Engineer Scales


Decimal Inches

I’ve been creating designs in Adobe Illustrator and executing them using shop tools. One problem with Illustrator is that it doesn’t really support eighths, sixteenths, and smaller divide-by-two subdivisions of an inch. It uses decimal fractions of an inch.

So, I went looking for an inch ruler which is subdivided decimally. The best I found so far is the Alumicolor Engineer, which has six scales, including tenths and fiftieths, and is extremely well made.

-- Charles Platt 03/30/05