proportional dividers

proportional dividers

[prə′pȯr·shən·əl di′vīd·ərz]
(design engineering)
Dividers with two legs, pointed at both ends, and an adjustable pivot; distances measured by the points at one end can be marked off in proportion by the points at the other end.

proportional dividers

proportional dividers
A drafting instrument used in reducing or enlarging drawings; consists of two legs whose ends are pointed and cross each other (like the letter X) at a pivot point whose position can be adjusted; the distance between the two pointed ends on one side of the pivot is proportional to the distance between the pointed ends on the opposite side.
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Engineering drawings are supplied to an experienced technical illustrator, who uses proportional dividers, triangles, ellipse templates, pencil, and paper to produce a layout.
As far as accuracy is concerned, traditional methods limit precision to that of proportional dividers and other drawing tools, and a buildup of tolerances must also be factored in.

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