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Hammer’s Blueprint Reading Basics

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Click here to get BOTH the latest edition of the best-selling Blueprint Reading Basics textbook AND the new digital edition of the Blueprint Reading Basics Instructor's Resource Kit !

ALL for the same price as just the Instructor's Resource Kit.

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Note: This product page is JUST for Hammer's Blueprint Reading Basics text eBook. For a package containing both this text and the Instructor's Resource Kit (described below), please click on the link above.


Warren Hammer’s Blueprint Reading Basics has been a bestselling classic for nearly two decades, revered for its ease of understanding and for giving readers opportunities to practice what they learned. With this historic revision, new author Charles Gillis has updated the entire package, replacing ALL figures with CAD-generated artwork, adding new illustrations, representing metric drawing practices alongside English, and including content from drawing standards such as Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Engineering Drawing Practices, Welding Symbols, Orthographic and Pictorial Views, Surface Texture, Undimensioned Drawings, and Types and Applications of Engineering Drawings, among others.
       Material has been rearranged for better presentation and an improved reader experience. Chapters on views, dimensions, surface finish, threads, and gears have been expanded, while new material on splines and cam prints has been added. Brand new chapters covering welding symbols and welded parts, sheet metal parts, and cast, forged, and molded plastic parts will be of particular interest to readers working with these processes.
       Each chapter contains a thorough explanation of the topic at hand, accompanied by detailed professional drawings, review questions, and corresponding worksheets, making this an ideal reference for students and instructors alike, and a must-have for mechanical engineers, draftspeople, inspectors, machinists, and students learning the manufacturers trades. This groundbreaking work now features a broad presentation of metric drawing standards and internationally recognized symbols, making it a truly global reference.


The Blueprint Reading Basics Instructor’s Resource Kit, sold separately, includes:

  • This extensive digital product includes 400+ files and more than 600 PowerPoint presentation slides.  The arrangement mirrors the book and can be customized by instructors for use in the classroom or in online teaching.
  • Blueprint Reading Course Recommended Syllabus and Lesson Plans, to be customized to suit each instructor’s needs.
  • Selected Figures and Tables.
  • Review Questions and Answers.
  • Worksheet Problems and Solutions.
  • The newest Digital Edition also includes added online resources and a fun, instructive class activity.