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Dimension control of Plastic parts

Dimension control of Plastic parts

We have a plastic housing design in which both the halves when assembled together, the max, mismatch( shift) on the mating edges should ne .01 inches. Please help me how to specify this on the part drawings of each parts?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions

RE: Dimension control of Plastic parts

The GD&T system is probably best for this.  Use the symbol for either "profile of a line" or "profile of a surface" to call out the appropriate tolerance value.

And profile often references datums -- that is the tricky part on plastics.  Are you merely interested in controlling shape and size, such that they fit together?  Or might the outline of the mating edge need to be tied back to other features?

John-Paul Belanger
Certified Sr. GD&T Professional
Geometric Learning Systems

RE: Dimension control of Plastic parts

As Belanger says, this may be a good application for the use of surface profile.  Simplistically if the surfaces that have to align are both given a .010 surface profile this will get what you need.

However, for some plastics processes, especially larger parts, .010 is pretty tight, so are you sure it's possible with your process?

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RE: Dimension control of Plastic parts

I thought the mismatch note was in regards to (single part) mold components, not matching resultant parts (i.e. two mold halves).
The only way I know of maintaining your requirements is to either use a .010 profile tolerance or a +/-.005 dimensional tolerance.  The profile tolerance would probably be the better choice.

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RE: Dimension control of Plastic parts

If between two halves, mismatch can be a specification is clearly stated.  I would agree with others to use profiling as a better approach.

Matt Lorono
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RE: Dimension control of Plastic parts

Y14.8 makes sense for a moulded article.  Profile tolerances make sense for mating parts ... maybe even unilateral profile tolerances if they are nominally size-on-size.

Jim Sykes, P.Eng, GDTP-S
Profile Services
TecEase, Inc.

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