Mechanical Drafting 101
With the explosion of technology as we view it today, an understanding of moving from idea to product is essential. In drafting the student is introduced to concepts as they relate to the four technologies. Within each aspect the student will be guided through instruction, demonstration, hands on activities and problem solving techniques. Computer Aided Design (CAD) will be introduced. CAD is the organized use of a computer, LCD monitor, input device, and CAD software to perform drafting and design tasks. These tasks can range from the simple and repetitive to the complex. Since all drafting skills can be reduced to the use of lines, arcs, points, symbols, and text, most CAD systems deal with these primitives and the many ways of grouping, reusing, and manipulating these items. The primitives are used to create more complex drawings through the use of any number of input devices to form the drawing on the screen. Through the use of the software, the drawing can be modified, stored, or dumped to a plotter to produce a hard copy.