As a freelancing draughtsperson, I have received widespread experience for my contributions in both mechanical and electrical draughting while being involved in product development, presentation, and design reviews. My work involved a combination of technical expertise and creativity. I also brings together technologies from different environments and works inventively. In so doing, I am able to translate ideas into working products that meet the needs. I also endeavour to help engineering designers in improving their productivity. My primary function was to identify the specific needs of professionals designers within the construction industry and then to meet these requirements in a professional, time sensitive and cost-effective manner. I also offer services as complex as Concept Design, Project Planning and Compiling Design Applications or Presentations. I work with a team of skilled and experienced draughtsman from different disciplines who are dedicated to providing reliable and professional service that is on time every time. We use the latest Synchronous 3D modelling software and also use laser as well as infrared reflector-less surveying equipment onsite when producing layout drawings, assembly or detail drawings and mechanical surveying depending on the clients requirements.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Technical Publications

Technical Illustration is the use of illustration to visually communicate information of a technical nature. Technical illustrations can be components of technical drawings or diagrams. Technical illustrations in general aim "to generate expressive images that effectively convey certain information via the visual channel to the human observer".Technical illustrations generally have to describe and explain the subjects to a nontechnical audience. Therefore, the visual image should be accurate in terms of dimensions and proportions, and should provide "an overall impression of what an object is or does, to enhance the viewer’s interest and understanding". Technical illustration has three categories based on the type of communication:
Communication with the general public - informs the general public, for example illustrated instructions found in the manuals for vehicles and consumer electronics. This type of technical illustration contains simple terminology and symbols that can be understood by the lay person and is sometimes called creative technical illustration/graphics.
Specialized engineering or scientific communication - used by engineers/scientists to communicate with their peers and in specifications. This use of technical illustration has its own complex terminology and specialized symbols; examples are the fields of  aerospace and military/defense. These areas can be further broken down into disciplines of mechanical, electrical, architectural engineering and many more.
Communication between highly skilled experts - used by engineers to communicate with people who are highly skilled in a field, but who are not engineers. Examples of this type of technical illustration are illustrations found in user/operator documentation. These illustrations can be very complex and have jargon and symbols not understood by the general public, such as illustrations that are part of instructional materials for operating CNC machinery.
As Designers, we produce illustrations for inhouse publications, and also can produce an illustration to insert within documentation. As illustrators. We produce line and colour illustrations from any source information, by viewing the actual equipment to working from engineering drawings. We use several basic mechanical drawing configurations called axonometric projection. These are: Parallel projections (oblique, planometric, isometric, dimetric, and trimetric), and many types of perspective projections (with one, two, or three vanishing points). Technical illustration and computer-aided design (CAD) can also use 3D and solidbody projections, such as rapid prototyping.In the natural sciences, "scientific illustration" refers to a style of drawing using stippling and simple line techniques to convey information with a minimum of artistic interpretation.
Most commonly now, we work from many electronic formats, but mainly STEP or IGES. Whilst CAD has opened the door to the creation of an illustration at the click of button, in reality, it is not always as simple as that. Quite often an assembly can have more than one CAD file, from different sources with little or no interface detail between them, this is where the skill of a technical Illustrator does bridge the gap. Most illustrations can be produced to any specification required. JSP186, JSP(D)543, ATA iSpec 2200, S1000D. My software of choice is Isodraw, though Ialso utilise Solidworks 3dVIA for colour work and animations.
Mamphake Mabule
Technical Illustrator
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