Before learning how to read a manufacturing drawing, be sure you know the different parts of a print. Once there is an understanding of the different components of a print and where everything is located, the next step is to be able to read the lines on a print. Reading a print means to understand what the graphic of a part is showing. Therefore, you must understand how lines work on a print. For engineers and manufacturers, lines are their communicators or even their alphabet which convey information. Below is a chart of the various lines that are used on a print and their descriptions.
||Solid lines used to form the shape of a part.
||__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
||Dashed lines used to form the shape of features that are not visible.
||_______ __ _______ __ _____
||Solid line with a dash then a solid line used to identify the center of a feature.
||Solid line with arrowhead tips followed by a dimension used to identify where the dimension represents.
||Solid line with arrowhead tip that is associated with a note or specification pointing to a location on the part, but not with a dimension.
||Thin solid line with zigzag used to reduce the size of part to show entire object and reduce detail.
|| Thick solid wavy line used to indicate a short break.
||Multiple diagonal lines used to indicate the surface in the section view to have been cut along the cutting-plane line.
||U-shaped line with arrowhead tips used to designate an imaginary cut.
|| _____ __ __ _____ __ __ _____
||Series of one long dash, two short dashes, and a long dash used to show an alternate positions of a part.
By understanding these lines and how they are used, it will be much easier to look at a print and be able to visualize how the part would actually look. Thanks for reading along and be sure to stay tuned for our next blog post!
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