How to Draw Scientific Equipment

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The origin of science goes back centuries and often began with a simple drawing of scientific equipment. The writings and drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci, for example, led to much of today's science and technology---some of his drawings featured the helicopter, revolving bridge and scuba gear. Other scientific equipment such as beakers, pipettes and microscopes often began with a simple drawing---drawings that are easy to do yourself.

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Draw a rectangle on its side.

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Add two triangles on the sides of the rectangle. Drop three lines down from the corners of the rectangle and connect the lines (this makes the base 3D).

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Connect the two triangles at their points and erase the inner lines. Add three small can shapes to the base to make the feet.

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Draw a rectangle with a rounded edge on top of the base. Drop lines from the corner and make it look three-dimensional like the base in step 2.

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Extend a curved arm up from the base. Place a ball at the top and make the front of the arm straight.

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Where the arm curves, draw a second line and connect in the corner. Extend the bottom to make it 3D, and add a rectangle to make the stage.

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Drop the corners of the stage down and connect to make 3D (as in steps 2 and 4). Add a cube on the bottom of the stage that connects to the arm base and erase the inner lines.

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Add an oval to the front of the ball to make the revolving nose-piece. Place a cylinder on top of the ball to create the body tube and the lens (eyepiece). Draw a squat can shape on the base underneath the stage to make the light source and add an oval on the flat side of the arm.

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Turn the oval into the coarse adjustment knob by drawing another can shape. Add three cylinders of different lengths to the nose-piece to become the objectives.

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Draw a circle on the stage to let the light through. On either side of the circle, draw a long triangle to make up the stage clips. On the sides of the cube, add two cylinders to make the fine adjustment knobs. Draw a rectangle on the base for the on/off switch to complete.

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Trace the drawing with pen and erase the pencil when the ink is dry.

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Draw an oval.

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Find the center of the oval and draw a cylinder on top of the mark.

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Connect the sides of the oval to a point about 1/3 of the way down the cylinder.

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Erase all of the inner lines (except for the oval) and draw a line parallel to the side of the beaker. On the line, draw four lines of the same size. Between those four lines, draw three smaller lines in between to make a "measurement line."

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Trace the drawing with a pen and erase the pencil when the ink is dry.

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Draw a thin rectangle.

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Place a half-circle on the left end of the rectangle.

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Attach a triangle on the right end of the rectangle. Place a long skinny rectangle on the tip of the triangle.

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Erase all of the inner lines.

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Go over the drawing with a pen and erase the pencil when the ink is dry.

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