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# PRINCIPLES OF DIMENSIONING

ENGINEERING DESIGN
PROCESS
Design a part

RESULT

TRANSFERRED INFORMATION

Sketches of ideas

Create drawings

## Shape 1. Size, Location 2. Non-graphic information

Manufacture
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To describe an object completely we need to define both the shape and the size.
of the object
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DEFINITION
Dimensioning is the process of specifying part s information by using of figures, symbols and notes.
This information are such as:

## 3. Number required 4. Kind of surface finish

5. Manufacturing process 6. Size and geometric tolerances
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ELEMENTS OF DIMENSIONING

Designed part
S
INFORMATION CONVEYED: Dimension

But how?

ELEMENTS OF DIMENSIONING

EXTENSION LINE

DIMENSION
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EXTENSION LINES
indicate the location on the objects features that are dimensioned.

EXTENSION LINES
Leave a visible gap ( 1 mm) from a view and start
drawing an extension line.

Extend the lines beyond the (last) dimension line 1-2 mm.
COMMON MISTAKE

Visible gap

EXTENSION LINES
Do not break the lines as they cross object lines.

COMMON MISTAKE

Continuous

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3w

## Types of arrow heads and their Order of Preference (Left to Right)

1st

2nd

3rd

4th
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DIMENSION LINES
indicate the direction and extent of a dimension, and

## inscribe dimension figures.

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indicate details of the feature with a
local note.
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10 Drill, 2 Holes

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DIMENSION LINES
Dimension lines should not be spaced too close
to each other and to the view.
Leave a space at least 2 times of a letter height.

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## Leave a space at least 1 time of a letter height.

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DIMENSION FIGURES
The height of figures is suggested to be 2.5~3 mm.

Place the numbers at about 1 mm above dimension line and between extension lines.
COMMON MISTAKE

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DIMENSION FIGURES
When there is not enough space for figure or
arrows, put it outside either of the extension lines.

16.25 16.25 1

1 1

or

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## DIMENSION FIGURES : UNITS

The JIS and ISO standards adopt the unit of

## Length dimension in millimeters without

specifying a unit symbol mm. Angular dimension in degree with a symbol o

place behind the figures (and if necessary minutes and seconds may be used together).
JAPANESE INDUSTRIAL STANDARDS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDS
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## DIMENSION FIGURES : ORIENTATION

1. Aligned method The dimension figures are placed so that they are readable from the

## bottom and right side of the drawing.

2. Unidirectional method The dimension figures are placed so that they can be read from the bottom of the drawing. Do not use both system on the same drawing or on the same series of drawing (JIS Z8317)
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EXAMPLE : Dimension

## of length using aligned method.

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30

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EXAMPLE : Dimension

## of length using unidirectional method.

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30 30

30

30

30

30

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EXAMPLE : Dimension

## of angle using aligned method. 45o

45o

45o
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45o

EXAMPLE : Dimension

45o 45o
45o

45o

45o

45o
45o

45o

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## Fundamental Principles of Dimensioning

Clarity Essentiality

Functionality

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## THE BASIC CONCEPT

Dimensioning is accomplished by adding size and location information necessary to manufacture the object.

## This information have to be

Clear
Complete Facilitate the - manufacturing method - measurement method
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EXAMPLE

Designed part

## 1. Width, depth and thickness of the part.

2. Diameter and depth of the hole. 3. Location of the holes.

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ANGLE
To dimension an angle use circular dimension line having the centre at the vertex of the angle.

COMMON MISTAKE

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ARC
Arcs are dimensioned by giving the radius, in the

## views in which their true shapes appear.

The letter R is always lettered before the figures to emphasize that this dimension is radius of an arc.

or

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The dimension figure and the arrowhead should be inside the arc,

ARC

## Move both figure and arrow outside

R 6.5

R 58.5

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ARC
Leader line must be radial and inclined with an angle between 30 ~ 60 degs to the horizontal.

COMMON MISTAKE

R62.5 R62.5

R62.5

R62.5

R62.5

R62.5

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ARC
Use the foreshortened radial dimension line, when arc s center locates outside the sheet or interfere with other views.

