A scalemeter is a rule that shows graduations of different scales in their faces. In this way, the user has several scales at his disposal in the same element.

General characteristics

The scale meters are usually made with aluminum, plastic or wood. The chosen material must have good durability so that the device can be used throughout the weather without inconvenience.


The scaler allows us to make measurements at different scales

The shape of the scale depends on the amount of scales what includes. There are flattened steps that present two scales, while others are square and contain eight scales. The most common scale meters, however, are triangular and exhibit six scales.

In general, the scale meters work with metric units. In the countries where is the metric systemTo mention one case, these rules detail the most frequent units, such as millimeters, centimeters and meters.

There is evidence that the scale was created several millennia ago, at least more than four. We know this thanks to him Architect of the Rule and the Architect of the Plan, two sculptures dating from more than two thousand years before Christ and that we can find in the Louvre Museum.

Scaler applications

Since architects often use scale meters, these instruments are also known by the name of architect rules. However, engineers, designers and surveyors, among other professionals, also turn to scale gauges to develop their work.

Who perform technical drawingsTherefore, they do not need to do mathematical operations to convert measurements to a scale. They can simply use a scale to assess the measurement at the graduation of the ruler.

Take the case of a reduction scale 1:50. This means that, on paper, the measure used is fifty times smaller than the actual measure. In other words, 1 real meter equals 20 mm from plane. By having a scale and a scale plan, you can discover the measure of the distances without developing calculations.

The smart scale

In the year 2017 Joanne Swisterski, the chief designer and owner of the company Swisterski design, had a revolutionary idea: the smart scale, whose original name is Smart Scale Ruler. It is a digital version of this ancient tool, which is capable of carrying out three incredibly useful functions to facilitate the work of designers and architects to a considerable level:

* custom scales: Swisterski was tired of encountering plans without specific scales or whose dimensions they had been distorted during printing. This often happened to him in his work meetings with other design professionals. In the past, the only way to cope with such a problem was to turn to a sheet and make marks with a felt-tip pen to establish a reference scale. With the smart scale, this is done in a couple of seconds, absolutely precisely;

Architect scale

A wooden ladder and a pencil on a plane

* division: sometimes it is not necessary to resort to units of measure. If we simply want to divide a drawing to talk about arbitrary fractions, the smart scale allows us to do it in two simple steps: delimit the extension and indicate a number of segments. Doing this by hand requires measuring the drawing with a traditional unit, such as centimeters or inches, dividing the total extension into the desired number of parts, and then making small marks on another sheet that we will use as a ruler;

* conversion: although in every part of the world we get used to using a system of units specific (in our case, the metric, while in the United Kingdom, the so-called imperial), design professionals often convert plans from one to another when collaborating with people from other countries. Far from needing a table reference, a calculator or two scale meters, with the smart one this is achieved by pressing a simple button.