It's not uncommon to rent render machines for big projects instead of buying.That way,you're built to scale.

I don't know what “built” and “scale”mean in this sentence and I couldn't find any clue from dictionaries.

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What Does 'Scale the Business' Mean? Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This newer use of scale means “to grow or expand [or build a business] in a proportional and usually profitable way.” The term was sufficiently new and specialized that it was explained in the text of an article about microfinancing:

Buying an expensive piece of equipment that would be used rarely would not be profitable. Renting it for an occasional use makes more business sense and is a more profit producing use of a growing business's capital. The business is thus built to scale in the sense of being scalable.

  • But is 'built to scale' in this example comparable to 'conforming to specification' or 'ready to upgrade'? Sep 20, 2019 at 13:46
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    ready to upgrade
    – lbf
    Sep 20, 2019 at 14:30

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