What you'll learn
- 2D AutoCAD foundations
- CAD interface navigation
- AutoCAD commands
- Drawing setup and creation
- Drawing presentation skills and professional practice
Diploma in Technical Drawing
Introduction to Technical Drawing
Kickstart your technical drawing journey and dive into everything you need to know about the basics of technical drawing. The first lesson in this technical drawing course aims to provide a holistic understanding of all the industries that use technical drawing. The lesson will also look at the career opportunities that will become available to you after completing this course. You will learn about the practical side of technical drawing before looking at the computer-aided software programs such as CAD, REVIT and 3D SketchUp that you will use on your journey.
Gathering the Tools
Communication is key in the interior design, architectural and engineering professions, and this is where this lesson begins. Communication develops through drawings so this lesson will investigate the expectations when it comes to creating your technical drawings. You will look at the communication tools in a holistic view as we touch on drawing tools such as section views, drawing schedules, assembly drawing and many more. Without your drawing tools you wouldn't be able to create your drawings, so before the lesson ends, you will learn about the different tools that are used for manual and CAD drafting.
Start With a Line
What may seem like an incredibly simple concept, in fact, plays a huge role in how we read technical drawings. A simple line is the foundation to your drawings and, therefore, you cannot underestimate the topic of line types and line weights as they are equally of huge importance when creating your technical drawings. In this lesson, you will look at everything to do with drawing line types and investigate the meaning of line weights. You will look at how these elements provide great insight into your drawings, and once the foundation has been laid, you will learn how to create your very own line weight style and template for all your drawings going forward.
Evolution of Technical Drawing
Drafting is one of the oldest documented professions. Did you know that the earliest site of drawing was found on cave walls? This is a very exciting lesson as you journey through the evolution of drafting and the development of technical drawing. Dig deeper into the development of technical drawings and start to see the evolution of drawing standards and drafting tools. An extremely important lesson and one not to be missed!
The Title Block
Setting up your drawing is the foundation to technical drawing. Without a title block and the relevant information added to your technical drawing, your drawings are incomplete. In this lesson, you will learn everything you need to about the title block, what information needs to appear on the title block and how to create your own title block template by hand. On the topic of creating manual drawings, this lesson also takes a deeper look at the importance of free-hand sketching your preliminary ideas and concepts. This is an important lesson that will assist you in developing an idea and setting up your title block to present your idea.
Getting Creative With Shape
Shapes are the foundation and starting point to your technical drafting journey. Shape is imperative to construction and drawing development. In this lesson, you will learn the ins and outs of various geometric shapes as well as the importance of shape in technical drafting.
The Technique of Geometric Construction
Shape has the ability to transform your technical drawings. In this lesson, you will build on what you learned in the previous lesson and start the process of geometric construction. You will learn the ins and outs of geometric construction of various shapes, such as the circle, line and angle, as you use board drafting techniques to develop the concept of geometric construction.
ABC of Annotation
Adding detail to your drawing in the form of annotation is what this lesson is all about. You will look at what annotation is and various forms of annotation before you tackle annotation text on your drawings. Some of the areas focused on are annotation text and style as well as the general methodology surrounding annotating your technical drawings. Before the end of this lesson, you will develop your own annotative style.
Intermediate in Technical Drawing
The Ins and Outs of Loci
Did you know that the locus of a point is the path traced by a point as it moves in accordance with set conditions and constraints? Well, do not fear, this is exactly what you will learn about in this lesson — loci and what it has to do with your technical drafting. At the end of the lesson, you will look at how to apply loci to a drawing by hand. This lesson is very technical and one that is guaranteed to get your technical juices flowing.
Let’s Get Projecting
Kickstart module 2 with a look at the theory of projection and preparation of your projection drawings. In this lesson, you will navigate geometric construction as you apply them to your various projection methods. This lesson will also cover orthographic projection, multi-view projection and the difference between the first and third angle projection. A very exciting lesson so come prepared!
Stepping Into Perspective
A perspective view can often be a vital component to a technical, construction or manufacturing drawing. Perspective views hold key information for completing the drawing pack. This is where lesson 3 starts off, covering everything about perspective views and the types of perspective views that you will come across such as your one-point, two-point and three-point perspective views. This lesson gets practical, showing you how to create your very own one-point and two-point perspective drawings by hand.
Developing the Surface
This lesson will ensure you understand what the development of a surface means to technical drawing as well as the importance of developing a surface. Tap into parallel line development, radial line development and triangulation development. At the end, you will create some of your very own surface development drawings.
This lesson is all about setting up your technical drawings with some of the drawing techniques covered in previous lessons. Start off by looking into the blueprint — the foundation for any manufacturing or construction of anything. From here, you will look into the plan elevation and section drawings before breaking them up into bitesize building blocks. This lesson is sure to leave your technical geek wanting more.
Part two of your lesson on blueprints moves straight into elevation drawing views. In this lesson, you will focus on what elevation views are, how they are relevant to your technical drawing and the importance of the information shown on an elevation drawing. Elevation drawings are vital for showing heights and finishing features to facades of building, objects and projects, and with that understanding you will tackle some important terminology in an elevation drawing, using it to create your very own elevations of a space you work, live or play in. Bring your sketchbooks along for this one!
Jumping into part three of blueprints, this lesson will kick off by tackling section view or section drawing. To start, you will learn what section views are as well as what they look like in technical drawings. From here, you will look at the purpose of a technical drawing and their relation to the plan drawing, with a strong focus on multi-view projection. You will then touch on the various section drawing views that one would expect to come across and make use of in your technical drawing pack. The lesson ends with a tutorial on how to set up your very own section view and drawing by hand. Another practical lesson so be sure to bring along your sketchbooks again!
