These are all over the web, but maybe you never thought of using one
(looks funny in the browser, but works fine after printing)
download and print off a few on regular paper on your best print
resolution. In conjuction with spray adhesive, they are great for
measuring inside curves (for the calculus deficient), or anytime you
need a VERY thin measuring device on a flat surface.
Neat idea. Thanks.
Just be aware that most printers do not print exactly to scale, especially
in the long direction on the paper (i.e., the direction that is
perpendicular to the rollers in the printer), which is the direction that
matters when printing this ruler out on anything other than a printer than
can print 13" wide paper and up. So...after you print it out check it
against a ruler that is known to be good.
Of course I got a metal ruler from a well know art & graphic design supply
company and discovered that it was almost 1/16" off, so even metal rulers
can be out of whack!
What I have seen when printing plans is that the same drawing printed twice
will match up EXACTLY in the direction that is parallel to the rollers but
that there will be subtle variations in the direction that is perpendicular
to the rollers. We're talking in the range of 1/64" here so maybe I am just
being too picky -- it mostly shows up when I am trying to tile a drawing and
then tape together the pieces of paper, which shows up variations very
starkly because lines going from one sheet to the next do not match up. What
I have always assumed was causing the problem was the slight variations in
the friction between the feed rollers and the paper. Since I am seeing
variations between printouts of the same drawing printed on the same printer
I rather doubt that this is a software or driver issue...
On 2 Panasonic dot matrix printers, 2 Canon Ink Jet and 1 HP Ink Jet and
using AutoCAD, I am always able to draw 1"=1" out put on tiled drawings. I
used this on many occasions on all of these printers to produce exact
templates to transfer designs to wood. Using index points to align the
pages all lines meet up exactly and are exact in length. Perhaps you are
not taking into consideration margins of the printers.
Good grief...not taking the margins into account would throw things off by a
lot more than 1/64"! All I can say is that with the printers I have used I
have seen the variations I have described over and over again and for the
reasons I listed it is pretty clear that this is an issue with the printers
not the computer.
At the least this should be sufficient to support the case that anyone using
this ruler should double-check it against a known ruler (unless they plan to
only use this ruler for a given job). Heck, it's good to double check any
new ruler against a known ruler.
I've measured plenty of pieces in museums using ruled paper from the
notebook I was writing in. Of course this is easier in the UK with
feint ruling - our lines are printed light, but go the whole width of
On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 10:02:54 -0500, Australopithecus scobis
No - American paper (well Chinese paper as it is now) is often cheap,
shiny with far too much filler, and ruled with black dotted lines that
stop short of the edges. It doesn't look too bad, but it photocopies
If you're a fountain pen user it's getting hard to find decent
journals - ink takes an age to dry on this shiny paper. I generally
favour Moleskines, but they're a bit small. I should try some of the
Lee Valley journals.
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