Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The principles rules of dimensioning.

I am fanatic about rules , I'll try always to be attentive during dimensioning so I publish some basic rules in dimensioning.


1. Each feature of an object is dimensioned once and only once.
2. Dimensions should be selected to suit the function of the object.
3. Dimensions should be placed in the most descriptive view of the feature being dimensioned.
4. Dimensions should specify only the size of a feature. The manufacturing method should only be specified if it is a mandatory design requirement.
5. Angles shown on drawings as right angles are assumed to be 90 degrees unless otherwise specified, and they need not be dimensioned.
6. Dimensions should be located outside the boundaries of the object whenever possible.
7. Dimension lines should be aligned and grouped where possible to promote clarity and uniform  appearance.
8. Crossed dimension lines should be avoided whenever possible. When dimension lines must cross, they should be unbroken.
9. The space between the first dimension line and the object should be at least 3/8 inch (10 mm).
The space between dimension lines should be at least 1/4 inch (6 mm).
10. There should be a visible gap between the object and the origin of an extension line.
11. Extension lines should extend 1/8 inch (3 mm) beyond the last dimension line.
12. Extension lines should be broken if they cross or are close to arrowheads.
13. Leader lines used to dimension circles or arcs should be radial.
14. Dimensions should be oriented to be read from the bottom of the drawing.
15. Diameters are dimensioned with a numerical value preceded by the diameter symbol.
16. Concentric circles should be dimensioned in a longitudinal view whenever possible.
17. Radii are dimensioned with a numerical value preceded by the radius symbol.
18. When a dimension is given to the center of an arc or radius, a small cross is shown at the center.
19. The depth of a blind hole may be specified in a note. The depth is measured from the surface of the object to the deepest point where the hole still measures a full diameter in width.
20. Counterbored, spotfaced, or countersunk holes should be specified in a note.

4 comments:

Vanna KHAN said...

Very nice principles. I've learned something new from this post. Thanks,

DraftingBlue said...

concise and to the point Arben. I see you are very passionate about AutoCAD. keep it up!

GstarCAD said...

Nice post.I like the way you start and then conclude your thoughts. Thanks for this information .I really appreciate your work, keep it up

Iksan Sawaludin said...

nice information. :)

any object can be dimensioned..
and how about the arc object for dimensioning?