The essential tools you need to model an object later in 3D on your computer.
Step 1: Assembling the Kit
To model an item in 3D, you need to know the object's dimensions and details. Sometimes you can obtain drawings or blueprints to help you, but for the smaller items, you need a way to record some basic measurements and details.
Assemble the following components:
3"x5" memo pad
6-inch steel pocket ruler
6 foot measuring tape
Most of these items can be found in your local grocery or department store. You may need to visit a hardware store to get the steel pocket ruler.
Step 2: The Measuring Group
The Measuring Group is made up of two components - the 6-inch steel rule and the 6-foot measuring tape.
The 6-inch steel rule, unlike a regular ruler starts at the very end of the ruler, allowing for very precise measurements for both standard and metric. The one I have also has decimal equivalents on the back for standard 8ths, 16ths, 32nds and 64ths divisions.
The steel rule's pocket clip also allows it to be used as a depth gauge.
The slim 6-foot measuring tape allows you to measure objects larger than six inches or around odd-shaped items and still be a convenient size for your pocket. This measuring tape also measures in metric.
Step 3: The Recording Group
The measurements are useless without some way of recording them so they can be used later, along with any unusual details.
The notepad allows you to write down measurements and make detailed drawings of the object your modelling.
A mechanical pencil allows you to write and erase as necessary.
Step 4: Upgrades
Some basic upgrades to this kit would include:
0.5mm mechanical pencil for sharper details
Pocket protractor for angles.
Rubber eraser for removing pencil marks and paperweight.