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It uses a symbolic language on engineering drawings and computer-generated three-dimensional solid models that explicitly describe nominal geometry and its allowable variation. It tells the manufacturing staff and machines what degree of accuracy and precision is needed on each controlled feature of the part. This article is based on that standard, but other standards, such as those from the International Organization for Standardization ISO , may vary slightly. The Y

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Basic Dimension - A basic dimension is a theoretically exact value used to describe the exact size, profile, orientation or location of a feature. A basic dimension should always associated with a feature control frame or datum target. Block tolerance does not apply and the applicable tolerance will be given within the feature control frame.

Basic dimensions are enclosed within a box. Circularity - Circularity, also called "Roundness" describes the condition on a surface of revolution cylinder, cone, or sphere where all points of the surface intersected by any plane are; 1 perpendicular to a common axis cylinder, cone , 2 passing through a common center sphere are equidistant from the center.

Concentricity - Concentricity describes a condition in which two or more features cylinders, cones, spheres, etc. Measurement requirements for concentricity involves the complex task of mapping the referenced feature by way of opposed point measurements. A through understanding of the measurement process should be investigated before defining feature relationships using concentricity. Extracted Integral Feature - An approximated representation of the real feature integral , obtained by extracting a finite number of points from the real feature integral.

This extraction is performed in accordance with specified conventions. Definition Per. ISO E. Geometrical Characteristics - Geometrical characteristics refer to the basic elements or building blocks, which form the language of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Generally, the term refers to all the symbols used in form, runout, and locational tolerancing.

ISO Least Material Boundary LMB - This term implies that the condition of a datum feature of size wherein it contains the least minimum amount of material for the stated limits of size; examples, largest hole size and smallest shaft size. It is the opposite materiasl condition to maximum material condition MMB. Least Material Condition LMC - This term implies that the condition of a feature of size wherein it contains the least minimum amount of material for the stated limits of size; examples, largest hole size and smallest shaft size.

It is the opposite materiasl condition to maximum material condition MMC. Least Material Requirement LMR - This term implies that condition of a part feature of size wherein it contains the least minimum amount of material, examples, largest hole size and smallest shaft size.

It is opposite to maximum material requirement MMR. Maximum Material Size MMS - Condition of a feature of size where the maximum amount of material is present for stated limits of size. Part would weight the most when feature is manufactured at this size. Position Tolerance - Position tolerance defines a zone within which the axis or center plane of a feature is permitted to vary from true theoretically exact position.

Profile Any Line - Profile any line is the condition permitting a uniform amount of profile variation, ether unilaterally or bilaterally, along a line element of a feature. Profile Any Surface - Profile any surface is the condition permitting a uniform amount of profile variation, ether unilaterally or bilaterally, on a surface.

Profile of a Line - Profile of a line is the condition permitting an amount of surface element variation ether unilaterally or bilaterally along a line element of a feature.

Projected Tolerance Zone - A projected tolerance zone applies to a feature, such as pin, stud, screw, or similar. The projected tolerance zone is a tolerance boundary that extends above or beyond thesurface of the part within which the controlling element of the feature must fall within - axis of a hole for example. Roundness - Roundness, also called circularity describes the condition on a surface of revolution cylinder, cone, or sphere where all points of the surface intersected by any plane are; 1 perpendicular to a common axis cylinder, cone , 2 passing through a common center sphere are equidistant from the center.

Straightness - Straightness describes a condition where a line element of a surface, axis, or center plane is a straight line. Tolerance Control Frame - The Tolerance Control Frame symbol is a rectangular box containing the geometric characteristics symbol, and the form, runout or location tolerance.

If necessary, datum references and modifiers applicable to the feature or the datum's are also contained in the box. Membership Register Login. Copyright Notice. Copyright, by Engineers Edge, All rights reserved. Symbol Definition Actual Size - Actual size is the measured size of the produced feature.

Angularity - Angularity is the condition of a surface, axis, or center plane, which is at a specified angle other than 0, 90, or deg. All Around - Indicates that a tolerance applies to surfaces profile all around the part outline. All Over - Indicated that indicated geometric or other specification applies all surface elements or features. Between - to indicate that a profile tolerance applies to several contiguous features, letters may designate where the profile tolerance begins and ends.

These letters are referenced using the between symbol since or the word between on drawings made to earlier versions of the Standard. Circular Runout - Circular runout is the composite deviation from the desired form of a part surface of revolution through one full rotation deg of the part on a datum axis. Circular runout is most often specified on an engineering drawing where the referenced rotates relative to the specified datum feature. Clearance Fit - A clearance fit is one having limits of size defined such that a clearance exists between mating parts when assembled.

Coaxial - Coaxial describes a condition where two or more features have the same axis or centerline. Coordinate Dimension - 1 Either of two coordinates that locate a point on a plane and measured its distance from either of two intersecting straight-line axes along a line parallel to the other axis. Often the application of dimension origin is refered to as a coordinate dimension. Continuous Feature - Indicates that associated features are to be dimensionally controlled as a single contiuous feature.

Controlled Radius - The as-manufactured controlled radius surface must be a fair curve without having sharp corners and reversals. Coplanar - Coplanar describes a condition of two or more surfaces having all elements in the same plane.

Cylindricity - Cylindricity describes a condition of a surface of revolution in which all points of a surface are equidistant from a common axis. Cylindricity controls a cylindricals features element such that the total variations are minimized during manufacturing.

