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Drafting Certification


Credential: Certificate

The purpose of our Drafting Certificate program is to provide more than basic Architectural and Mechanical Drafting Skills. Our students will receive the skills to create complete Residential Construction, Survey, and Mechanical / Machine drawings. Subjects include drafting practices, and CAD software. Students are taught by a professional General Draftsman who has over 39 years drafting experience.


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General Discussion / MCHS Drafting Class Lesson
« on: April 20, 2020, 11:32:21 AM »
The assignment for Drafting Class at McMinn County High School is at http://draftingschool.net/mchscte/

Enjoy. I think it'll be fun...

Tim (Mr. Davis)

General Discussion / Mr. Davis's 7th period class Quiz
« on: December 06, 2019, 02:32:07 PM »
Explain what you've learned so far in brief. 100 words minimum.

General Discussion / Mr. Davis's 6th period class Quiz
« on: December 06, 2019, 01:30:36 PM »
Explain what you've learned so far in brief. 100 words minimum...

General Discussion / Mr. Davis's 5th period class Quiz
« on: December 06, 2019, 12:33:50 PM »
Explain what you've learned so far in brief. 100 words minimum.

General Discussion / Mr. Davis's 4th period class Quiz
« on: December 06, 2019, 11:04:29 AM »
Explain what you've learned so far in brief.

In 60 words or more, tell me what you think you've learned using the House Plan Drafting courses please. This counts as a grade...

CAD Forum Discussions / Architectural Scales
« on: July 30, 2017, 09:31:22 AM »
In order that the dimensions of an object can be read with any accuracy, it's best to make a drawing to a certain scale, which in the case of house or commercial building plans is usually 1/4" = 1'-0". This means that every quarter inch of the drawing is considered to be one foot in actual construction, and every 1/8th of an inch will represent six inches. When referring to the dimensions of a drawing it's usually customary to show only the real or full size dimensions of the object, regardless of the smaller size that it may be necessary to create the drawing on paper. If we don't do this, we may wind up with a bunch of confusion.

The size of the scale is the choice of the drafter, or the size of the paper that the drawing has to be drawn on. In architectural work scales of 1/4" = 1'-0" and 1/8" = 1'-0" are commonly used for the construction plans of buildings, while other scales such as 1/2" = 1'-0". and 3" = 1'-0" are used for parts which require a more complete visible clarity. These drawings are known as details.

Special measuring instruments known as Architects or Engineers scales are made with graduated divisions to indicate the several scales used. These instruments, or scales, are not absolutely necessary, as any scale divided into sixteenths of an inch may be used for a variety of scales by a little mental effort in conceiving one or more of its divisions as representing the desired unit for the reduced scale. It's just easier to use a scale made to read these reduced dimensions.

CAD Resources / Using the UCS icon in a 2d drawing
« on: July 13, 2017, 09:31:30 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL21994F509" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL21994F509</a>

General Discussion / Checking who's still taking their courses
« on: April 03, 2017, 10:17:02 PM »
I'll be purging the database of members who have completed their courses. If you are still in the process, please reply to this thread so you membership stays active.


CAD Resources / Top Ten AutoCAD Tricks for New AutoCAD Users
« on: December 12, 2016, 11:48:17 AM »

AutoCAD is used by professionals world-wide to create the drawing files that define the buildings, equipment and products we use every day. If you are looking for a job in design or construction, you need to know AutoCAD in order to command high wages and job security. These easy tips will help new users get up to speed fast.

Use the Pull Down Menus

If you look at the top of the AutoCAD screen you will see menus like Draw, Edit, Modify, etc. Use these menus to launch AutoCAD commands. As you become more familiar with AutoCAD you may elect to use the toolbars and the command prompt to issue commands, but new users learn and work faster if they use the pull down menus.

Keep Your Eye on the Command Prompt

At the bottom of the screen you will find the Command prompt. Keep your eye on this space when you issue commands. You will find that every command you issue puts its options on this line. So, if you start the CIRCLE command, you will find you can type D to indicate that you want to specify a diameter for the circle you want to create.

Learn How to Identify Points

New AutoCAD users struggle with the many ways in which they can enter points in AutoCAD. You can type them (3,4), you can click your mouse to select them, you can use Object Snaps to pick up points on existing geometry (hold down the shift key and right-click to see the Osnap menu). You can Also select a point, move your mouse up or down, right or left and type a distance. Take 30 minutes and learn all the ways you can select points in AutoCAD by reviewing its Help files. you will save yourself hundreds of hours of work and create better drawings.

Never Ever Draw What You Can Copy

New AutoCAD users spend too much time drawing. If you've ever drawn something, you should never need to draw the thing again. Learn how to use the BLOCK and WBLOCK commands to create named geometry you can use over and over again. Learn how to use the INSERT or DESIGN CENTER and EXPLODE commands to place editable geometry in your drawing.

