I have a technical drawing of a mechanical setup which I would like to draw in either TikZ or PSTricks. My experience with these two packages is very limited.

A "MWE" of the drawing is shown in the following, all units are in meters. I would like to make a drawing which is true to the various scales. I think one way to achieve this is simply to use coordinates to label the various positions and lengths, but I am very interested in reading your comments.

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My questions are:

  1. Is this even possible?
  2. Which package would be best for this purpose? And what strategy can I use to achieve this?

2 Answers 2


Adapt the following code. It is very easy and basic.

\documentclass[pstricks,border=12pt]{standalone}% set border=0pt at the final stage
    unit=2cm,% set it to 100cm if you want 1 scale = 100cm = 1m

\begin{pspicture}[showgrid=false](5,1.25)% set showgrid=false at the final stage

enter image description here

  • Is it possible to add an offset such that the $x$-axis runs from (e.g.) -2..5?
    – BillyJean
    Oct 5, 2013 at 19:00
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    @BillyJean: Yes. It is possible by changing the pspicture domain, for example, \begin{pspicture}(-2.5,0)(5,1.25) instead of \begin{pspicture}(5,1.25). Oct 5, 2013 at 19:08

With TikZ

\draw (0,0) rectangle (1,1) node at (0.5,0.9) {1} node at (0.1,0.5) {1};
\draw (1,0.25) rectangle (4,0.75) node at (1.2,0.5) {0.5} node at (2.5,0.9){3};
\draw (5,0.5) circle (1);
\draw[<->] (4,0.5)--(5,0.5) node at (4.5,0.6){1m};

The result

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