Scale and Measurement
Dimensions are vital to any drawing as they give the manufacturer, contractor or creator an idea of the sizes of each element for accurate construction and manufacture. In this lesson, you will learn everything you need to know about dimensions as well as the various dimension styles. This lesson is practical as you start to dimension up your own drawings which will form part of your final portfolio.
Advanced in Technical Drawing
Getting Technical With CAD
Continue your technical drawing journey and dive into everything you need to know about the basics of AutoCAD through the eyes of a product designer. This lesson looks at the CAD set up for a product designer and how they create their designs with CAD software. You will be shown the possibilities of what you can design with the CAD application and gain an understanding of the key skills needed to progress through this course. To begin, you will look at the practical side of technical drawing before diving into installing and setting up the AutoCAD program. This lesson will also explain the importance of drawing and reveal how drawing up your plans and details has developed over the years.
The CAD Commandments
The CAD interface is your new workspace; it contains all the necessary tools and menus to help you find a workflow that matches your current skill set. This lesson sets out to amp up your knowledge of the user interface and look at the best set up for your drawings. Tools and commands are the keys to optimising your drawings so this lesson tackles everything there is to know about them. You will also learn how to set up and customise a standard workspace, looking at all of the different options like your ribbon and the many available commands.
Tow the Line
In this lesson, you will learn the basics of opening, closing and saving your drawings, and the best practice saving methods. You will gain the know-how of how to create your very own templates to carry you right through your drafting journey. The lesson also touches on the cartesian workspace and how to navigate and work with them for best drawing practices. Take your tools a little further as you learn about line tools and create your very first line drawings.
Creating precise and accurate drawings is vital to every profession working with any computer-aided program. This lesson looks at the importance of precise drawings and the various scenarios in which these drawings would be used throughout your career. Dive right into the best tools to be used for the most precise drawing outputs.
Editing the Detail
Time to kick things up a notch as you start to look at how to edit your drawings. You’ve already created basic line drawings and now you are going to look at turning these into amazing floor plans. This lesson is all about editing your creation. Learn how to edit and arrange your drawings, and tackle all of the most commonly used editing tools such as chamfer, crop, mirror and fillet.
Getting Organised With Layers
Drawing organisation is key to successfully getting drawings out precisely and with ease. This is where layers, and understanding how to set up your drawing layers, are crucial to a successful project. This lesson will cover everything you need to know about layers and entity information, you will begin to set up your very own layers template that you can use for all your projects going forward.
Techniques and Tricks
This lesson focuses solely on CAD and how you can increase your understanding of some of the tools. You will learn some creative techniques to fully develop your understanding of the CAD tools and their possibilities, as well as some tricks to increase drawing functionality.
Product Design and Manufacturing
Before this module concludes, you will look at the best design methods for product design. With all of your knowledge obtained on various topics, tools and skills, it is time to put it all into action with a defining project. Understand the steps involved from creation to saving and finish your artwork with all of the essential finishing touches.
Proficient in Technical Drawing
Hatching the Walls
Hatching is an artistic technique used to create tonal or shading effects by drawing. It’s how your drawings come to life. In this lesson, you will develop an understanding of hatching and best hatching practices. This lesson will also take a look at hatching styles and standards, and how hatching becomes your communication tool within your drawings. Before the end of the lesson, you will create your very own hatching template and bring your own drawings to life. This is a very practical lesson so get ready! It also covers everything you need to know about adding the walls, windows and doors to your drawings, looking at the best exit and entrance positions in relation to traffic flow.
Creating the Block
Blocks are an important function when creating your drawings in AutoCAD; create them and add them to all your drawings and create your very own library of blocks. To begin to create your block library, you need to understand the how and why of blocks and that is exactly what is covered in this lesson.
The Title to Your Drawing
Time to look at professional practice and professional drawing presentation. A template and a title block say a lot about the final presentation of your drawings. In this lesson, you will learn how to set up drawing templates for future drawings to come, as well as create your very own drawing title blocks for a professional look and feel to your work.
Annotate Your Detail
This lesson is all about the importance of the detail and annotating your drawings. Understand what it means to add detail and notation as you learn how to use text and notation. Start creating your very own furniture details ready for construction.
Dimensions for Construction
Dimensions are vital to any drawing as they give the manufacturer, contractor or creator an idea of the sizes of each element for accurate construction and manufacture. In this lesson, you will look at how to dimension your drawings in CAD, in both model space and paper space. This lesson will also show you how to set up your dimensioning strategy for all your projects going forward.
Detailing the Joinery
Detailing is vital to the drafters role. Without detailing, you won’t achieve accuracy, and without accuracy, you will have some very unhappy clients. Lesson 4 is all about detailing and how to create your very own details for manufacture.
As-built drawings are the foundation to what architects and designers spend time trying to create. As-built drawings are the blueprints to your masterpieces becoming reality. In this lesson, you will pull apart what the as-built drawing packs look like. Dive into what each drawing should include in terms of detail and information, and then take to a very practical aspect as you start to create a template for your as-built drawing pack that you will complete in lesson 8.
Project Floor Plan
With all of your knowledge on various topics, tools and skills, it is time to put it all into action with a defining project. Understand the steps involved from creation to saving and finish your artwork with all of the essential finishing touches. Layout plans are visual representations of data and information. They are intended to help convey information faster, as the mind processes images faster than words. This final lesson will discuss the different layout plan elements available and the best practices when designing plans before approaching your own layout plan creation in AutoCAD.