Practical Drafting uses the proven, hands-on, self-study methods used in the Complete-A-Sketch series and is reproducible as it applies. The student learns by observing, reasoning, and doing real work. Practical Drafting is geared to be used by students without outside instruction. The basic intent of Practical Drafting is to introduce students to the basic principles of drafting and to awaken the student to the possibilities of career options. Drafting is just one tool that is used in many different engineering, construction, and technical fields. Drafting alone will probably not be a career. However, it will always be a part of technical work. Being able to draw without a computer is an important skill for life, even if the student does not go into a technical field. Practical Drafting is a book that can help direct, change, or set a career path for your student.
The work is designed to help and to promote the use of hand and computer drafting skills. All the lessons in this book may be accomplished both by hand and on the computer with CAD software. Practical Drafting exposes the student to many types of drafting and standards. Drafting is the language of engineering. In the engineering field today, it is imperative that all participants, drafters, designers, engineers, machinists, electricians, builders, etc., must understand this language. It is my strong recommendation that the student do the lessons by hand using tools of the trade. Then, after being comfortable with manual drafting, complete the lessons with CAD software on a computer.
The skills learned in this book will benefit for life regardless of final career choices. The concepts and principles in this book apply to drafting & design, not just to manual or CAD work. Practical Drafting focuses primarily on the most critical drafting areas. The goal is to assist the student in mastering some drafting concepts and the art of drafting. These concepts will apply to using CAD and in other professional and personal projects. User may make copies of some lesson sheets for self use.
Small Drafting Board, 12 x 18 minimum
.3mm Mechanical Pencil
Eraser - White
.5mm Mechanical Pencil
Architectural Scale 30/60/90 Triangle
.7mm Mechanical Pencil Drafting Dots / Drafting Tape
.9mm Mechanical Pencil
Isometric Ellipse Template
Age / Grade: 13 and up / Junior High through High School
Format: 8 1/2 x 11, paperback
Binding: Spiral, lay flat
Written and illustrated by Melvin G. Peterman.