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Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

(OP)
Hi. I am dimensioning a flexible component relative to a fixed datum surface (A). I want the flexible component edge to be parallel to the datum within the +-0.5mm tolerance. Does the below dimension alone ensure the ENTIRE flexible edge is within the 0.5mm tolerance? Or do I need to add a parallel geometric callout from datum A?

RE: Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

A Profile of Surface tolerance control would be appropriate. 2.3 would be basic and the tolerance would be 1 for that application.

RE: Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

(OP)
3DDave, thanks a lot for the quick reply. Assuming that flexible edge is tilted, does the original dimension & tolerance mean the entire edge must be within the limits or just the average of the edge? I'm not sure how to interpret what is shown.

RE: Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

With such an incomplete description of the problem I don't know how to interpret it either.

RE: Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

Keep in mind that profile across the top would control the top surface relative to datum A... which is a theoretically perfect plane formed by the tangent plane of the bottom surface. That might not be the same thing that you intended.
Also keep in mind that it's flexible, so even if you are using the ASME tolerancing standard, Rule #1 (where size automatically controls flatness and parallelism) does not apply.

RE: Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

Since it appears to not be a feature of size, rule 1 would not apply anyway.

RE: Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

Couldn't tell from the picture. Bottom line is that more info is needed.

RE: Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

(OP)
Thanks a lot for the notes. I apologize for being elementary at this, I don't fully understand the appropriate way to dimension this. The blue component is silicone and the green component is aluminum. I am not worried about the overall size of the blue component, just that its top surface is within these tolerances relative to the top surface of the aluminum. The aluminum is fixed in the system and the top surface is perfectly flat. I am now thinking a geometric dimension is overkill given these are not features, but separate components. Does this help clear things up?



RE: Parallel geometric dimension vs standard dimension and tolerance

+/- would be proper if you wanted to control size (distance between opposed points of a width or diameter). Since you control location, use profile of a surface. A tolerance is not overkill just because it's geometric. A tolerance is overkill if too tight, regardless geometric or linear.

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