This is a list for future students who intend to participate in architecture at university. This is just a personal list of what I found most helpful after idiot at Penn State University.
Vyco – I had never heard of Vyco before it's quite useful content. We had to get a rather big piece of vyco, and luckily architecture dropped out for me. It's softer material that gives a little bit when you draw so you're not drawing on a hard surface. It matters.
Parallel Rule – This is one of the most important tools to create. Before I went to school I had never heard of that and what I said, and when I ordered it, I had no idea how it worked. Do not be afraid, although it is very easy to use after a quick installation. Basically, it is a ruler who walks up and down the table using a guidewire that always creates parallel lines. You can even tilt to get angular parallel lines. Identified will be a technical type. I do not know how I lived without it before. Keep in mind they are quite expensive, but they are definitely worth it. If you can, invest in the best you can get, because it will be a great investment.
Triangle (30-60-90; 45-45-90) – No, I'm talking about a music triangle. I'm talking about architectural triangles. You should probably get two. 30 degree triangle and 45 degree triangle. The hand in hand for building lines and vertical lines (in conjunction with your parallel rule).
Adjustable Triangle – Although this is not necessary, I found it rather useful when I had to recreate a certain line angle. I had a large 12 "triangle, which was useful for the big line, but I recommend getting 6", much easier to handle.
2mm Lead Holder and Lead – Forget old wooden pencils to draw, get a clutch pencil. They are much more durable, you have better grip, easily interchangeable hardness of ways, and you can always hold a sharp point. Decide to become technical drawings.
Lead Pointer – Make sure you get the 2mm cursor to sharpen the big lead you bought. This is a smart device that sharpen your way when you're turning the top with meals. It's quite addiction, but you must take care of it before you know it, you're boring. Some of my classmates started collecting the dust, it ran out after a while.
Kneaded Eraser – Great asset to unleash the lines. Definitely useful in all kinds of situations and fun to play with.
Compass Set – To be honest you do not even have equipment, but you never know when it might be useful. All you really need is a compass. I prefer to myself without a bar in the center, mainly because I'm frustrated with it, but it's much more accurate to get one with a bar in the middle (not sure about the technical name). Clocks come in handy, well, draw circles. And the door swings.
Proportional partition – The relative partition is just that. It takes a certain measurement at the other end and, on the other hand, changing it in the third, fourth, sixth, etc.. It is very useful when drawing up or down. They are quite expensive though, but if you have the money, I definitely recommend it. If you do not have money for it, just get a regular replacement device (they usually come with a compass kit). They become almost as useful.
Rolling and Tracing Paper ( Rolls ) – Tracking paper is always good for clear sketches / drawings and not spending good paper. Vellum is becoming. It is a high quality paper that is translucent (like scratch paper). It's great drawing paper, definitely worth it. We used to deal with velvety as it was gold.
Drawing Table – Make sure to record a drawing board. Honestly, roll all you need, at least what I needed, and I used it a lot. You use it to keep all your drawings on your board. I still have more than half of my roll.
Circular Template – Not necessary, but may be temporary sometimes, especially when drawing is a Roman temple.
We also had a model part during the semester. Here are some of the tools we used:
Tacky Glue – This is a magic glue. Not really, but it was definitely useful and very quick dried. Also, while you are in the glue, pick up the rubber cement. It's pretty good to paste paper into a piece.
Hot guns – Although it is not good to use final projects, it is good for floating students. Certain time saver.
Utility Knife / Xacto Knife – These were great assets in the model. I had to cut so much of cardboard, particleboard and all kinds of paper, they always came well. Be sure to get extra sheets. I learned the hard way that scores with a bad blade leading to bad things. (Nothing cruel, just bad crafts). I would suggest to get a utility knife with a pop-up case like the one listed so that the blade is easily changed, not a kind with a screw. They are painful.
All this ends up being quite expensive, but you use it all, so it will use it. If you are wondering where to find these products, visit http://www.mildesigner.com since I have each product listed.