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On Being the Bridge

One thing that I have observed in my time as a draftsman, is that there exists a certain awkwardness in which people approach you.  You see, when you’re a draftsman in a large engineering, architectural, or contracting firm, you’re not an engineer, architect, or contractor – but depending on how long you’ve been in your particular field, you can certainly play one.

You know why things look the way they do; you have a little library of basic codes and formulas tucked away somewhere, either in your brain or in a constantly updated notebook or file, enough so that you can start on a design if the team is busy.  Maybe you even have picked up enough knowledge that you can field client calls, or have gotten a certification that shows that you can make crucial design decisions in a pinch.

And yet… there will always be that strange sense of otherness, because in the end you are still not an architect/engineer/designer/contractor/specialist.

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SKETCH vs. SPLINE

 

Patent illustration was what I cut my teeth on, and still remains that comforting place to go, where I always know what to do and how to achieve the end result, even before I get started.

Working in something like patent illustration, where you use commands as they are useful to you, and not always as they were originally intended to be used, definitely has helped my experience to be broader, and I feel more comfortable delving into the some of the less commonly used commands.  If the shoe fits, after all!

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Model Space and Paper Space

 

I’ve trained quite a few people in AutoCAD, and I’ve taken note of some of the common things that newcomers to the program have the most trouble with.  The biggest one:  The difference between Model and Paper spaces.

For those of us who have used CAD-type programs for any length of time, trying to remember that initial confusion at meeting the two is hard, kind of like trying to remember how awkward and challenging it was to ride a two-wheeled bike for the first time.  But never forget that – it’s such a basic part of the program it deserves a little extra time to be explained.

There are different levels of confusion that come out when a newcomer is first introduced to the concept:  Some have a problem understanding how viewports on paper space connect with the images on model space.  Others have a hard time understanding where to do their drafting – a lot of offices want certain things done on paper space.  Confusion about the two can lead to a lot of mistakes, and time wasted putting things to right.

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AutoCAD Conference 2011

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Good patent illustration is thorough and clear

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