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How to make a simple paper slide rule.

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Step 1: Download and print

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You need to download the PDF image of the slide rule from www.extremenxt.com/sliderule.pdf or from link below.  Print the page on paper as thick as your printer can handle.

Step 2: Everything else you need

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You will also need:
Piece of thin clear plastic 1 by 5 inches

Step 3: Cut out the parts

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Carefully cut along the solid lines to make the body and slide.

Step 4: The body and slide

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Step 5: Fold the body parts

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Fold back along dotted lines to form top and bottom scales.

Step 6: Insert the slide

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Insert the slide. You might need to slightly trim the slide or adjust the folds so that the slide is free to move back and forth.

Step 7: Draw the cursor

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Draw a fine line down the center of the clear plastic.

Step 8: Fold the plastic

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Fold the plastic up about 1 inch from the end. Fold towards the side with the line.

Step 9: Fold plastic around body and tape

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Fold the plastic around the body and tape in back. It should be free enough to slide back and forth also.

Step 10: Finished

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Your slide rule is ready to use. In the photo the C and D scales are set to multiply 25 times 2.

This would be a great way for schools to teach the lost art of math in your head. The students could even assemble it them selves.

rimar20001 year ago

Thanks, this is very useful.

apburner1 year ago

Great work. I would prolly make one if I didn't still have my original engineering slide rule in it's carrying case. Is that not sad. LOL