photocopying patterns using all-in-one printer not 100%

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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 10-13-2012 08:01 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2012 08:01 PM

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So, this afternoon I decided to make a project from Wood magazine. I pulled out the patterns and took it to my trusty Koday EPS-9250 all-in-one printer. I pushed copy and got a sheet out. So far so good I thought. When I tried to stick it on the wood blank I noticed that the blank was too big. Measured the blank and it was the correct size. Measured the patterns and they were too small. The wonderful Kodak automatically reduced the pattern size. Since the pattern part had to join other parts I could not simply live with a slightly too small part. How small? 3” = 2.75”.

I don’t need Kodak (or anyone else) deciding that they have a better idea of what size I want than I do!!

Has anyone else encountered this problem? What did you do to solve it?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 10-13-2012 08:04 PM

Check your page set up isn’t set to ‘reduce page to fit’. That will shrink a page to fit the border size.

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 04:18 PM

Doesn’t your printer allow for adjusting zoom by degree increments?

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 04:29 PM

renners: I was using the photocopier function of the all-in-one unit without the computer being involved.

MrRon: Yes I can specify a zoom on the photocopier I had it set at 100%. I will have to think and play around to figure out the correct zoom factor.

In general does not 100% setting for Zoom mean that the output will be a 1:1 reproduction?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 10-14-2012 04:34 PM

If the original is larger than the paper size, the copier might automatically shrink-to-fit. In this case, you will have to cut the pattern , copy it and tape it back together. I’m not familiar with your brand of printer, but I would think they all should work the same.

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 10:30 PM

JT, I’m stumped. 100% should be 100%, not 91.666% as your all-in-one has given you.
You could scan it, save it, place it into a document and print it – if it’s still 2.75”, change the page set up to print at 109.1%. That will give you 3”.

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 11:25 PM

Printers/copiers are made specifically to not produce 100%, money forgery issues with early color inkjets is to blame.

-- Brian

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 11:26 PM

I have the same issue with my Lexmark printer no matter what I put the settings at : (

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#8 posted 10-14-2012 11:57 PM

Scan it as a graphic. Open it in or similar program,
check the original with calipers, and size the graphic to match
the dimensions you want. Then print.

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#9 posted 10-15-2012 12:08 AM

Could stuff like this be one of the reasons that Kodak has gone belly up?

Im with renners … 100% should equal 100%

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#10 posted 10-15-2012 12:37 AM

Even if the printer is set to 100%, a small format printers (letter size/typical home office size) won’t do a good job and this is NOT unique to Kodak printers.

The best way to make exact copies is a large format plotter on velum or mylar and then you may still need to fine tune it.

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