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Why do so many graphic designers suck at making gears?

Firstly, not everyone who creates a page/layout is necessarily a graphic designer. Many people who create such documents will just use some clip art. Basically it's copy and paste, scale and re-use. ...
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Why do so many graphic designers suck at making gears?

Form v function... For a designer..... the Function would be a visual metaphor. The Form (if gears would work) is unimportant. For an engineer that's reversed - an engineer would be concerned if the ...
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Why do so many graphic designers suck at making gears?

Disclaimer: This answer, too long to be a comment has definitely sarcasm. //sarcasm mode on Gee. I wonder why icons of people very often do not have ears, eyes, noses, or mouths. Oh, people also have ...
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Constructing a basic shield from primary shapes

When you draw two overlaping circles and a line, a simple shield shape (similar to a gothic arc) emerges in the overlap: If you move the circles closer to each other, you'll get a narrower shield: ...
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Random wave / zig zag lines in Illustrator?

Use the Wrinkle tool on some straight lines. Example
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What is a good software to make technical and/or schematic illustrations about space and orbital dynamics?

While its true you can use inkscape for this. Its not impossible after all any line drawing is possible to do in inkscape. though inkscape is not doing you many favors Of your examples 2 were clearly ...
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Why do so many graphic designers suck at making gears?

Obviously if the gears aren't touching, they won't be serving their purpose. Why are you assuming that the purpose is that they rotate together? The icon is often used for configuration settings: it ...
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Why do so many graphic designers suck at making gears?

Symbols are symbols and they can be interpreted in many ways, but still a normal person will see a gear, regardless of the accuracy being present or absent. You can stick your finger in the sand and ...
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How do I denote (shade/hatch) a curved surface in a technical drawing?

As @Billy Kerr 's linked document correctly shows, in a section view, the area hatched is only the portion of the object directly sliced by the section plane. In some section drawings, one may ...
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Constructing a basic shield from primary shapes

Creating one half of a shield, and then duplicating and reflecting is probably the simplest way to get a perfectly symmetrical shape. You could certainly start by using geometric shapes such as the ...
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Why do so many graphic designers suck at making gears?

Well there are 2 likely issues (appart them not being mechanical engineers): They have never thought about the issue at all. Thing is the gears depicted wouldn't work anyway. I mean often graphic ...
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General method for perspective drawing - how does it work, and how does one place the image plane?

Under edition. Do not trust my post. I have mixed some concepts... about 2 m away Your perspective is correct... except the viewing plane is not at 2m. It is about .5m If your cube is 1.5m (cian) ...
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General method for perspective drawing - how does it work, and how does one place the image plane?

The construction you tried is a fundamental one. It projects points (taken from top and side views) to the image plane. It uses no shortcuts like vanishing points nor many others which can be used to ...
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Software for drawing interactively via voice commands or command line interface

It is called a text to image AI. Try: Midjourney Stable diffusion Dall-E interactivity is there but its bit slow since building the latent space is a slow operation. We arent entirely there yet.
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Easy program for technical draw?

There are many more criteria that need to be known to properly answer this- Is this a single drawing you need or are there more that will need to be done ? How much are you willing to have to learn ...
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Converting picture to vector formats

Your not going to get the kind of quality your looking after with automated tracing. The image below is absolutely the best result you can expect with common tracing tools. You can be slightly better ...
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