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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to be in print !!!, December 28, 2004
This review is from: Sheet Metal Drawing and Pattern Development (Hardcover)
I'll start by saying that I am incredulous that this book is out of print. I have used this book on many occasions over the years when confronted with a complex development problem and it has always seen me through the difficulties of that particular problem and hence given me the ability to complete a product for a customer.

Dickason firstly covers the subject of Ploygons and Curves then moves on to the subject of Projections. He then proceeds to review the three methods of development; the Radial line, Parallel line and Triangulation. A chapter has been written upon each of these subjects with a chapter included which relates to the Common Central Sphere. Chapter 7 then covers the subject of Intersection by Cutting Planes. Next is the difficult subject of Auxilliary and Double Projections which he has wisely made his largest chapter with multiple examples. In chapter 9 the equally complex subject of Complex Patterns and Spiral Chutes is covered. The book is then concluded with a couple of chapters on Duct Layouts and Draughtmanship.

Throughout this book Dickason has incorporated excellent diagrams with the instructional text. If there is anyone left out there wanting to learn how to develop patterns these days then this is a first rate instruction book / reference book. However this book requires a great deal of study if an individual wants to be proficient in developing patterns and templates and you will only get out what you put in.

A point to remember here due to the fact that this book is out of print is that it is, in Dickason's words, supplementary to his other book, which is still in print, "The Geometry of Sheet Metal Work" (ISBN:0582009618) which I have already reviewed.

I therefore recommend that you find a copy or better still get both his books on development as they are worth there weight in whatever metal you are trying to develop a pattern for. Therefore once again Dickason gets 5+ stars from me as this is another example from a man who clearly knew a thing or two about geometry.
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Sheet Metal Drawing and Pattern Development
Sheet Metal Drawing and Pattern Development by Alfred Dickason (Hardcover - Dec. 1967)
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