Saturday, March 7, 2015

Important Drafting Tools That Are Probably Missing From Your Studio

There are hundreds of different tools for drafting available today. Some people do not even know about some of the most classic tools that have been used for decades. The reality is that the right selection of tools can make many drafting tasks simpler and can provide better results. Several drafting tools are available that might be missing from many studios.

Complete Compass Set

Most people who do drafting regularly have a compass. Something that might not be in the studio is a complete compass set. The set is a collection of different tools and attachments that are incredibly versatile. They generally include a solid compass, an extension bar for larger arcs and multiple attachments. The attachments can be used to draw an ink line, cut clean circles or hold a technical pen in the compass. This is one of the most useful and essential tools for drafting.


A pantograph is a simple tool that can take the stress out of scaling drawings up or down. The device expands and contains a network of holes. The positioning of the joints and holes can be adjusted in order to select the exact ratio to use when scaling an image. It is an analog device. A stylus is placed in the bottom hole and a pen or other drawing tool at top end. As the existing image is being traced, the pantograph draws it at a different scale on another surface simultaneously.

Expandable Divider

An expandable divider is one of the most effective drafting tools available today. This is a metal device with a number of teeth on the bottom. The divider expands out like an accordion. The unique aspect of the divider is that all of the teeth maintain a perfectly equal distance from each other. Marks on the divider allow the user to select the exact measurement of the division between the teeth. This tool can be used to quickly mark out equal divisions or make precise measurements.

Ruling Pen

A final tool that should be in every studio is a ruling pen. This is similar to a crow quill although it is far more precise. The pen is dipped into ink and then used with a straightedge, French curve or other tool. The nib can be adjusted to get a single consistent line weight for the entire stoke. Ruling pens can make many drafting tasks much easier.


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