Compendium of Design

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Materials & Equipment

Technical drawings require a variety of specialised drawing media, materials and equipment. The use of these ensures that drawings are accurate, clearly communicate their intended visual message, and ensure efficiency in preparing the drawing.

It is important that these media, materials and equipment are used as they ensure that instrumental drawings are keep clean, legible and precise. Individual definitions of the materials, media and equipment can be found in the respective sections of the website.

The recommended media, material and equipment list for senior school student can include:


Equipment Image Description Purpose
Drawing Boards
Drawing Boards

Melamine Drawing Boards are designed to provide an uninterrupted, smooth and solid drawing surface that works well with any drawing medium.

Positioning and holding drawing paper in place.
Drafting Table

Desktop Drawing Board consists of a drawing board designed to suit A size drawings and is equipped with a Parallel Motion Rule and steel framed backstand.

Positioning and holding drawing paper in place.
Drafting Machine

Freestanding drawing board and machine consists of a drawing board designed to suit A size drawings and is equipped with a Parallel Motion Rule and steel framed backstand and floor stand.

Positioning and holding drawing paper in place.
Pencils and Pens 
Clutch Pencil
An alternative to a traditional wooden pencil for drawing, writing, sketching. Includes a 2mm HB lead.  Drawing various lines within the technical drawing.
Woodcase Greylead  
Premium quality sketching and drawing tools with a break-resistant lead. Drawing various lines within the technical drawing. 
Double Hole Barrel Sharpener is perfect for sharpening standard and jumbo pencils and features a hinged cover to prevent spillage. Keeps pencils sharp to achieve required line thickness.
Technical Drawing Pens

A set of pens for drawing.

Drawing and drafting linework.
Precision Technical Drawing Pens

A set of professional drawing pens for drawing.The pens contain acid-free, water-based pigment ink that is water resistant and fade proof.

Precision drawing and drafting linework.
Straight Edges  
Wooden drawing edge with perpendicular guide. A clear perspex edge on both sides allows guide to be used by either left handed or right handed drawer.  Drawing horizontal lines and allow set squares to achieve desired angles.
Clear plastic ruler with metric measurements.  For measuring line work.
Scale Ruler  
 triangular ruler with 12 sets of ratios currently used in technical drawings.  For the drawing and reading of scaled drawings.
Set Squares  
A flexible professional quality set squares supplied as a pair: 30°/60° and 45° set squares, stored in a protective plastic wallet.  Creating the desired angle of lines within a technical drawing.
Quality compass with a centre wheel and quick setting mechanism. Features interchangeable lead part and needle, hinged lead and needle legs. The maximum circle capability is 260mm with 395mm when using an extension bar.  Drawing circles and radii.
French Curves  
Strong and durable set of french curves made out of transparent blue plastic featuring an inking edge. They are ideal for drawing smooth curves of varying radii.
Flexible Rulers  
 Flexible curves are a great tool to help you draw perfect curves. The raised inking edge helps to keep your lines clean.  Ideal for drawing irregular curves or shapes.
Circle & Ellipse Template  
A plstic template with built in ink risers. Designed for use with a 0.5mm pencil lead.  Drawing circles and ellipses.
A plastic eraser.     Easily removes graphite marks from paper, matt drafting film or overhead transparencies.
Eraser Shield  
 Thin, flexible, stainless steel erasing shield. Masking to ensure erasing does not remove wanted lines or text.

Professional Practice Tip

Before beginning any drawing, technical or freehand, it is important to ensure that the drawing area has been cleared and that your hands and all drawing equipment are clean. This will ensure that the cartridge paper or tracing film does not pick up any strange marks from you, the food you ate for lunch or the things you've touched in the moments before beginning to draw.