTOCAD AND ITS APPLICATIONS: BASICS, ADVANCED, AND COMPREHENSIVE; AUTOCAD ARCHITECTURE AND ITS APPLICATIONS; AUTOCAD ESSENTIALS; CIVIL DRAFTING TECHNOLOGY; and PRINT READING FOR ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Print Reading.
2. Communicating with a Sketch.
3. Scales and Precision Measurement.
4. Reading Lines and Lettering on a Print.
5. Reading Multiviews.
6. Reading Auxiliary Views.
7. Manufacturing Materials and Processes.
8. Reading Dimensions.
9. Reading Drawings with Fasteners and Springs.
10. Reading Sections, Revolutions and Conventional Breaks.
11. Reading Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
12. Reading Linkage, Cam, Gear, and Bearing Prints.
13. Reading Precision Sheet Metal Drawings.
14. Reading Working Drawings.
15. Welding Processes and Reading Welding Representations.
16. Reading Pictorial Drawings.
17. Reading Electrical Diagrams and Schematics.

New to this edition

  • Includes new material on electronic filing, discovery, the duty to prevent spoliation, pertinent rule changes and coverage of the HIPAA standards that facilitates your students' understanding of the importance of these relatively new areas of practice.
  • Thorough updating of the law, changes in rules of procedure, evidence, and ethics standards keep you and your student's current on changes in the law and practice.
  • Includes new forms and task examples, as well as web resources and revised tables and charts that enhance your students' enjoyment and overall appeal of the book.
  • Contains new analysis problems, study and review questions and internet applications that enhance your students' learning and retention of new text material.


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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