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Comments on Ask MetaFilter post Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan.Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:20:02 -0800Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:20:02 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60Question: Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan.
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Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan. <br /><br /> In the plan, 10 feet = 4.5 inches.<br>
I have dimensions of objects that I'd like to make to scale for my plan, say, one is 15 x 36 inches. How do I convert this? Is there an easy way to convert many of these objects?post:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:16:28 -0800Jason and LaszloarchitecturescaleBy: Commander Rachek
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How are you drawing this plan? By hand? Using CAD of some sort? Making models? What sort of tools and materials do you have available -- specifically, do you have a scale rule available?comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098-2179608Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:20:02 -0800Commander RachekBy: Jason and Laszlo
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the plan has already been drawn and is on paper. I don't have a scale rule. Is that easy to learn?comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098-2179612Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:25:17 -0800Jason and LaszloBy: Fifi Firefox
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You can make your own scale! Just take a piece of paper (heavyweight if you have it) and mark off 4.5" on the edge - that's 10 feet. Now make hash marks to divide that segment into 10 equal sections (by my quick estimation that's about 7/16" each, but check the math), and you have your 1' markings. Use this scale to measure and draw the objects.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098-2179616Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:36:41 -0800Fifi FirefoxBy: meinvt
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Architectural scales are usually noted in the form of a fraction of an inch equaling one foot. A typical scale would be 1/4" = 1'-0", but that would be 2.5 inches for 10 feet. At 1/2" = 1'-0" you would have 5" to go 10'. So, it sounds to me like it is possible your plan isn't to an accurate scale. <br>
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With that said, it is all a matter of proportions. 36" is 3', so to put it to scale you want to go 3/10 = x/4.5, solve for x and you have the length in inches for that dimension. It is just a bit of math, but nothing you can't figure out dimension by dimension if necessary.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098-2179620Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:39:55 -0800meinvtBy: Jason and Laszlo
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solve for x?<br>
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another piece of the puzzle: I have jpegs of the objects that I'd like to make to scale, then print them out. Thanks!comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098-2179627Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:43:35 -0800Jason and LaszloBy: Commander Rachek
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<em>solve for x?</em><br>
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meinvt means to do the algebra to calculate what x should be to make the equation true. You don't really need to do that, though. A little shortcut which will do the same thing is this:<br>
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Take the size of the real-life object in feet and multiply it by 0.45. This is the size in inches of the object in your drawing. So if the object is 1.25 feet by 3 feet, you multiply<br>
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1.25 * 0.45 = 0.5625<br>
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3 * 0.45 = 1.35<br>
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So the object you put in the drawing will by 0.5625 inches by 1.35 inches, which is pretty close to 9/16 inch by 1 and 11/32 inches.<br>
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Printing out accurately scaled pictures is actually rather difficult, and usually requires the use of a special kind of printer called a plotter. If you want the pictures to be a very specific size, I suggest going to a professional printing place (such as Kinko's) and asking them what they can do for you.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098-2179639Sat, 24 Apr 2010 21:01:12 -0800Commander RachekBy: Jason and Laszlo
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thanks Commander. the scaled objects don't need to be exact. It's just to get an idea how objects will fit in the space.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098-2179641Sat, 24 Apr 2010 21:05:03 -0800Jason and LaszloBy: suedehead
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Nah, it won't be that hard to print out objects at an accurate size. Make a square, say, 7 x 7 inches at 300ppi (so 2100px x 2100px) and print that out on the page. Now take a ruler and measure how big the printed square actually is. Take 7 and divide that by the actual measurement, and multiply by 100 to get your percentage of enlargement. Next time you print, print with that percentage.<br>
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So for example, if your printed square is actually 6.8 inches by 6.8 inches, 7/6.8 * 100 = 102.9, or 103, so next time you print ask the printer to scale the square to 103% of the original size. Keep in mind you might get cropping at the edges if your image extends beyond the boundaries of the paper after printing.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098-2179645Sat, 24 Apr 2010 21:11:50 -0800suedeheadBy: salvia
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Architectural scales are very cool rulers, and they're pretty cheap at your average art supply store.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2010:site.152098-2179674Sat, 24 Apr 2010 22:06:19 -0800salvia