ANSI/ASME Y14.1

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A size chart illustrating the ANSI sizes.

In 1992, the American National Standards Institute adopted ANSI/ASME Y14.1 Decimal Inch Drawing Sheet Size and Format[1] which defined a regular series of paper sizes based upon the de facto standard ​8 12 in × 11 in "letter" size which it assigned "ANSI A". This series also includes "ledger"/"tabloid" as "ANSI B". This series is somewhat similar to the ISO 216 standard in that cutting a sheet in half would produce two sheets of the next smaller size. Unlike the ISO standard, however, the arbitrary aspect ratio forces this series to have two alternating aspect ratios. ANSI/ASME Y14.1 has been revised or updated in 1995, 2005 and 2012. It has an accompanying standard ANSI/ASME Y14.1M that defines metric drawing paper sizes based upon ISO 216 and ISO 5457.[2]

With care, documents can be prepared so that the text and images fit on either ANSI or their equivalent ISO sheets at 1:1 reproduction scale.

ANSI/ASME Y14.1 inch-based drawing paper sizes
Name in × in mm × mm Ratio Alias Similar ISO A size
ANSI A 8 12 × 11 216 × 279 2217 = 1.2941 Letter A4
ANSI B 17 × 11
11 × 17
432 × 279
279 × 432
1711 = 1.5455 Ledger[3]
Tabloid
A3
ANSI C 17 × 22 432 × 559 2217 = 1.2941 A2
ANSI D 22 × 34 559 × 864 1711 = 1.5455 A1
ANSI E 34 × 44 864 × 1118 2217 = 1.2941 A0
ANSI F 28 × 40 711 × 1016 107 = 1.4286 A0
ANSI G 11 × 22.5–90 279 × 572–2286 N/A
ANSI H 28 × 44–143 711 × 1118–3632 N/A
ANSI J 34 × 55–176 864 × 1397–4470 N/A
ANSI K 40 × 55–143 1016 × 1397–3632 N/A

Size F does not continue the alphabetic series, because it does not exhibit the same aspect ratios.

Sizes G, H, J and K are roll formats. G size is ​22 12 in (571.5 mm) high, but variable width up to 90 in (2286 mm) in increments of ​8 12 in. Such sheets were at one time used for full-scale layouts of aircraft parts, wiring harnesses and the like, but today are generally not needed, due to widespread use of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).

ANSI/ASME Y14.1M metric drawing paper sizes
Name mm × mm Ratio
A0 841 × 1189 1.414
A1 594 × 841 1.414
A2 420 × 594 1.414
A3 297 × 420 1.414
A4 297 × 210 1.414
A1.0 594 × 1189 2
A2.1 420 × 841 2
A2.0 420 × 1189 2.831
A3.2 297 × 594 2
A3.1 297 × 841 2.831
A3.0 297 × 1189 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://standards.globalspec.com/std/276642/asme-y14-1
  2. ^ http://standards.globalspec.com/std/1577705/asme-y14-1m http://files.asme.org/Catalog/Codes/PrintBook/34176.pdf
  3. ^ Adobe Systems Incorporated (February 9, 1996), PostScript Printer Description File Format Specification (4.3 ed.), San Jose, California, p. 191, http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/ps/5003.PPD_Spec_v4.3.pdf. Retrieved on 6 March 2008