Chapter 27: Dimensioning and Tolerancing


Working with dimensions on drawings

Exploring the Dimension PropertyManager interface

Adding and activating tolerances

Applying items to dimensions

Dimensioning and tolerancing is an art form as much as a science. People become very passionate when discussing the right way to perform these tasks. In truth, the techniques are not so black and white, but are highly dependent on the industry, the means of manufacture, and the purpose of the drawing. Drawings might be used for quotes, manufacturing, inspection, assembly, testing, and so on; and the drawings, as well as the dimensioning and tolerancing used, for each purpose might need to be somewhat different in each circumstance.

Although it's important to follow standards and use drawing conventions properly, I have never seen any company follow an ANSI standard 100 percent, and this is not an argument that I want to reignite here. In this chapter, I focus on how the available tools work. You need to decide for yourself how to apply them in each situation. Refer to the SolidWorks Administration Bible (Wiley, 2009) for more information on standards and conventions.

Putting Dimensions on Drawings

The debate on how to get the dimensions from the model to the drawing is much like the “tastes great/less filling” debate. Each side of the issue has valid points, and the question is not likely to be resolved anytime soon.

At the center of this debate is whether you should place the ...

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