Explore drafting—technical drawing for architecture, engineering, and product design. Learn essential drafting techniques, both analog and digital.
(gentle music) - What is drafting? Who is it for? Is it always completed by hand? Or can we perform it on a computer? These are the questions we'll explore in this course. Hi, I'm Paul F. Aubin, and welcome to this course on drafting foundations. I've been working in the architectural industry for almost 30 years, and I've done a lot of drawings, both by hand and on a computer, in that amount of time. Many design professionals use drawing, illustration, sketching, and drafting to express, explore, and communicate their ideas.
Each of these types of drawings has its own merits, but the focus of this course will be on what is often referred to as technical drawing or drafting. Technical drafting is different from other types of drawing in a few key areas. First, drafting is hard-lined. It tends to be more measured and precise. This means that it is not freehand. We use tools like straight edges, squares, and computers to assist us in creating crisp and precisely drawn edges and shapes.
Drafting is also typically to scale. This means that you can take measurements directly from the drafted drawings that accurately reflect the real-life distances depicted. Naturally, this is not the case with freehand sketching. This emphasis on scale and precision is because drafting is most often used to communicate how items are to be assembled or document existing objects or buildings. So if you have something that you want to build or an existing item that you want to document and/or explain in precise detail, then drafting might be for you.
- Drafting equipment and materials
- Drawing lines by hand
- CAD drawing
- Looking at line weight
- Multiview drawings
- Adding details: sections, symbols, and more