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Belonging to the ISO 216 standard, the 12x36 paper size is a unique and versatile format. This international standard, adopted by most countries worldwide, ensures consistency in paper sizes across different regions and industries. The 12x36 size is not directly part of the A or B series under ISO 216 but can be derived from them through specific combinations or enlargements.

The dimensions of this paper size make it particularly suitable for various applications. With its elongated shape, it's an ideal choice for panoramic photography prints, architectural designs, or banner-style advertisements. It provides ample space for detailed visuals and text while maintaining a sleek and streamlined appearance.

12×36 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

Interestingly, the aspect ratio of this paper size adheres to the square root of two (√2:1) rule that all ISO paper sizes follow. This rule ensures that when a sheet is cut in half parallel to its shorter sides, the resulting halves will again have the same aspect ratio.

In terms of ANSI standards prevalent in North America, there isn't an exact equivalent for 12x36. However, it closely aligns with ARCH E1 (30 x 42 inches), albeit on a smaller scale.

Understanding these nuances about the 12x36 paper size can help you choose wisely based on your specific needs - whether you're creating compelling marketing materials or drafting intricate architectural plans.

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Interesting facts about 12×36

1: The Origin of 12x36 Paper

12x36 paper is part of the architectural series, which was originally designed for architectural and engineering drawings. It is commonly used for blueprints, floor plans, and other large-scale technical drawings.

2: The ANSI Standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has established a standard for architectural paper sizes. The ANSI/ASME Y14.1 standard defines the dimensions and proportions of various sizes, including 12x36 paper.

3: A Narrow but Long Format

The dimensions of 12x36 paper make it a narrow but long format. This aspect ratio allows architects and engineers to represent large areas or long structures in a compact manner.

4: Versatility in Printing

While primarily used for technical drawings, 12x36 paper can also be utilized for other purposes such as posters, banners, panoramic photographs, or even custom-sized brochures.

5: Compatibility with Wide-Format Printers

Wide-format printers are commonly used to print on larger-sized papers like the 12x36 format. These printers offer high-quality output and are capable of handling the length required by this specific size.

6: Folding Possibilities

The length of the 12x36 paper allows for interesting folding options. It can be folded into thirds to create a trifold brochure or folded in half to form a booklet-like format suitable for presentations or portfolios.

7: International Variations

In some countries outside North America, similar sizes exist under different names. For example, in Europe, the closest equivalent to 12x36 paper is known as A0 Extra or A0E.

8: The Evolution of Paper Sizes

The history of paper sizes can be traced back to ancient times. The concept of standardizing paper sizes gained prominence during the industrial revolution when mass production and international trade required consistent formats.

9: ISO Paper Series

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) introduced the ISO 216 standard in 1975, which defines the A and B series of paper sizes. However, the architectural series, including 12x36 paper, falls outside this ISO classification.

10: Customization Options

While there are standardized paper sizes like 12x36, many printing companies offer customization options to cater to specific needs. This allows clients to have unique dimensions that suit their projects perfectly.