What is drafting?
by Tim Hunter
Drafting, otherwise known as technical drawing, is the creating of accurate representations of objects, buildings or houses for technical, architectural or engineering purposes. Someone who is skilled in drafting is called a draftsman or draftsperson.
In drafting, objects are drawn to scale, and usually comprise a top view, a main view and a side view of the object or building. They are usually very detailed, and are often used as blueprints for the construction or assembly of the object. While they are often used in engineering, they are more common in architecture. Architects will engage draftsmen to draft house designs, showing the dimensions of the house, the configuration of the rooms, and specifications for windows, doors, lights, appliances and other features, as well as external details such as driveways, garden beds, fencing and roof type. These are house plans or building plans.
Traditionally, house plans and technical drawings are done on paper with pencils, rulers and protractors, but more recently, computer-assisted design, or CAD, has become the preferred way of drafting design. It produces a three-dimensional technical image of the object or building, and is quicker and more accurate than a manual drawing. It can also be stored electronically, and provides more detail and options. Drafting services use CAD and archiCAD as their major method of creating plans and designs.
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