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Keyseats and Keyways

by Crystal Bemis on August 1, 2022.

A keyed joint is used to ensure orientation or restrict rotational movement between parts, as in the case of joining a shaft with a coupling. We discuss how a keyed joint is made and inspected in this article.

Position Tolerance vs “True Position”

by Crystal Bemis on June 8, 2022.

Though many people refer to the GD&T Position symbol as "True Position," they are not the same thing. Read on to learn the difference between Position and True Position and how they work together to define the position of a feature.

The Problem with Reporting Basic Dimensions

by Crystal Bemis on April 28, 2022.

Basic Dimensions are theoretically exact dimensions that define the ideal exact location and orientation of surfaces and features of size. A basic dimension is shown on a drawing as a dimension inside of a box, and it will have no...

The Datum Reference Frame

by Crystal Bemis on April 4, 2022.

What is a Datum Reference Frame? Datums are used in GD&T drawings to create a reference system for inspecting a manufactured part. This reference system is called a Datum Reference Frame (DRF). Datums are derived from datum features. Datum features...