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Wood Pantograph
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Price: $34.70-$44.20
Retail: $53.77
Item #: PA305 - See more from Alvin Drafting

    Unlock the power to create enlarged or reduced drawings up to 10x scale with the Alvin Wood Pantograph. Crafted with arms from seasoned hardwood and chromed steel hardware, it ensures durability and precision. Complete with a table clamp and four...

    A pantograph is a mechanical drafting tool used for copying and scaling drawings at different sizes. It operates on the principle of parallel motion, allowing the user to trace an original drawing at one scale while simultaneously reproducing it at a different scale. Pantographs are commonly used in drafting, technical drawing, and reproduction processes where accurate scaling of drawings is required.

    Here's how a pantograph typically works:

    1. Construction: A pantograph consists of four linked arms arranged in a parallelogram configuration. The arms are connected by adjustable pivot points, allowing them to move freely while maintaining parallelism.
    2. Tracing: The user places the original drawing or template on one end of the pantograph and secures it in place. A tracing stylus or pointer is attached to another arm of the pantograph. The user then traces the lines of the original drawing with the stylus.
    3. Scaling: As the user traces the original drawing, the movement of the stylus causes corresponding movement in a second stylus attached to a different arm of the pantograph. This second stylus, known as the reproducing stylus, traces a scaled-up or scaled-down version of the original drawing on a separate sheet of paper.
    4. Adjustment: The scale of the reproduction can be adjusted by changing the positions of the pivot points on the pantograph arms. By altering the distances between the pivot points, the user can control the ratio between the sizes of the original and reproduced drawings.
    5. Accuracy: Pantographs are capable of producing highly accurate reproductions of drawings, provided that the user maintains consistent pressure and tracing technique. However, some precision may be lost due to mechanical limitations or user error.

    Pantographs have been used for centuries to reproduce drawings, maps, and other documents accurately. While they were traditionally manual tools operated by hand, modern pantographs may incorporate motorized components or digital controls for increased accuracy and efficiency. Despite advancements in digital reproduction technology, pantographs remain valuable tools for artists, architects, engineers, and historians who require precise scaling and reproduction of drawings.