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1: Describe the drafting tools and materials used in drawing plans

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  • Traditionally, drafters sat at drafting boards and used pencils, pens, compasses, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices to prepare a drawing manually. Today, however, most professional drafters use computer-aided drafting (CAD) systems to prepare drawings. Although drafters use CAD extensively, it is only a tool. Drafters and tradespersons still need knowledge of traditional drafting tools and techniques.