Drafting is the art of joining lines dimensions symbols and other objects together in order to create drawings that express a design which can only be interpreted in only one way. This design can be used to form many different objects such as houses or buildings in the field of architecture or mechanical parts for automobiles and boats for example. Drafting takes several years to completely master and the field is constantly changing due to software updates on a annual basis. Many people practice this art and usually only work in one of it’s many branches. Some of these sub-branches include architecture, civil, mechanical, electrical and structural. Personally I enjoy working in every field of drafting in order to have a well rounded feel and understanding of every aspect through out it.
I began studying drafting when I was a young man about the age of six or seven. My father taught architectural and technical drafting at my local community college. He had a big drafting table in his office and I remember looking at it, and his drawings which intrigued me. He used to have me do simple drawing in order to sharpen my skills and become a better writer. I wanted to be just like him and design my own house and then build it myself. I really looked up to him and I was going to strive to be just like him. When I started my Sophomore year in High School they began offering a class called Computer Aided Drafting which I enrolled in immediately because it sounded very interesting. Little did I know that it would become the basis for all drafting in the future. I took all three coursed for my electives over the next two years and gained a very good understanding of CAD before I left High School.
CAD or Computer Aided Drafting and Design takes several years to completely master, and just when you think you know it all they update it with new features you have never seen. Personally it gets kind of frustrating, but all in all it does make it easier to perform and to create the desired design once you get familiar with the software. A lot of people I know in the field never have to change the software they use due to the fact of the high cost, but I try in keep up to date to stay on top of all the new features they incorporate to make the job easier.
There are several different programs for specific branches of the drafting field. One of these is architecture which makes it easier to create walls, windows, roofs and other designs specifically for drawing houses and buildings. Another field of drafting is mechanical which focuses mostly on machine parts for automobiles, boats, airplanes, and just about anything that uses mechanical parts that move to create an object. The electrical field is bound to objects such as circuit boards, or any type of electrical device that is designed. It incorporates transistors, resistors and other electrical objects.
The last but not least main field of drafting is the civil field which focuses all of its attention on objects like roads, bridges, or any type of design that is meshed with our natural environment. I enjoy working with all of these fields and will never hold myself to just one because I feel I need to know all of them equally in order to provide customers with any type of design they might want. The drafting field is constantly changing and being updated to provide drafters with the best tools possible for their design needs. Personally I can’t get enough of it and will always enjoy designing 2D and 3D models. The drafting field has so many different aspects that it is really hard to fully know all of them, but at least I can try. Thanks for letting me discuss the matter of Drafting and design or CAD as I know it.