Friday, July 24, 2015

Drawing Better Triangles

When a carpenter, woodworker or anyone else needs to draw a triangle, they don't often rely on their own ability to draw. Instead, they turn to a triangle drawing tool. In simple terms, these tools are shaped like a triangle and often have a cut out - either another triangle or a circle - inside to allow for smaller triangles or easy storage, respectively. The brands (and therefore features, size, etc.) differ from store to store, but all include the basic triangle shape.

The purposes of each triangle drawing tool differ as well. Some brands are for carpentry. Others are cheap for a geometry class (and often last long enough). With each purpose comes a different angle size - thirty degrees, sixty degrees, a right angle, etc. Some will adjust; others do not. Depending on what size the triangle needs to be, a tool that will assist in drawing thirty, sixty, and ninety-degree triangles is best. Other triangles may simply require a tool that does forty-five degree and ninety-degree angles.

The materials for each tool differ as well. These drafting triangles come in aluminum, plastic, and acrylic. While pencil may mark up plastic and acrylic, the aluminum is unaffected - but by the end of a geometry class, who honestly cares if the plastic or acrylic one is destroyed? Aluminum is the material on the next step up - mainly for professionals or those who will be in many math classes and need a good triangle tool.

However, acrylic and plastic serve their own purpose in the professional world. These two materials are better suited for a color change than aluminum, which can allow a busy work place a little ease when someone needs a loaner and offers an easier way to locate a borrowed one in class.

Whatever material or degree range is needed, a drafting triangle tool is a good way to go.


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