Learn How to Use Model Space/Paper Space or Layouts

Its really very simple. You Click the MODEL tab. You draw your objects at full scale (one inch in the real world is one inch in AutoCAD's model space). Select a Layout to toggle into paper space. Specify the size of your paper. Use the MVIEW command to "cut a hole" in the paper and display the objects in model space. Select the edge of the hole, right-click and choose a scale for the view. Double-click inside the hole and pan the view so its centered. Double-click outside the hole. From the File menu choose Plot to plot your scaled drawing. The instructions for using Layouts vary slightly based on which version of AutoCAD you are using, but the basic technique is always the same. Draw full scale in model space. Create scaled drawings in Layouts.

Be Organized

If you don't know how to create and navigate to folders in Windows, life with AutoCAD will be a misery. It will scatter your files all over your hard disk or network. you will never be able to find anything. There are a million books and websites that review Windows fundamentals, take a moment to master the basic skills they review. you will spend less time looking for things.

Use External References

If you are working as members of a team, put the geometry you need in one file. Everyone can then create new files which externally reference that file. The result is, multiple people can work on the same project at the same time. You use the XREF command to place one drawing inside another. You can also use Design Center to insert external references.

Learn How to Use Dimension & Text Styles

To define text fonts that you use in your drawings, use the STYLE command. To define how dimensions look use the DIMSTYLE command. If you don't use dimension and text styles, you spend a great deal of time tweaking each and every dimension and text block you create. If you define a style changing the style updates all the text and dimensions.

Back Up All The Time

If you don't know how your drawings are being backed up, go find out right now. Every drawing represents hundreds or thousands of man hours. A lost, deleted or corrupt drawing file can mean lots of lost revenue. Small design shops using AutoCAD are the worst offenders. They rarely back up, they often lose data. You need to back up in such a way that you can go back four or five versions of your drawing, because often problems in a drawing aren't noticed for a long time. So many lines, so little time . . .

Find Out What Other Folks In the Office Do

Don't be the lone wolf in your AutoCAD office. Use the templates, title blocks, text styles, dimension styles, plot styles and block libraries everyone else uses. It saves everybody time. Your drawings are easier for others to edit and plot. You can edit and plot the drawings of others. Its always better to ask questions (even multiple times) than do something no one else in the office will understand later.

I hope these ten tips will help make you a better AutoCAD user, and that you will learn to love the application as so many have. As complex as it is, as confusing as it can be, there's almost nothing you can't do in AutoCAD one way or another. You can't say that about every CAD application.

Nancy Fulton owns and operates the [http://www.complete-support.com] training site which has hundreds of free AutoCAD tutorials currently online.

General Discussion / Drafting Careers
« on: June 23, 2016, 09:07:12 AM »
Drafting fields vary by the type of drafting they specialize in. The various fields are architectural, structural, electrical and electronic, mechanical or machine, boundary and topographical, general, illustrative, and tracing or reproductive. And each of these fields have their own methods of getting an idea across on paper with similarities that tie them together as a certain type of trained professional.

A good drafters qualifications are: accuracy, technique, speed, economy, and neatness and also a fluent grasp of how to draw in many of the various CAD programs on the market today as well as use of the drafting board. Like many fields, drafting used to be mostly a mans vocation, but no longer because women have entered the work force and showed that they can be just as useful and skilled as any man creating complex drawings.

Accuracy is the greatest of these qualifications. A mistake should be considered as a reflection of the drafters character and every effort should be made to create habits of doing the most accurate work possible.

Technique should be studied and developed thoroughly, because without technique the drafters work looks like it was done by an amateur.

Speed in drafting is the result of mental processes as well as manual dexterity or skill with the mouse and keyboard using CAD. It naturally follows quick thought when the subject is understood and technique is mastered. And with speed comes economy. Speed can be attained by close attention to what details, dimensions, and shading are needed and also what is not required.

And then neatness is the final form of efficiency in light of the other qualities. It should be developed into a habit, and will usually be noticed in the work of those possessing the other qualities.

I've already started to reach out to site with a similar theme to our Online Drafting School. If you are interested in sharing links, please contact me and I'll get the ball rolling.

Sites I've already reached out to:
Hobby Projects dot Com
A B Model Making

If your site is even slightly related to drafting, model making, material layout, surveying, etc,,, a link between us would really help us get the exposure we need to our sites.


General Discussion / Three New Courses in the Works
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:58:18 AM »
I'm pleased to announce that there are three new courses being built starting today.

1. Sheet Metal Drafting
2. Apparel Pattern Drafting
3. Quilt Pattern Drafting

I don't have a completion date for any of the three, but I can say that it won't be long. I've been building notes for these courses for quite some time now.

CAD Resources / Good AutoCAD tutorial
« on: December 09, 2015, 09:02:55 AM »
If you want a kick start on drawing with autocad or even draftsight in architecture, this tutorial is really good... (Drawing Walls)

General Discussion / New board to help with CAD and Drafting
« on: December 01, 2015, 10:54:52 AM »
Hey, I've opened a new message board unlike the course access board you are on now. It's called the CAD Drafting Forum where you can get many of your CAD questions answered in even more detail. I encourage all of you to register there and for those who are starting your own drafting service, it would be a good resource to even more information. I'm inviting CAD manufactures to participate there also. The URL is http://technicaldrawing.us/index.php


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