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Maximum Material Requirement.....
Least Material Requirement..... Theoretically exact dimensions..... Projected Tolerance Zonee..... Envelope Requirement.....
Common zone..... Datum targets..... Free State tolerances.....
These notes attept to clarify the meanings of the supplimentary symbols used for geometric tolerancing. The notes are outline in nature. Detailed notes are found in the identified standards and it is suggested that these standards are consulted for clearest understanding of the requirements.
BS ISO 1101:1983 Technical Drawings - Geometrical tolerancing - Tolerancing of form, orientation,
location and run-out - Generalities, definitions, symbols, indications on drawings
Note: The following descriptions are very much shortened versions of those found in the standards
and are not considered to be definitive.
Maximum Material Requirement
The minimum assembly clearance occurs when each of the mating componentsis at its maximum material size (e.g. the largest pin size and the smallest hole size) it additionally occurs when the geometrical deviations e.g. the form, orientation and location deviations of the components size and their derived features centre line surface form are also at their maximum. Assembly clearance are maximised when the sizes of the assembled features of size are at least material size e.g. the smallest shaft size together with the largest hole size and when the geometrical variations e.g. the form, orientation and location deviation and their derived features are at zero. If the size of one mating part is less than its maximum material size, the indicated geometrical tolerance of the feature may be increased without endangering the assembly to the other part. This assembly function is controlled by the maximum material requirement.
The maximum metal requirement is that the component boundaries should not violate the maximum metal virtual condition of the perfect form at the size meeting the maximum metal requirement e.g largest external or smalles hole dia of fullest external form. When the maximum metal condition symbol (M) (in circle) when used in the tolerance frame, it is indicated by a symbol placed after
- the tolerance value
With maximum material requirement, the two requirements (size and geometrical tolerance) are transformed into one collective requirement. In the figure below the shaft is required to be perfectly straight at maximum metal condition. If the shaft was at its lower limit of size then it is acceptable that the shaft is allowed to be 0,5mm out in straightness.
In the figure below maximum metal requirement is with a 0,5mm allowance. If the shaft was at its lower limit of size then it is acceptable that the shaft is allowed to be 1,0mm out in straightness. At the upper limit of size the shaft is allowed to be 0,5mm out in straighness.
In the figure below maximum metal virtual condition is with a 0 mm allowance. A cylinder of 10mm dimeter must be at 90o to the basplate with no angular allowance. A cylinder of 9,5mm diameter may be out of vertical be 0,5mm over its length. Also a cylinder of variable diameter (within its tolerance) can be out of vertical only such that it does not violate MMVC with a MMVS = 10mm dia at 90o to the plate.
If the intended function of the a part a shown below is an assembly with a plate with two holes 50 mm apart. The holes are required to be perpendicular to the contact surface of the plate then the pins are dimensioned as follows.
The maximimum metal requirement is applied to holes in a similar way as shown below.
An example of the application of maximum material requirement to coaxiality is illustrated in the figure below
Least Material Requirement
The least material requirement shall be indicated by the specification modifier symbol . When the least metal requirement symbol is used in the tolerance frame, it is indicated by a symbol placed after
- the tolerance value
This requirement is generally used to limit the least material situation e.g. when it is necessary to limit the minimum wall thickness between a hole and the side or the outside diameter of a component. An example of dimensioning which includes least metal requirements is provided in the figure below.
Theoretically exact dimensions
The dimension determining the theoretically exact form, orientation or position respectively must not be toleranced. The corresponding actual dimensions may only vary by the tolerances of form, orientation or position specified within the tolerance frame.This is illustrated in the figure below
Projected tolerance zones
In some cases, the tolerance of orientation and position shall apply not to the feature itself but to the external projection of it. Such projected tolerance zones shall be indicated by the symbol P (in circle)
Envelope requirement (ref BS ISO 8015 clause 6,1
For a component feature e.g a cyliderical surface or a feature based on
two parallel plane surfaces, the envelope requirement may be used. This means
the the envelope form at maximum material condition shall not be violated. This is indicated by
a symbol .
it is possible to apply a single tolerance zone to several separate features. An example of this is if a machine tool has separate surfaces which have all to be made with a common flatness tolerance. This example is shown below. In the tolerance frame the symbol CZ is added as the standard abbreviation for "common zone".
When surfaces are identified as datum faces there is the problem that real surfaces vary significantly from ideally flat surfaces. Using a real surface as datum face can result in poor repeatability of measurements. For these situations datum targets may be used. A daturm target may be a point, a line or a defined local surface. If one datum surface is to be identified then three surface identifiers are require. For two adjacent normal surfaces then three datum targets are required on the primary surface and two are required on the secondary surface. If three adjacent normal surfaces are to be identified then three datum targets are required on the primary surface and two are required on the secondary surface and one is required on the tertiary surface.
The figure below provides a crude example of a block with three datum faces to be identified and a hole which is provided with geometrical tolerances relative to the three datum faces
The figure illustrates the representative drawing . The datum face A is identified with the three datum points A1,A2,A3,. The datum face B is positioned using the two datum circular areas B1 and B2. The datum surface C is positioned using the datum circular daturm surface C1
In BS ISO 10579 a non-rigid part is defined as a part which deforms to an
extent that in the free state is beyond the dimensional and/or geometrical tolerances on
the drawing. This condition applies to parts made of elastic or plastic
materials or of thin flexible materials.
An identification of the standard BS ISO 10579 in the notes
A crude example of how a free state geometrical tolerance is applied is provided in the figure below. The interpretation of this figure is that the tolerances followed by shall apply in the free state. The other tolerances apply in the assembled condition
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