Paperback: 816 pages
Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (February 7, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.2 x 11 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Please be aware that this version (The Fundamentals of...) only includes the first 18 chapters of the full book by the same name. Unless you are a complete newb to drafting/engineering drawings, then the first 5 chapters are not so useful. Ch 6 begins solid modeling and is where the book really starts. The late teens chapters are very densely packed with lots of good information.
I bought this a used book without a CD, as a reference for my job as a Mechanical Engineer who does a lot of CAD work and Thin-Line sketches. I particularly bought it for chapters 15-17 (dimensioning, tolerancing, and fasteners), which were areas I needed to brush up in. I get the used book, only to find out that the last four chapters (the chapters I needed the most) can only be found on the CD... and I just bought it without the CD. Had I known beforehand that these chapters were only on CD, I wouldn't have bought the book in the first place - even with the CD! I want a physical reference source, not a digital reference source.
"The seller is great. The book however has much to be desired. For CADD and hand drawings in general, it's okay. But, if you need help learning a specific CADD program (e.g. Creo, AutoCad, Inventor, SoldWorks) this book is really no help. It seems to have lots of notes about engineering standards, so it would probably be good as a reference guide for someone who already knows CADD. However, if you are new to engineering design and don't know how to opperate CADD software, then this book is not for you. I bought it for a college course but I think I've only looked at it once. So, the seller is great; the book... not so much."
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