Drawing aids, Continued
In general, special irregular curves are curves not common to a Navy
Drafting shop. These include ships curves, mechanical engineers curves,
conic sections, and logarithmic spiral curves.
SHIPS CURVES: These curves are peculiar to ship building. They are
elongated curvilinear shapes in a variety of sizes.
Figure 2-48 shows ships curves.
MECHANICAL ENGINEERS CURVES: Irregular noncircular curves are
drawn with mechanical engineers curves. These curves are very similar to
CONIC SECTIONS and LOGARITHMIC SPIRAL CURVES: These curves
are rarely found in a Navy Drafting shop.
This unusual rule is used for drawing irregular curves. Completely flexible,
most bend to a minimum radius of 2 inches. They have a metal or lead core
which makes them bendable to any desired shape. Some have clear plastic
edges graduated in increments.
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