Machine Designers Reference (CD-ROM in PDF)

Machine Designers Reference

Jennifer Marrs, P.E.


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Designers at all levels of experience need a handy, comprehensive reference that helps them get the job done faster... and better. Machine Designers Reference by J. Marrs fulfills the need, and then some. This hardcover 716-page volume benefits from the author's 20 years of experience as a working mechanical designer. The result is 12 chapters organized in a very practical way (click the TOC button, above). This popular work is packed with essential charts and tables.

The author's pragmatic intention with Machine Designers Reference is a volume that supports and compliments today's software programs and the Internet links most commonly relied upon by mechanical designers in the field. At the same time, the book is exceptionally useful to mechanical engineering students and fresh graduates seeking to excel at the curriculum or advance their career in design. Machine Designers Reference complements the coverage offered by standard textbooks in the field. It serves effectively as a bridge between the academic experience and practical design employment in the industry.



  • One-of-a-kind tool speeds mechanical design work
  • Selection, sizing and tolerances for mechanical parts and assemblies
  • Concise best practices for mechanical design, supported by charts and tables
  • U.S. and metric units are presented for reader convenience
  • Thorough representation of metric hardware


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Jennifer Marrs, P.E., with hand-built JeepJennifer Marrs, P.E., is a mechanical design engineer. For two decades, her focus has been the design and analysis of high-speed assembly machines and related systems. She has also worked as a product designer, manufacturing engineer and forensic engineer. She is pictured here with the off-road vehicle she built by hand, a genuine labor of mechanical love.


When Jennifer approached Industrial Press with her extraordinary idea for Machine Designers Reference, she said:

"I have an idea for a companion to Machinery's Handbook.... a toolbox that contains items I've... squirreled away over my years of machine design. These are items that the working machine designer uses just about every day."


Jennifer holds a BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an MSME from Northeastern University, and volunteers with the mechanical engineering programs at both WPI and Dartmouth College. She enjoys her successful consulting practice and is a licensed Professional Engineer throughout New England (click here to visit her website). She is also a registered U.S. patent agent. Her employers and clients include Gillette, Millipore, FujiFilm Dimatix, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. She is on the Executive Committee of her local ASME subsection, holds an international patent, and is a key engineering consultant and contributor to the Machinery's Handbook.


Chapter 1: Design and Analysis 

  • Design of Machinery Units
  • Equations

Chapter 2: Erogonomics and Machine Safety (Co-written with E. Smith Reed PE) 
  • Ergonomics
  • Machine Safety
  • Machine Safeguarding
  • Other Safety Issues
  • Recommended Resources

Chapter 3: Dimensions & Tolerances 
  • Limits, Fits, and Tolerance Grades
  • Tolerances on Drawings
  • Tolerance Stack-Ups (Written by Charles Gillis PE)

Chapter 4: Precision Locating Techniques (Written by Charles Gillis PE)

Chapter 5: Pins, Keys, and Retaining Rings

Chapter 6: Pipe Threads, Threaded Fasteners, and Washers 
  • Pipe and Port Threads
  • Threaded Fasteners and Washers

Chapter 7: Welds and Weldments

Chapter 8: Materials, Surfaces, and Treatments 
  • Materials
  • Surface Finish
  • Heat Treatment
  • Surface Treatment

Chapter 9: Force Generators
  • Springs
  • Pneumatics
  • Electric Motors

Chapter 10: Bearings 
  • Plain Bearings
  • Rolling Element Bearings
  • Linear Bearings

Chapter 11: Power Transmission Devices 
  • Shafts
  • Shaft Couplings
  • Gears (Written by Gregory Aviza)
  • Gearboxes
  • Belts and Chains
  • Lead, Ball, and Roller Screws

Chapter 12: Machine Reliability & Performance