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How heavy is a business card?


Anagoge

Senior Member
#1
I need to know the average weight of a single 85x54mm business card. Yes, I know that it differs based on what stock is used, but I'm wondering if anyone happens to have a fairly accurate answer for me to work with. It's very important that the accuracy is within single figures. Thanks if you can help.
 

Levi

Moderator
Staff member
#2
simple maths can give you the answer (allow a tolerance though for fluctuations in paper density over area etc)
working with 400gsm (400g per square metre) and 85x55mm business cards

weight of 1m^2 of business card = 400g
area of business card (85x55) in mm^2 (^2=squared) = 4675mm^2
1m^2 = 1000000mm^2

Formula 1 = 1m^2/area of business card = 1000000/4675 = 213.903..... (=number of business cards per square metre - no cut outs)
Formala 2 = weight of 1m^2 card/answer from forumla 1 = 400/213.903.... (= weight of 1 card)
weight of 1 card at 400gsm with size of 85x55mm = 1.87g

Just replace relevant colours for different sizes and paper weight
 

mrp2049

Senior Member
#4
Levi said:
simple maths can give you the answer (allow a tolerance though for fluctuations in paper density over area etc)
working with 400gsm (400g per square metre) and 85x55mm business cards

weight of 1m^2 of business card = 400g
area of business card (85x55) in mm^2 (^2=squared) = 4675mm^2
1m^2 = 1000000mm^2

Formula 1 = 1m^2/area of business card = 1000000/4675 = 213.903..... (=number of business cards per square metre - no cut outs)
Formala 2 = weight of 1m^2 card/answer from forumla 1 = 400/213.903.... (= weight of 1 card)
weight of 1 card at 400gsm with size of 85x55mm = 1.87g

Just replace relevant colours for different sizes and paper weight
the simplest of maths :clap:
 

Levi

Moderator
Staff member
#10
Levi said:
(allow a tolerance though for fluctuations in paper density over area etc)
:)

In my opinion ink etc shouldn't make it too much different, does an A4 page increase in weight by a huge amount when its been printed on? There would probably be more weight issue due to the natural fluctuation in paper density than what's added to it.

I would guess that Anagoge would have made the weight around 2g (approx. 10% increase) to allow for the tolerances and as such I would expect that this would cover the weight of an individual card plus any processes applied to it.
 

Anagoge

Senior Member
#11
Levi, you're right about rounding it up. As long as it's not something like 5g, that is completely fine.

You'll find out why I needed this information soon. ;)