Drafting Equipment for Architects

A career in architecture brings a lifetime of opportunity to express your creativity and make a positive impact on the communities around you. Make sure you invest in quality equipment you can rely on throughout your career and that will stay dependable even as the architectural landscape shifts around you. Today, we list the important equipment that used to be very essential before the use of technology and computers.

What is the difference between design and drafting?

When it comes to engineering and architecture, design and drafting are a staple in those industries. Design is the initial phase of the project of any architectural endeavor which consists mostly of planning, whereas the drafting phase is the process in which the ideas come alive in the form of shapes and structures.

What are the different drafting tools?

Drafting tools are instruments that can be used for measurement and layout of drawings or to improve consistency and the speed for creating standard drawing elements.

  • Drawing tools
  • Pencil
  • Drafting board
  • T-square
  • Drafting machine
  • French Curves
  • Rulers
  • Compass
  • Templates
  • Perspective machines
  • Drawing materials
  • Drafting paper
  • Thick draft paper
  • Cloth
  • Tracing paper
  • Tracing tube
  • Inks
  • Dry transfer

What are the materials used in mechanical drafting?

The Mechanical Drawing Tools commonly used in mechanical drawings such as dividers, drawing boards, pencils, scales, triangles, and T-squares.

  • Compass Sets and Dividers
  • Drafting Tools
  • Drafting Kits
  • Drafting Scales
  • Trimmers & Cutting Tools
  • Parallel Straightedges
  • Drafting Triangles
  • Irregular Curves
  • Portable Drawing Boards

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Keys to pass your first semester in Architecture School

You may not have studied or had the opportunity to study architecture before. It can be daunting prospect, especially for the first year.

The thought processes and projects that lie ahead of you (although very exciting) will likely present a whole new way of working and thinking, particularly in terms of the learning structure and techniques required to successfully pass them.

So here are few tips that will help you with your first semester of Architecture School

  • Design Studio class

Get to know your classmates, you will spend most of your times with them for the next five years. It creates a collaborative environment, provides a team working atmosphere to overcome difficult aspects of your project.

  • Be equipped

It is crucial, architecture is an expensive course. Make sure you have the right equipment from the pen to your laptop. There are many other drawing tools that you must prepare and should be with you all the time.

  • Be open-minded and learn from the others

Do not shut yourself from the others, learning brings back to the collaboration ethos of a studio environment and working with your peers

  • Keep your initial ideas private

Start your idea of your design privately, but once developed, share with the people around you and get them to critique and open discussion. It will help you see and highlight areas you might not seen

  • Attendance

Although architecture school can be self-directed study, extreme amount of absence will not be tolerated. You will miss valuable parts of the course and its content

  • Be active outdoor

Join a sport team or participate in other activities. Create friendships outside of architecture school. Architecture School can be an intense environment, but it will be over before you know it, make the most of it

  • Read

Reading can be a very beneficial to your self-growth, it also help with your initial ideas. Make sure you find 30 minutes of your time for reading

  • Have fun

Architecture is the most freest learning experience you would have, every new project brings a new challenge, methods and areas to learn, it’s fun

Today we just listed some of the important keys that will help you in your first year in Architecture School.

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