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Looking for ASTM specs in pdf form

Discussion in 'Coffee Break and Community Discussion Forum' started by bearfan454, May 6, 2016.

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    Does anyone know where I would be able to find these? Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
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    Thank you Miner. Know where any free ones are maybe?
     
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    These would be copyrighted documents.
     
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    Oh okay then. I found some others I needed through Google. I was able to download them and open them up and print the pdf's. All of these others I found on Google but they want you to pay for them. Wishful thinking I guess. Thanks anyways.
     
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    The people who uploaded the ones you found have breached the copyrights.
     
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    Free versions are available everywhere. But consider ... there is a cost associated with generating these, beyond some author's time like for a work of fiction. There's testing, travel, meetings with interested parties. And these authors typically have real jobs. These standards organizations are additional duties to many of them that they participate in largely out of a love for the respective art.

    Free copies is disrespectful to that art and that love. And removes possible funding to the organizations. You get what you pay for. Pirated standards will result in a decline in both the accuracy and abundance of the information they contain. And this information makes our lives easier - otherwise we would all be duplicating this work in our own organizations internally.

    Truth be told, it is a sad statement that they even require copyright laws. They are a tool, as much as CAD package or a solid carbide cutter. Because they can be scanned and posted on the internet doesn't make them any less so. And that should be recognized.
     
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    The comments above on appropriately protecting copyrighted specifications are right on. That being said, if you are looking of US government specs and standards (Federal, Military, etc) you're better off getting them from the source where they will be the most up to date.

    http://quicksearch.dla.mil

    Since many ASTM, SAE, etc specs are just ones adopted from the US government after it decided not to maintain them, many now just have a cover page put on front of what was previously freely distributed.

    David
     
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