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Standardization and disambiguation[ edit ] Engineering drawings specify requirements of a component or assembly which can be complicated.

Standards provide rules for their specification and interpretation. Standardization also aids internationalizationbecause people from different countries who speak different languages can read the same engineering drawing, and interpret it the same way. Media[ edit ] For centuries, until the post-World War II era, all engineering drawing was done manually by using pencil and pen on paper or other substrate e.

Since the advent of computer-aided design CADengineering drawing has been standard engineering symbols more and more in the electronic medium with each passing decade. Today most engineering drawing is done with CAD, but pencil and paper have not entirely standard engineering symbols.

Some of the tools of manual drafting include pencils, pens and their ink, straightedgesT-squaresFrench curvestriangles, rulersprotractorsdividerscompassesscales, erasers, and tacks or push pins.

Slide rules used to number among standard engineering symbols supplies, too, but nowadays even manual drafting, when it occurs, benefits from a pocket calculator or its onscreen equivalent.

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And of course the tools also include drawing boards drafting boards or tables. The English idiom "to standard engineering symbols back to the drawing board", which is a standard engineering symbols phrase meaning to rethink something altogether, was inspired by the literal act of discovering design errors during production and returning to a drawing board to revise the engineering drawing.

Drafting machines are devices that aid manual drafting by combining drawing boards, straightedges, pantographsand other tools into one integrated drawing environment. CAD provides their virtual equivalents. Producing drawings usually involves creating an original that is then reproduced, generating multiple copies to be distributed to the shop floor, vendors, company archives, and so on.

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The classic reproduction methods involved blue and white appearances whether white-on-blue or blue-on-whitewhich is why engineering drawings were long standard engineering symbols, and even today are still often called, " blueprints " or " bluelines ", even though those terms are anachronistic from a literal perspective, since most copies of engineering drawings today are made by more modern methods often inkjet or laser printing that yield black or multicolour lines on white paper.

The more generic term "print" is now in common usage in the U. In MBD, the information captured by the CAD software app is fed automatically into a CAM app computer-aided manufacturingwhich with or without postprocessing apps creates code in other languages such as G-code to be executed by a CNC machine tool computer numerical control3D printeror increasingly a hybrid machine tool that uses both.

Thus today it is often the case that the information travels from the mind of the designer into the manufactured component without having ever been codified standard engineering symbols an engineering drawing.


In MBD, the datasetnot a drawing, is the legal instrument. The standard engineering symbols "technical data package" TDP is now standard engineering symbols to refer to the complete package of information in one medium or another that communicates information from design to production such as 3D-model datasets, engineering standard engineering symbols, engineering change orders ECOsspec revisions and addenda, and so on.

However, even in the MBD era, where theoretically production could happen without any drawings or humans at all, it is still the case that drawings and humans are involved. These workers often use drawings in the course of their work that have been produced by rendering and plotting printing from the MBD dataset.

In these cases, the drawing is still a useful document, although legally it is classified as "for reference only", meaning that if any controversies or discrepancies arise, it is the MBD dataset, not the drawing, that governs.

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Systems of dimensioning and tolerancing[ edit ] Almost standard engineering symbols engineering drawings except perhaps reference-only views or initial sketches communicate not only geometry shape and location but also dimensions and tolerances for those characteristics.

Several systems of dimensioning and tolerancing have evolved. The simplest dimensioning system just specifies distances between points such as an object's length or width, or hole center locations.

Since the advent of well-developed interchangeable standard engineering symbolsthese distances have been accompanied by tolerances of the plus-or-minus or min-and-max-limit types.

Coordinate dimensioning involves defining all points, lines, planes, and profiles in terms of Cartesian coordinates, with a common origin. Common features[ edit ] Drawings convey the following critical information: Geometry — the shape of the object; represented as views; how the object will look when it is viewed from various angles, such as front, top, side, etc.

Dimensions — the size of the object is captured in accepted units. Tolerances — the allowable variations for each dimension. Material — represents what the item is made of. Finish — specifies the surface quality of the item, functional or cosmetic.