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Which one is grammatically better?

The material should be issued in parts as small as possible,

Or

The material should be issued in small parts as possible.

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  • The as X as possible modifier can come before as well as after the noun (parts, here ) that it modifies. [This design] concentrates the platform dependence on as small as possible parts of the implementation. – FumbleFingers Oct 12 '20 at 13:33
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The first sentence

The material should be issued in parts as small as possible

sounds fine

The material should be issued in as small parts as possible

which is a variant of your second attempt would also be fine although it sounds a bit awkward to my ears. I am assuming you left out the first as which I inserted for you.

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