Isometric Drawing Paper

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Review by tenontim posted 02-01-2012 05:30 PM 6102 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For all of you pencil, paper, I don’t have time to learn SketchUp, hard heads like me, I found a nice little resource on the web. It’s isometric drawing paper, for hand drawing 3d sketches. You can buy this paper already printed, but I found several sites that let you download and print your own, as you need it. The site at has the best set up that I found, since you can change the perimeters and line colors.
Give it a try, for more professional looking drawings. I’ve been have having a lot of fun with it.

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#1 posted 02-01-2012 05:43 PM

This is a great find! Can’t thank you enough. do all of my projects by hand drawing and i have been doing ISO drawings with 30-60-90 triangles. This paper solves my problem!

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 05:50 PM

Thanks! I just printed some up and they’ll be very useful.

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#3 posted 02-01-2012 06:35 PM

Thanks This will work perfectly for us Sketchup challenged people.

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 06:41 PM

Thanks for sharing this Tim. I also like to draw my ideas up on paper as well.

Good luck.

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#5 posted 02-01-2012 08:23 PM

Damn, are they still making that?? I first used it in the late 60’s or early 70’s. I think that I last used it in the late 80’s. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#6 posted 02-01-2012 09:52 PM

Thanks very much for sharing! That is a very useful product!

Now I’m going to have to go out and get some more cartridges for my printer!!!! LOL!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 02-02-2012 12:27 AM

pretty kool link Tim. I’m sure it will be used fer somethin along the way. thnx fer postin

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#8 posted 02-02-2012 07:57 AM

For those that like this route, there is also a “rolling ruler” that makes these kinds of drawings easier particularly when it comes to parallel lines. It is basically a ruler with two tires that roll, parallel for the most part, over the paper. It also has some other capabilities that become obvious once you see one of the pictures of these rulers. The one I have is probably over 15 years old and it still works without a “software” update and the learning curve is very shallow.

There are so many rolling rulers available out there I don’t want to single out a specific one. Just use your favorite browser and search for “rolling ruler”. You will find many more than you need.

With respect to SketchUp, I have tried it and gone back to PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation) with CoCreate solid modelling which, for being FREE, is a true 3D modelling program with 2D annotation for automatic part print generation. It does have some limits i.e. no rendering and limited to 60 parts but other than that I find it easier than SketchUp. Don’t get me wrong, there is a learning curve associated with both of these but the CoCreate, now Creo, modelling program uses more terms that are familiar i.e. extrude, turn, mill, punch, bore, fillet etc..

If anyone is interested, I can show some examples.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#9 posted 02-02-2012 01:23 PM

I’d like to see some examples.

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#10 posted 02-03-2012 05:38 PM

I also would be intrested in some examples. I took drafting in high school so drawing my projects was never a problem but maybe I should join the real world. Just what I need to take away more shop time.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#11 posted 02-03-2012 08:40 PM


The isometric paper was the “only way” to draft piping spools and other things in the petrochemical and refining engineering fieldds, but was relegated to the past by the rise of drafting software, mainly AUTOCAD and INTERGRAPH, before the pletora of drafting software now available. We used to have floors full of drafting boards, but those are gone too. I still put on paper my woodworking project thoughts and I will until I die – I think

But SKETCHUP and other programs, bring possibilities that didn’t exist when we drafted on paper – No more erasing machines and messy crums…

-- Life is what we make of it

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#12 posted 02-04-2012 04:08 PM

I like iso pads. We use them at work. I enjoy drawing by hand.

Thanks for posting this. Its good for people to remember there are other ways to drawn stuff other than sketch up. Sketch up is good technology, but its not necessary and its not for everyone.

-- There are many ways to skin a cat...... but, the butter knife is not recommended

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#13 posted 02-04-2012 05:58 PM

I’ve seen this before and it sure beats regular graph paper for working drawings. Thanks for the link, they have a lot of options to suit just about anyone

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#14 posted 02-05-2012 01:43 AM

Thanks for the link…very helpful : )

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#15 posted 02-08-2012 08:43 AM

PCM, grumpy749, Roco54, and other that might be interested

I have a very short introduction (I do mean very short) in a PDF document and as soon as I figure out how to attach this file I will put it in this thread.

As I stated previously, I use Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express from PTC (link below to free 3D CAD) and to the company itself.

On the right side of the download page you will see the Free download – Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express

CAD download link
PTC company link

As I stated before, you should be able to do anything in woodworking, and more, with this software!
Honestly I don’t understand how they can give this away!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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