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BASIC DRAWING / OFFICE EQUIPMENT - 4

V. Ryan 2005

 

When drawing, sketching or attempting basic graphics work the equipment shown below is very useful and sometimes essential.

   

A Flexi-curve is used to draw curves. It can be formed into almost any curve as it is flexible. Flex-curves are useful as they are simply shaped to form the desired curve. However, a flex-curve is delicate and if forced into a tight curve it will break.

   

French Curves are purchased in sets of three or four. They are used to draw curves by finding the section of curve that matches the desired shape on the profile of the curve.
Some French Curves also have either circles or ellipses of various sizes cut out. These can be used in the same way as circle or ellipse templates.

 

 

A Parallel Rule is used to draw parallel lines. It is basically two rulers held together by two linkages. The linkages provide the parallel motion. The rulers have scales either metric, imperial or both.

   

An Adjustable Square is a set square which can be adjusted to almost any angle. When adjusted a small screw is hand tightened, locking the set square in position. This means that there is no need to have both 45 and 30/60 degree set squares. They are much more expensive than normal set squares.

 

A compass cutter is extremely useful if you are attempting to cut circles in card or paper. using scissors often produces poor results but a compass cutter usually cuts accurately. The compass cutter can be adjusted to cut circles of varying sizes. The cutting point is a craft knife blade. care should still be taken when using this type of cutter.

   
 
   

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