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Technical Graphics is designed to meet the needs of modern technical graphics curricula and employs the current American National Standards Institute (ANSI) graphic standards. This textbook does not assume that you have had previous graphics experience. Technical Graphics begins with the development of basic skills students will need then the material proceeds logically to further expand their abilities. Illustrations and photographs are used every step of the way to illustrate the points being made by the written material. A table saw fixture is used throughout the book as a "common problem." The fixture is introduced in Chapter 3 as a sketch. The sketch is converted to a drawing in Chapter 4. The drawing is then refined and modified in subsequent chapters to illustrate the material being presented. This textbook meets the needs of today's technical graphics programs by streamlining the traditional graphics topics while addressing the new technologies. Computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) methods are included where appropriate. Because there are many CAD software packages available, the CAD discussion is generic and instructors will need to provide specific information on the available hardware and software systems.