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How do I generate drawings with a fixed scaling on paper?

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  • Subject: [mg35363] How do I generate drawings with a fixed scaling on paper?
  • From: Joe Gwinn <joegwinn at>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 06:50:31 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I need to generate some engineering drawings, to a specific scale on 
paper, such as 1/4 inch (paper) per foot (real).  A straight use of 
ImageSize doesn't work, as the various drawings have different scalings; 
ImageSize makes the plot bounding box be the specified size, but the 
mapping from actual dimensions to plot scale varies from plot to plot.

It would be very convenient to be able to use an architect's scale on 
the printed output of Mathematica; this is what the construction 
industry understands.

So, given that I have specified coordinates in inches (or feet), how do 
I make Mathematica plot things to a specified scale?


Joe Gwinn

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