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Modern Drafting Practices and Standards Manual
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Modern Drafting Practices and Standards Manual

Originally developed by GE in 1901, the Drafting Manual is based on nearly a century of drafting experience. Over 18,000 organizations around the world use this reference to:

  • Establish a baseline for incorporating routines, formats, numbering systems, and management practices into their operation
  • Answer questions about symbols, abbreviations, delineation, true positioning, geometries, tolerancing, revisions, welding, and more
  • Avoid disputes and establish consistency on techniques, formats, and terminology
  • Increase their operation's efficiency through standardization and technical discipline
  • Save training time by introducing the Drafting Manual as a complete and functioning system to existing staff and new employees

Follows established drafting practices

The Drafting Manual follows the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines, those of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and of other national standards organizations. Genium holds an exclusive, world-wide, long-term license from General Electric Company to publish and update the Manual.

View the topics and standards covered in the Drafting Manual. (PDF)

View Sample Pages from the Drafting Manual:
Formulating Graphical Safety Symbols (PDF)
Gears (Bevel and Hypoid) Drafting Practice (PDF)
Dimensioning & Tolerancing and Symbols (PDF)

Drafting Manual Pocket Companion - 2010 Version Now available

Drafting Manual Pocket Companion - 2010 Version Now available

Genium's popular pocket sized reference has just been updated to put it in complete compliance with ASME Y14.5-2009. In the process, Genium's drafting experts have made improvements and updates to every single page of this 80-page memory-refresher and time-saver. The Drafting Manual Pocket Companion offers nuts and bolts advice for understanding mechanical drawings. Based on Genium's authoritative Modern Drafting Practices and Standards Manual, this pocket- sized encyclopedia references hard-to-remember drafting fundamentals. Its convenient size (3 3/4" wide by 5 1/4" deep) makes it handy by the workstation or at your desk.

The Drafting Manual Pocket Companion addresses ten categories:

  • Basic drawing standards such as form sizes, format folding information, line types and application,and the definition of first and third angle projection
  • Surface texture standards, definitions, symbols and application
  • Dimensioning and tolerancing, definitions, symbols and application
  • Standard units of measure, units and form for Bill of Materials and Parts Lists
  • Standard welding symbols and joints
  • Geometric Formulas
  • Metric practices and conversions
  • Electrical resistor color coding standards
  • Standard sheet gauge sizes
  • Fasteners, head types, hole clearances, and a grip guide for selecting screw lengths

Geometric Dimensioning Poster

Geometric Dimensioning Poster

Loaded with helpful tidbits on one of the most popular drafting topics, the Geometric Dimensioning Poster visually explains the symbols, rules, and guidelines for 14 different geometric controls. Some of the more difficult concepts are clearly explained in the "Facts to Remember" columns. The "Tolerance Zone" column and graphic examples at the bottom of the poster are items that make this poster especially helpful to the beginning user of GD&T.

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Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing Poster

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing Poster

Genium has compiled the important elements of the Dimensioning & Tolerancing Standard in this color poster. It clearly illustrates "how" to apply geometric tolerances and "when" to use a specific tolerance and is especially helpful to drafting professionals with a basic knowledge of GD&T but who may be unsure of just how to apply it in a particular situation.

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