Print Area for Projects – Help Please.

Sat, 24 Sep 2011

Different printers have different printable areas. Most of them have a border round the edge of the paper that they do not print onto.
This issue is especially noticeable for printers printing onto different paper sizes and has caused problems for people in the past. 
In the UK and Europe the commonly used paper size is A4. 210mm x 297mm. In the US, letter size is more commonly used.  8.5 by 11 inches (215.9 mm × 279.4 mm)
To ensure that everyone can print out the models on this website I’m gathering information to establish a common printable area which can be used by most people. If you would like to help, please download and print out this page, making sure that the print is set to full size or 100% then let me know where the printing stops either by email or in the comments. Please also let me know the printer type and the paper size you are using.
Thanks for your help!
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Comments (10)

  • robives September 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve fixed the links to the

    I've fixed the links to the download, my apologies.

    • sonja.kepe October 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Am using Mac OS Snow Leopard,

      Am using Mac OS Snow Leopard, Samsung CLP-315 printer, on A4 paper.

      Page Scaling:= None

      Top:= 4, Bottom:=4, Left:=4, Right:=4

  • drinkumbrella September 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I’m printing on US Letter

    I'm printing on US Letter paper, with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and an Epson Artisan 810 printer. I printed these scaled to 100%. I printed using both the OS X Preview app and Adobe Reader, with identical output.

    top/bottom: 28

    left/right: <1; I don't see a border line where the 0 would be. A border is visible in Preview on the left if I zoom in far enough, none visible on the right.

    • JayHavvic September 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Am using Windows Vista,


      Am using Windows Vista, Epson Stylus CX5800F Series printer, on 8 1/2 x 11, US Letter.

      Printed from Adobe Acrobat X. Page Scaling:= None, Auto-Rotate & Center

      Top:= 12, Botton:=12, Left:=0, Right:=0

  • Sergenth September 25, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I printed with no scaling
    I printed with no scaling and “auto-rotate and center” on my Canon Pixma 3000 on US Letter paper:

    top margin doesn’t display the first 12 mm
    left and right margins cut off 3.75 mm
    bottom margin is 14 mm

  • maxlrainer September 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Hi Rob, I’m using:

    Hi Rob, I'm using:

    Windows Vista SP2 ,Adobe Reader 9.

    Printers: Canon Pixma iP3300 and iP3600,

    Standard print, full size 100%, auto-rotate and center.

    Paper size is A4.

    Both printers:

    left 4mm, right 4mm, top 3 mm and bottom 5mm missing.

    With the option "borderless print", I can print almost right to the borders (bottom 1mm missing)

  • aeleen September 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Outermost visible lines

    Outermost visible lines are:

    Mac OS X Snow Leopard, HP DeskJet 5800, no scaling, auto rotate and center:  top=11, left=1, right=1, bottom=24

    Same, with borderless turned on, borderless expansion set to –: top=12, left=4, right=5, bottom=24

    Mac OS X Snow Leopard, HP Officejet Pro K5400, no scaling, auto rotate and center: top=13, left=1, right=1, bottom=21

    Same with borderless turned on, borderless expansion set to –: top=14, left=5, right=5, bottom=24. 

    NB: page IS resized whenever bordersless printing is enabled, despite asking printer not to. This option seems unreliable and unuseable in my environment.

    • robives September 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks for all this

      Thanks for all this information folks, both here and by email. It's really useful and will be utilised in future projects!

      • umehta September 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        Hello Rob,
        I also printed it

        Hello Rob,

        I also printed it on USA 11" X 17" size paper. The full page got printed.

        I opted for actual size and then I measured your printed ruler with a real ruler.

        I found that your ruler and real ruler matched milimeter to milimeter on 11" x 17" size.

        However, when I printed the page choosing A4 size (actual paper size is 8.5 inches x 11 inches) with 100%, actual size, no shrinking, it not only missed 5 mm at top and bottom but your ruler did not scale well with the real ruler on left, right, top and bottom rulers. First 10 mm matches and then it uniformly begins to mismatch. By 90mm, they are off by 2 mm.

        I used HP Color Laserket CP6015 printer.

        At other hand, as I had mentioned earlier, my daughter had solved this problem when making bevel gear and Early Bird by converting your pdf files into vectorized pdf or png files and using a digital cutter e-craft.

        Does your software allow you to save your files in vectorized pdf format (if not png file format)?




  • Megan October 13, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Sorry this is so late –

    Sorry this is so late – couldn't afford new ink cartridges because of school excursions. I have an Epson CX4700, printing on A4. It leaves a border around, with everything shrunk to fit so that I get the full page with nothing trimmed off. Border is 3mm left and right, 4mm top and bottom.

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