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Why Use GD&T?

by Crystal Bemis on April 27, 2022. (sticky)

We get a lot of questions from students asking why they would want to use Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) over coordinate dimensions. Some believe that using GD&T will result in tighter tolerances and increase...

How to Inspect True Position at an Angle

by Crystal Bemis on April 29, 2024.

When a hole is being controlled with position, the primary datum is often the surface that the hole originates from and the secondary and tertiary datums are perpendicular or parallel to the primary datum. However, this is not always the case. In this video, Jason walks through an example drawing to show us how to inspect a hole that is at an angle with respect to the primary datum.

GD&T Position for Bidirectional Control

by Crystal Bemis on April 4, 2024.

The position symbol is one of the most useful symbols in GD&T - but did you realize that you can use it to allow more tolerance in one direction and less in another? In this video, Jason explains how to achieve bidirectional position control through the use of a Multiple Single Segment Feature Control Frame.

Measuring Runout and Circularity with V-Blocks

by Crystal Bemis on April 1, 2024.

V-Blocks are popular tools used with manual inspections, but come with a unique pitfall that can impact the accuracy of measurements. In this video, Jason walks through the potential issues associated with using V-Blocks and how they can affect measurements of circularity and runout.

Profile Inspection: Vectors in CMM Measurement

by Crystal Bemis on March 4, 2024.

Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) are essential tools for obtaining precise measurements. However, to ensure accurate measurements, it is crucial to understand how to use them correctly. In this video, Jason explains the importance of recognizing and utilizing appropriate vectors when inspecting a profile or irregular surface with a CMM probe.

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.

Bridging the Skills Gap: Empowering the Manufacturing Industry through Training

by Crystal Bemis on January 10, 2024.

The manufacturing industry is facing a workforce shortage, resulting in a loss of tribal knowledge and a widening skills gap. Discover how manufacturers are addressing this through employee training programs - and how GD&T Basics can help your team gain a comprehensive understanding of how to accurately interpret and analyze engineering prints, ensure compliance with industry drawing standards, and acquire the skills needed for effective inspection practices.

Go/No-Go Gaging and Rule #1

by Crystal Bemis on November 14, 2023.

In this Question Line Video, Brandon explains Rule #1 of GD&T (the Envelope Principle) and how Go/No-Go gages are used to verify that Rule #1 is met for a feature of size.

Functional Gaging and CMMs

by Crystal Bemis on September 26, 2023.

In this Question Line video, Jason compares the use of functional gages and CMMs for inspection and discusses benefits and drawbacks of each.