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Belonging to the JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards) B series, the JIS B3 paper size is a unique and versatile format. It measures 364 x 515 millimeters or approximately 14.33 x 20.28 inches, providing ample space for various printing needs.

Unlike the ISO A series that focuses on aspect ratio consistency, the JIS B series, including B3, prioritizes area size doubling with each decrement in number. This makes it an ideal choice for scaling drawings and diagrams without distortion.

JIS B3 paper dimensions


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2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

The JIS B3 is not directly equivalent to any ANSI (American National Standards Institute) sizes but falls between ANSI C (17 x 22 inches) and D (22 x 34 inches). This unique dimensionality offers a distinct advantage in specific applications where neither ISO nor ANSI sizes suffice.

Interestingly, despite its Japanese origin, JIS B3 has gained global recognition due to its practicality. It's commonly used in publishing industries for large-scale prints such as posters or fold-out magazine pages. Its dimensions also make it suitable for architectural drawings and industrial designs where precision matters.

In conclusion, the JIS B3 paper size stands out with its unique dimensions and versatility. Whether you're working on a large-scale print project or need precise scale drawings, this paper size could be your perfect match.

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Interesting facts about JIS B3

1: JIS B3 Paper Size

JIS B3 paper is a standard paper size used in Japan, measuring approximately 364 mm x 515 mm. It is part of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) series, which includes various paper sizes for different purposes.

2: Origin of JIS Paper Sizes

The JIS paper sizes were established by the Japanese government in the early 20th century to standardize paper dimensions and improve efficiency in printing and document handling. The goal was to create a system that would be compatible with international standards.

3: Relationship with ISO Paper Sizes

The JIS B series of paper sizes, including JIS B3, is closely related to the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) A series. While there are slight differences in dimensions, both systems share similar proportions and aspect ratios.

4: Common Uses of JIS B3 Paper

JIS B3 paper is commonly used for posters, large format prints, architectural drawings, and other visual displays. Its larger size compared to standard A-series papers allows for more space and detail in printed materials.

5: Compatibility with Other JIS Sizes

JIS B3 paper can be easily scaled or divided into smaller sizes within the same series. For example, two sheets of JIS B3 can be combined to form a single sheet of JIS B2 or divided into four sheets of JIS B4 without altering the aspect ratio.

6: Historical Evolution of Japanese Paper Sizes

Prior to the establishment of standardized sizes like JIS B3, Japan had its own traditional system called "Washi" paper sizes. These sizes varied across regions and were based on the dimensions of handmade paper sheets.

7: JIS B3 and the Metric System

The JIS B series, including JIS B3, is based on the metric system. The dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter for simplicity and ease of use in printing and design applications.

8: Paper Thickness Considerations

JIS B3 paper is available in various thicknesses, commonly measured in grams per square meter (gsm). The choice of thickness depends on the intended use, with heavier weights preferred for durability or higher-quality prints.

9: International Recognition of JIS Sizes

While ISO paper sizes are more widely recognized globally, JIS paper sizes like JIS B3 are still commonly used within Japan. However, it's worth noting that many printers and software applications outside Japan may not have built-in support for these specific sizes.

10: Adaptability to Digital Printing

JIS B3 paper size can be easily adapted to digital printing technologies. With appropriate printer settings or custom configurations, it is possible to print designs directly onto JIS B3 sheets using modern digital printers.