Method 1 2

Drawing sheet

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## FILLETS AND ROUNDS

Give the radius of a typical fillet only by using a local note. If all fillets and rounds are uniform in size, dimension may be omitted,
but it is necessary to add the note All fillets and round are Rxx.

R6.5

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## NOTE: All fillets and round are R6.5

NOTE: All fillets and round are R6.5 unless otherwise specified. 31

Drawing sheet

CURVE
The curve constructed from two or more arcs, requires the dimensions of radii

COMMON MISTAKE

Tangent point

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## Size dimensions are diameter and length.

CYLINDER

Location dimension must be located from its center lines and should be given in circular view.

Measurement method

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CYLINDER
Diameter should be given in a longitudinal view with the symbol placed before the figures.

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HOLES
Size dimensions are diameter and depth. Location dimension must be located from its center lines and should be given in circular view.

Measurement method

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HOLES : SMALL
Use leader line and local note to specify diameter

SIZE

## 1) Through thickness hole

xx
or

xx Thru.
or

xx Drill.

xx Drill, Thru.

or

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HOLES : SMALL
and holes depth in the circular view.

SIZE

## Use leader line and local note to specify diameter

2) Blind hole

xx, yy Deep
or

xx Drill, yy Deep

Holes depth

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HOLES : LARGE
Use extension and dimension lines
Use diametral dimension line

SIZE

xx
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COMMON MISTAKE

HOLES
xx
Rxx

xx

xx

xx xx

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CHAMFER
Use leader line and note to indicate linear distance and angle of the chamfer.

S q

## For a 45o chamfer or

CS S S
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ROUNDED-END SHAPES
Dimensioned according to the manufacturing method used.

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R12

## Center to Center Distance

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ROUNDED-END SHAPES
Dimensioned according to the manufacturing method used.

R12

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## Center to Center Distance

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ROUNDED-END SHAPES
Dimensioned according to the manufacturing method used.

R12

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ROUNDED-END SHAPES
Dimensioned according to the manufacturing method used.

R12

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## Tool cutting distance

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ROUNDED-END SHAPES
Dimensioned according to the standard sizes of another part to be assembled
or manufacturing method used.

## Key (standard part)

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ROUNDED-END SHAPES
Dimensioned according to the standard sizes of another part to be assembled

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## DIMENSIONING METHODS CHAIN DIMENSIONING PARALLE DIMENSIONING COMBINED DIMENSIONING

CHAIN

PARRALEL

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Redraw and Correct the dimensions shown in the diagram on the left hand side using proper standard and dimensioning rules.

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Redraw and Correct the dimensions shown in the diagram on the left hand side using proper standard and dimensioning rules.

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RULES OF DIMENSIONING : A summary Between any two extension lines, there must be one and only one dimension line bearing one dimension.

As far as possible, all the dimensions should be placed outside the views. Inside dimensions are preferred only if they are clearer and more easily readable. All the dimensions on a drawing must be shown using either Aligned System or Unidirectional System. In no case should, the two systems be mixed on the same drawing.
The same unit of length should be used for all the dimensions on a drawing. The unit should not be written after each dimension, but a note mentioning the unit should be placed below the drawing.

Dimension lines should not cross each other. Dimension lines should also not cross any other lines of the object.

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## All dimensions must be given.

Each dimension should be given only once. No dimension should be redundant. Do not use an outline or a centre line as a dimension line. A centre line may be extended to serve as an extension line. Avoid dimensioning hidden lines. Smaller dimensions should always be placed nearer the view. The next smaller dimension should be placed next and so on.

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## SYSTEMS OF DIMENSIONING: A SUMMARY

Aligned System

In the aligned system, dimensions are placed perpendicular to the dimension line so that they may be read from the bottom or right-hand side of the drawing sheet. Dimensions are placed at the middle and on top of the dimension lines.

Unidirectional System In the unidirectional system, dimensions are placed in such a way that they can be read from the bottom edge of the drawing sheet. As shown in Fig. 3.5, all horizontal dimensions are placed at the middle and on top of the dimension lines while vertical and inclined dimensions are inserted by breaking the dimension lines at the middle.
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