Measuring The Thickness of Paper In Grams and Microns

Measuring The Thickness of Paper In Grams and Microns

Measuring The Thickness of Paper In Grams and Microns


Using Grams to measure the thickness of paper is not a very accurate method. The reason for this is that grams are a measurement of weight and not thickness. This can lead to all sorts of confusion, because if you are compering the same types of paper then grams will give you a good idea. However this dose not apply when compering two different types of paper.
For example a dense paper such as coated gloss art 130gsm is actually quite a bit thinner that a bulky uncoated 100gsm letterhead paper. Indeed it is more like the same thickness as a typical 80gsm photocopier paper!
A much more accurate measure of paper is to use Microns. This is because a micron is a proper measurement of distance and not weight.

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