Scale, how to choose the right one and the cheapest one?

November 2, 2021

The scale , also known as an architect’s scale , is a measuring instrument, generally considered a ruler with a single graduation. It has a transverse shape identical to a triangle, in order to present different scales in the same tool, having a total of 6 different faces with their respective scale graduations.

It is widely used in various areas, including drawing, engineering, graphic design and architecture in general; being ideal for working with different scale measures. Next, you will be able to learn a little more about this instrument and its various characteristics.

Scales of the scale

This is the main element of the scale, being what characterizes it and makes it a unique tool of its kind. The scales are usually presented in the decimal metric system, since it is the most global, varying between the use of millimeters and meters or centimeters and meters.

The scales that a scalemeter presents are:

  • 1: 1 / 1:10. Every centimeter on the plane equals 1 centimeter or 10 centimeters in real life.
  • 1: 2 / 1:20. Each centimeter equals 2 centimeters or 20 centimeters.
  • 1: 5 / 1:50. Each centimeter is equal to 5 centimeters or 50 centimeters.
  • 1: 100/1: 200. Each centimeter equals 1 meter or 2 meters.
  • 1: 500/1: 1000. Each centimeter is equal to 5 meters or 10 meters.
  • 1: 1250/1: 2500. Each centimeter is equal to 12 meters and 50 centimeters or 25 meters.

Each of these scales is located on one face of the scale, being printed or engraved on it for a better appreciation when being used. It should be noted that it is best to avoid those scales that are multiples of three such as 1:75, 1: 300, 1: 600, 1: 900, among others, as a general rule.

Characteristics of the scaler

Among the most outstanding characteristics of the scale can be counted:

  • Great diversity of scales to choose from for different needs, which may depend on each user and what they require when working.
  • Its one-of-a-kind prismatic shape, which allows it to rest on two faces while two remain visible for use, the last two being at the top and cannot be used until the scale is changed position.
  • It is a compact and easy-to-carry tool , which can be used in various situations and is an ideal size to carry in your bag.
  • It is usually made of metal or plastic , being in the first case of stainless steel for greater lightness and resistance.
  • The scales are always noted on their respective faces for convenience; In addition, they are usually engraved in a printed or forged way on the ruler, the first method being used much more in metal ones, while plastic ones are always printed.
  • Sometimes he uses thin colored stripes to represent each scale and makes it easier to choose the correct one when drawing.
  • They usually have lengths of between 30 and 50 centimeters maximum, this so that it does not end up getting in the way when it is used when drawing.


How to use the scale?

The first thing when using the scale is to determine where we should start, that is, where the zero point is . It is also necessary to establish and identify the scale to be used, determining whether it is a scale of reduction or enlargement .

To use the scale, we must determine a drawn object that we are going to measure, proceeding to place the scale in position with it. For example, it could be placed next to a square figure by determining the distance between two of its sides, if the scale of 1: 100 is used, each centimeter on the paper is the size of one meter in real life, so the The size of a drawing measuring 12 centimeters would be 12 meters to scale.

The scale can be applied in the same way directly to draw or mark points to draw traces, giving the opportunity to achieve accuracy at all times.

Main uses

With technological advancement, the same scale has evolved into a digital version of itself, designed in Canada. This scale is based on a digital ruler, which is responsible for facilitating the task of measuring scales or units, speeding up the work and saving manual work time that is unnecessary in the long run. This scale has been created in order to suppose the solution to three very present problems in the work of designers and architects, these are:

  • Scale drawings cannot be easily read.
  • The drawback of dealing with the metric system by having multiple scales present in the same drawing.
  • Divide and segment different spaces in a hand-drawn drawing.

With the use of the scale all these inconveniences can be solved, presenting a great saving of time , effort, energy and even money. Using this instrument is always essential for architects, engineers and designers, regardless of the type of scale to which they are accustomed, you can always work with all of them at some point; For this reason, the scale becomes an essential instrument to maintain precision in each job, leaving aside possible mistakes that may be made on paper.

Its benefits

As has been briefly said, the scaler is a tool with no doubtful benefits thanks to its great potential for drawing and design; these benefits are:

  • Accuracy and precision , having the exact points of each scale and its fractions marked in the clearest and sharpest way possible to avoid errors.
  • Resistant materials , being both the plastic from which it is manufactured and the stainless steel very good to resist outdoor conditions and exposure to constant heat without problems.
  • It is intended for day-to-day use , which is why it has an ergonomic design , especially to be transported in various places and used on a desk.
  • It is easy to use once you have a clear concept of how the scales work; By understanding your system, using the scale is a breeze.
Dr. Loony Davis5
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Born and raised in Brussels in an English family, I have always lived in a multicultural environment. After several work experiences in marketing and communication, I came to Smart Water Magazine, which I describe as the most exciting challenge of my career.
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