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Controlling scale of Graphics on paper

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  • Subject: [mg126154] Controlling scale of Graphics on paper
  • From: Joseph Gwinn <joegwinn at comcast.net>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 00:31:22 -0400 (EDT)
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I would like to use Mathematica to make printed templates of various 
kinds.  

In one use, a complicated shape is generated mathematically and 
displayed using Graphics or Show, the plot is printed on paper, the 
paper is glued to a piece of wood, which is cut and drilled to the lines 
and center-points.  This requires the ability to control the on-paper 
scale factor, so that a length of 1.0 in a line ends up being one inch 
(or one centimeter) on paper.  

I assume that this is possible, but have not found anything relevant in 
the online documentation.  What I have done is used Mathematica to make 
dolls of machine parts; in this case it was sufficient that all be in 
the same scale, which was achieved using ImageSize->72*6 directives, but 
ImageSize doesn't speak directly to the issue of scale on paper.

It may be that ImageSize->{w,h} can be used, but there is some math 
required.

So, my question is how best to achieve a specified scale on paper.  

TIA,

Joe Gwinn



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