A technical drawing, also known as an engineering drawing, is a detailed, precise diagram or plan that conveys information about how an object functions or is constructed. Engineers, electricians and contractors all use these drawings as guides when constructing or repairing objects and buildings.
Why are technical drawings important?
Technical drawings bridge the communication between designers, the people who come up with ideas, and producers, the people who put those ideas into practice. They’re designed as a universal language to be understood by engineers, contractors and architects.
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Types of technical drawings
Mechanical engineering drawing
Mechanical engineering drawings are used to define the requirements for engineering products/components. They serve as technical manuals and as trouble-shooting tools for identifying the weak spots in a mechanical design. Mechanical drawings rely on precise mathematical equations to accurately depict the mechanism and its component parts.
Electrical drawings are technical documents that depict and notate designs for electrical systems. They convey relevant information about lighting, wiring and power sources, as well as information about voltage and capacity. Technicians rely on electrical drawings during a building’s construction or when repairing a building’s electrical system.
Architectural drawings are detailed, precise depictions of every aspect of the construction being proposed. Architects use the drawings to visualise ideas and concepts, turn a design idea into a coherent plan for a building and decide the type of supplies and labour that is needed for the project.
Technical drawing software
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AutoCAD includes specialised toolsets, such as architecture, mechanical, electrical and more. Access over 750,000 intelligent objects and parts with industry libraries. Automate common actions in technical drawings such as inserting doors, generating bills of materials and creating PLC I/O drawings.
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