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Category: GD&T Design and Application

Articles related to design concepts or application of GD&T to engineering prints

Position vs Coordinate Dimensions

by Crystal Bemis on January 17, 2024.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and the concept of “True Position,” originated due to a rejection of functional parts as a result of coordinate dimensioning. Let’s look at a simple assembly to illustrate why this is true, and how GD&T Position takes care of this problem.

Designing to MMC and LMC

by Crystal Bemis on August 30, 2023.

In the Question Line Video below, Jason answers a student’s question regarding whether a feature of size can be designed to both Maximum Material Condition (MMC) and Least Material Condition (LMC) boundary constraints.

Control on Multiple Profiles

by Crystal Bemis on July 7, 2023.

Is it possible to control multiple identical profiles by including a multiplier with the feature control frame? In the video below, Jason reviews a drawing with 2 irregularly shaped identical cutouts to answer this question.

Locating Datum Features

by Crystal Bemis on June 5, 2023.

Why doesn't a feature of size that is indicated as a datum feature need to be located? In this article and corresponding question line video, we look at two drawing examples to illustrate why datum features are not located.

Sheet Metal Holes as Datum Features

by Crystal Bemis on May 16, 2023.

If I specify a hole in a practically thin feature, such as a piece of sheet metal, is this still considered a cylindrical datum? Is this a poor choice of datum? In this article, we look at an example to help us answer these questions.

Knurling

by Crystal Bemis on September 19, 2022.

Knurling is a process used to create a pattern on the surface of a material by displacing or deforming the surface.

Why use Profile over Coordinate Dimensioning

by Brandon John on August 16, 2021.

To determine when to use Profile of a Surface or Coordinate Dimensioning, let’s first look at what the 2009 ASME Y14.5 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard tells us.  Paragraph 2.1.1 was revised to emphasize/encourage the...