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Re: Controlling scale of Graphics on paper

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  • From: Alexei Boulbitch <Alexei.Boulbitch at>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 05:43:13 -0400 (EDT)
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I would like to use Mathematica to make printed templates of various 


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 


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


Joe Gwinn

Dear Joe,

There had been once a discussion on this subject here, though I have no reference to it. The outcome consists in the relation: 

  1 cm = 35.7744 pts. Then if you need to specify the size of your graphics say, 10 cm x 15 cm, you could do the following:


Have fun, Alexei

Alexei BOULBITCH, Dr., habil.


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