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Multiview Sketches. Engineering Graphics Stephen W. Crown Ph.D. Objective. How to use sketching as an effective tool in the engineering design process How to represent a 3-D object effectively on a 2-D drawing surface (multiview sketching). Overview. Sketching Definition

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Multiview Sketches

Engineering Graphics

Stephen W. Crown Ph.D.

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  • How to use sketching as an effective tool in the engineering design process

  • How to represent a 3-D object effectively on a 2-D drawing surface (multiview sketching)

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  • Sketching

    • Definition

    • Tools / Instruments

  • Mechanics of sketching

    • Lines and Curves

    • A Bounding Box

  • Multiview sketches

    • How to create them

    • When to use them

  • Why use sketches?

    • Creativity

    • Communication

    • Documentation

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  • Definition: A rough freehand drawing used to document, communicate, and refine ideas developed in the ideation phase of the design process

  • Beginners will benefit from instruments

  • Follows standard practices

  • A developed skill

  • Should be the first step of any CAD drawing

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  • Pencils

    • Use a mechanical pencil (0.5mm lead)

    • Practice using different pressure to produce desired linetypes (construction lines)

  • Paper

    • Unlined paper is the most useful

    • Square grid and tracing paper is often useful

  • Eraser

    • A good eraser is worth the investment

    • Do not overuse your eraser (save some mistakes)

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Using Simple Instruments

  • The use of mechanical instruments is recommended only for beginners. Break away from reliance on tools that slow you down.

  • Helpful tools for beginners

    • Compass

    • Triangles

    • Dividers

    • Ruler

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Mechanics of Sketching

  • Drawing straight lines

  • Drawing curved lines

  • Using a bounding box

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Drawing straight lines

  • Mark starting and ending point

  • Break long lines into short line segments by marking the midpoint

  • Start with a light pass if necessary and then darken

  • Use a loose comfortable grip

  • Reorient the paper to your convenience

    • test your skill with different orientations

    • an awkward orientation may occasionally produce positive results

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Drawing curved lines

  • Break large arcs/circles into small segments

  • Make guide marks for each segment

  • Circles and Ellipses

    • Sketch a light square/rectangle

    • Lightly sketch in diagonals

    • Mark contact points on square/rectangle

    • Rotate the paper for each segment

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Bounding Box and Construction Lines

  • Plan

    • choose proper scale and orientation

    • don’t crowd sketches

    • Start with a bounding box

    • Use light straight construction lines

  • Draw boundary lines of internal features starting with the largest features

  • Sketch dark object lines using light boundary lines as a guide

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Multiview Sketching

  • Represents a 3-D object with a series of 2-D views in contrast to “pictorials” which show all three dimensions in a single view

  • Also called orthographic projection

  • Best understood by engineers or technically trained people

Multiview Drawing


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Parallel projection

  • Preserves true relationship between features

    • The geometry is generally not distorted

    • Lines that are parallel on the object are parallel on the drawing

  • Parallel projectors

    • The object is projected onto a projection plane as a shadow is projected where the rays form the light source are parallel.

    • Projection from one view to another is accomplished with parallel projection lines

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Parallel versus Perspective Projection





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Projection Planes versus Views

  • Projection planes:

    • Object formed from projection lines projected perpendicularly onto a projection plane

    • Planes: Horizontal, frontal, and profile

    • Each projection plane is perpendicular to adjacent projection planes

  • Principle views

    • The object is rotated 90 degrees about the horizontal or vertical axis to give six principle views (top, bottom, front, rear, left, and right side)

    • Common views: top, front, and right side

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Only use Necessary Views

  • One view drawings

    • Stamped, thin or extruded parts

    • Specify thickness with a note

  • Two view drawings

    • Cylindrical parts

    • Show the circular and rectangular view

  • Three view drawings

    • Usually sufficient for all other drawings

    • Top, front, and right side view

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Orientation and Placement of Views

  • The most descriptive view should be selected as the front view

  • The natural orientation of the part should be preserved if possible

  • Views must be aligned

    • Top view above front view

    • Right view to the right of front view

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Hidden lines

  • Represented with dashed lines

  • Precedence of lines (visible, hidden, center)

  • Views should be selected to minimize the use of hidden lines most descriptive view should be selected as the front view

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First Versus Third Angle Projection

  • Third Angle Projection Associated with English units

  • First Angle Projection Associated with SI units

ANSI Symbol

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Fold Lines

  • Represents a 90 degree fold between views

  • Generally not shown on engineering drawings except when views other than the principle views (auxiliary views) are used.

  • Labeled as: H/F, F/P, F/1, 1/2

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Terminology to Relate Views

  • Adjacent view

    • A view that is separated by a fold line

    • The top view is an adjacent view to the front view

  • Central View

    • A view that is between two adjacent views

    • The front view is the central view of the top, front, and right side view

  • Related views

    • Two views that are adjacent to a central view

    • The top and right side view are related views since they are both adjacent to the front view

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Constructing a New View


  • The top and front views of a surface are shown

  • The fold line represents a 90 degree fold between the views

  • Parallel projection lines are perpendicular to the fold line






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Constructing a New View

  • A vertical fold line is drawn at an arbitrary distance from the front view

  • Parallel projection lines are drawn from each vertex

  • The common depth between the top and side view is used to locate each vertex on the projection lines

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Sketching as Part of the Creative Design Process

  • Quickly translate thoughts to paper

  • An effective means of communication

  • Stimulates creativity and visualization

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Sketching Allows for the Quick Translation of Thoughts to Paper

  • Commit thoughts to paper before you lose an idea

  • Avoid the of use mechanical tools (drawing tools are helpful for beginners)

  • Does not need to be an exact representation

    • objects may be simplified

    • parts may be missing

  • Avoid erasing

    • as new ideas are developed make new sketches

    • start with light lines and then darken with darker lead or heavier strokes

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Sketching is An Effective Means of Communication Paper

  • Understand your audience

    • Who is looking at the sketches?

    • What details are they interested in?

    • What type of sketch will they best understand?

  • Follow standard practices

    • You may not always accompany your sketches

    • Others may misinterpret your drawing

  • Sketches provide a log of ideas that were considered in a brainstorming session

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Sketching Stimulates Creativity and Helps Visualization Paper

  • The process of sketching ideas that are partially developed often aids the design process

    • do not wait until you have a clear picture before you start sketching

    • allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes

  • Visualization of the entire design is essential but often impossible without aid of sketches

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Appendix Paper

Engineering Graphics

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Make a Quick Sketch Paper

  • You will have ten seconds to make a sketch of each object shown below before being asked a few questions about the objects.

  • How many of the nine views consisted of a square bounding box?

  • How many of the nine views are the same?

  • How many of the nine views consisted of only vertical or horizontal lines?

  • What is the volume of each object (Cube=8 in3)?