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Message No. 12039, Started by rorschach on 09/03/03
We've all seen em. Drawings that are horrible, not just spelling errors but dimensioning to hidden lines or the view arrows point the wrong direction, or things like "in-line" or "min radius" that don't have a mathematical meaning or tolerance. Or lines that aren't straight or meet at corners (cad of course...) or dimensions that are "fudged" (again, cad...).
I blame much of this on two things. Engineers who only got a semester or two of Drafting courses trying to do a drafter's job or trying to define drafting standards for their company. Or, individuals that attended one of the many trade school courses in Autocad and got out into the drafting world only knowing how to operate Autocad but not knowing how to make a proper drawing.

Additionally I think the fact that the ANSI Y-14 series documents are not available at a reasonable cost is a contributing factor.

What is your least favorite stupid drafting trick? I'd like to start a compilation of everyone's least favorite drafting errors. I've listed a few of mine already. Hopefully others who read this compilation will take the hint and avoid these practices in the future.
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Follow-up Messages (21)
If I had an opening, and you were in Houston, you'd be getting a call from ...
No. 16183, Posted by rorschach on 05/26/05, 11:23 PST.
You have hit a nail on the head of one of the problems I have having at the...
No. 16182, Posted by rfp1968 on 05/26/05, 10:47 PST.
joeboggs said: You have hit my HOT button. As an official old-fart, I b...
No. 12185, Posted by ddelaiar on 09/22/03, 09:58 PST.
Joe, I think I know why that is the case with McMaster Carr (not a defense ...
No. 12177, Posted by rorschach on 09/20/03, 07:13 PST.
And while we're on the subject of scaling CAD drawings - I use lots of dow...
No. 12172, Posted by joeboggs on 09/19/03, 14:23 PST.
You have hit my HOT button. As an official old-fart, I began engineering w...
No. 12171, Posted by joeboggs on 09/19/03, 14:11 PST.
I could go on and on and on about this! My first job was at a machine shop...
No. 12078, Posted by ddelaiar on 09/09/03, 06:05 PST.
I also got my drafting "education" as a machinist trying to read others' un...
No. 12069, Posted by rolschwarz on 09/08/03, 06:26 PST.
Alext, your response brings up another point that does not seem very well s...
No. 12065, Posted by rorschach on 09/05/03, 19:12 PST.
I remember my first job in the USA. That was very successful machine shop...
No. 12063, Posted by alext on 09/05/03, 15:11 PST.
A drawing is a means of communicating a design. Good drawing is good commu...
No. 12061, Posted by rolschwarz on 09/05/03, 11:41 PST.
sketches are not acceptable as engineering drawings. And you aren't includi...
No. 12059, Posted by rorschach on 09/05/03, 08:12 PST.
I am not sure if i totally agree with you, you need to do some kind of draw...
No. 12058, Posted by jmiles on 09/05/03, 05:56 PST.
One other point acroduster touched on. How much time savings does CAD provi...
No. 12048, Posted by rorschach on 09/04/03, 10:49 PST.
acroduster, you must have been reading my mind (see post #12046)
No. 12047, Posted by rorschach on 09/04/03, 10:12 PST.
I think the key word in Thursatim's post is "apprentice." Years ago, there...
No. 12045, Posted by acroduster1 on 09/04/03, 08:52 PST.
I agree, I spent 4 years as an apprentice before I could call myself a deta...
No. 12044, Posted by Thursatim on 09/04/03, 07:57 PST.
Whichs brings me to another aspect of this issue. IMHO, prints should NEVER...
No. 12043, Posted by rorschach on 09/04/03, 06:46 PST.
re: scale--Don't expect. INSPECT! Whenever I am forced to take measurem...
No. 12042, Posted by rolschwarz on 09/04/03, 05:42 PST.
admittedly, cad has definitely gone a long way towards eliminating the need...
No. 12041, Posted by rorschach on 09/04/03, 05:18 PST.
Well my pet peeve is when people put a scale on cad drawings, and they lis...
No. 12040, Posted by jmiles on 09/04/03, 03:37 PST.
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