Datum - Datum's are points, lines, planes, cylinders, axes, etc. Datum Axis - the datum axis is the theoretically exact centerline of the datum cylinder as established by the extremities or contacting points of the actual datum feature cylindrical surface or the axis formed at the intersection of two datum planes. Datum Feature - A datum feature is the actual surface component used to establish a datum. The datum feature is specified on an engineering drawing using accepted methods nad is used and establish specific origin-feature relationships.

Datum Point - A datum point is that which has position, but no extent; such as, the apex of a pyramid or cone, center point of a sphere or reference point on a surface for functional tooling or gauging purposes. Datum Reference Plane - is a set of three mutually perpendicular datum planes or axis established from the simulated datum in contact with datum surfaces or features and used as a basis for dimensions for designs, manufacture, and inspection measurement. Datum Simulator - A datum simulator is a surface of adequate precision oriented to the high points of a designated datum from which the simulated datum is established.

Examples: gage pin, block, surface of granite block. Diameter Symbol - the diameter symbol indicates a circular feature when used on the field of a drawing or indicates that a defined tolerance is diametrical when used in a feature control frame. Dimension - A dimension is a numerical value expressed in appropriate units of measure and indicated on a drawing.

Feature - Features are specific component portions of a part and may include one or more surfaces, such, as holes, screw threads, profiles, faces or slots. Features may be individual or interrelated. Feature of Size - One cylindrical or spherical surface, or a set of two plane parallel surfaces, each of which is associated with a size dimension. Feature Control Frame - The feature control frame is a rectangular box containing the geometric characteristics symbol, spcified tolerance and datums references as required.

Fit - Fit is a general term used to signify the range of tightness or looseness which may result from the application of a specific combination of allowances and tolerance in the design of mating part features. Fits are of four general types: interference, transition, line and clearance.

Flatness - Flatness is the condition of a surface having all elements in one plane. Form Tolerance - A form tolerance states how far an actual surface is permitted to vary from desired geometric form. Expressions of these tolerances refer to limits of size, flatness, straightness, parallelism, perpendicularly, angularity, roundness, cylindricity, profile of a surface and profile of a line.

Free State - Free state is the variation of form to describe the distortion of a part after removal of forces which restrain the part during manufacturing processes. Free State Variations - Free state variation is a term used to describe the distortion of a part after removal of forces applied during manufacture or assembly.

Full Indicator Movement FIM - The total movement of an dial or digital indicator where appropriately applied to a surface feature while measuring surface variations. Geometric Characteristics - Geometric characteristics refer to the basic elements or building blocks which form the language of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Generally, the term refers to all the symbols used in form, runout, profile and locational tolerancing.

Geometric Tolerance - The general term applied to the category of tolerances used to control form, profile, orientation, location, and runout. Independency - This symbol invokes "Principle of Independency" This principle sets no limits to the number of errors of form possessed by individual features of a work piece.

International designer, except the USA, use this principle. Interference Fit - An interference fit is one having limits of size so prescribed that an interference will occurs when mating parts are assembled. Least Material Size LMS - Condition a feature of size where the least amount of material is present for stated limits of size.

Part would weight the least amount when feature is manufactured at this size. Limit Dimensions - In limit dimensioning only the maximum and minimum dimensions are specified.

When used with dimension lines, the high limit is placed over the low limit. When used with a leader line or note, the low limit precedes the high limit. Limits of Size Concept - The limits of size concept calls for perfect form at maximum material condition.

Also called Rule 1. Line to Line Fit - A line fit is one having limits of size so prescribed that surface contact or clearance may result when mating parts as assembled. Location Tolerance - A location tolerance states how far or near a feature may vary from the perfect location implied by the drawing as related to datum's or other features. Expressions of these tolerances refer to the category of geometric characteristics containing position, concentricity, and symmetry.

Maximum Material Boundary: MMB Maximum material condition is that condition of a part datum feature wherein it contains the maximum amount of material within the stated limits of size. That is: minimum hole size and maximum shaft size. Maximum Material Condition: MMC Maximum material condition is that condition of a part feature wherein it contains the maximum amount of material within the stated limits of size.

Maximum Material Requirement MMR - Maximum material requirement is that condition of a part feature wherein it contains the maximum amount of material within the stated limits of size. Geometrical Tolerance.

A modifier alters the applicability of the specified datum or featureby restricting the application to a specific condition and allowing a variable toleranceboundary under specific conditions. Nominal Size - The nominal size is the stated designation which is used for the purpose of general identification, examples: 1.

The term is used in a general conversation aboutthe materials or often to indicate the target as-manufactured size of a feature of size.

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Designers and engineers utilize this international language on their drawings to accurately describe part features on the basis of size, form, orientation and location. Sigmetrix is premier source for tolerance analysis and design optimization software, training, and engineering solutions. In addition it controls the location and orientation when a datum reference frame is used. Controls the form of a revolved surface in relation to its own perfect form by independent cross sections.

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Datum reference is not allowed Straightness Circularity Roundness Controls form shape of size features only. Datum reference is not allowed Cylindricity Orientation. No relation between features Perpendicularity Controls orientation tilt of surfaces, axes, or median planes for size and non-size features. Optional: Angularity symbol may be used for all orientation controls. Parallelism Angularity Location Position Locates center points, axes and median planes for size features. Can also control orientation. Profile of a Surface Locates surfaces.

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Tolerances are an allowable amount of variation. When you look at machined parts , they look flat and straight, but if you were to view the parts with calipers, you would find that there are imperfections all over the parts. These variations imperfections are allowed within the tolerance limits constraints placed on the parts. In order to understand geometric tolerancing, it helps to think of parts as having varying degrees of imperfection. The engineer or designer should strive to keep tolerances as large as possible while preserving the function of the part.

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