Advanced Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)

Course Description

Even with an understanding of the fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T), many professionals still lack the confidence to expertly and deliberately apply geometric tolerancing and perform tolerance stack-up analyses to clearly define their product designs. Like with any language, this deeper understanding is built off the fundamentals.

The Advanced Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course helps students apply GD&T to achieve the mating and functional requirements of their parts. This course reinforces fundamentals and provides applications-based exercises where students apply what they have learned. Application exercises and calculations are performed individually and in teams. The use of functional dimensioning and tolerancing schemes and its effect on assemblies is emphasized throughout the course. Students will expand their understanding of the implications of their specifications on function, manufacturing, inspection, and quality. Students are introduced to tolerance stack-ups and how variation accumulates through an assembly. Students will gain experience and confidence selecting the product definition strategy for an assembly by working more advanced application examples with their peers under the guidance of an expert in a classroom setting.

Course Outline:

  • Datum Review: Datums and degrees of freedom, establishing datum reference frames including datum feature precedence and datum modifiers. Additional datum applications including secondary datum feature at MMB, tertiary datum feature at MMB, calculating allowable datum feature shift, and applications for datum feature modifiers.
  • Advanced Datum Reference Frame Concepts: Moveable datum targets, Two holes as datum feature, Hole and slot as datum feature, coaxial holes as a datum feature, rotational control, simultaneous requirements, customized datum reference frame, applications and establishment of the correct functional datum reference frame.
  • Boundaries: Boundaries and their applications in design and tolerance analysis. Determining Inner & outer boundaries for features with and without modifiers using various datum reference frames
  • Position Control Concepts: Review of composite tolerancing and dual segment position tolerancing, Advanced concepts such as cylindrical tolerance zone, rectangular tolerance zone, spherical tolerance zone, conical tolerance zone, position boundary. Position verification applications.
  • Profile Control Concepts: Review of profile including composite profile. Advanced concepts such as free state variation, non-rigid parts; non-uniform profile, dynamic profile.
  • Coaxial Tolerances: Comparison among circular runout, total runout, position, and profile as alternatives to concentricity and symmetry; Applications of various coaxial tolerances.
  • Introduction to Tolerance Stack-Ups: Geometric controls in tolerance analysis, the tolerance stack-up chain, preliminary tolerance assignment, analysis and assignment methods.

Students Will be Able to:

  • Construct the appropriate functional datum reference frames for parts after analyzing the mating requirements.
  • Apply datum feature modifiers where appropriate based on analyzing the requirements.
  • Specify datum reference frames properly to represent the part’s functional requirements, including the use and interpretation of datum shift where appropriate.
  • Apply Advanced Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing to control features and ensure mating requirements are met.
  • Combine the effects of different types of variation using the concept of boundaries, calculate boundary sizes and use boundaries properly in stack-up analysis.
  • Specify tolerances to ensure multiple mating part relationships between constrained features.
  • Perform tolerance stack-up analysis to assign critical tolerances.
  • Apply geometric controls and symbols properly to suit the functional requirements.
  • Calculate linear, axial and orientation stack-ups using parts toleranced with either numeric or geometric tolerancing

Course Delivery Details

  • Class Duration (live): 2 Days (16 Hours), 8:00am – 4:00pm (EST) each day
  • Class Duration (online): 4x 3.5-hour sessions (14 hours synchronous instruction + asynchronous pre-work / homework)
  • Prerequisites & Preparations: At least one Basic GD&T workshop/course is required as a prerequisite. It’s essential that individuals understand the underlying principles that the Basic course is focused on teaching. In addition, students should have at least 1 year of on-the-job experience applying GD&T in the development of mechanical specifications.
  • Modes of Teaching and Learning: Lecture/discussion, Individual work sessions, Group work sessions, Large print review
  • Textbook: GeoTol Pro Fundamentals Workbook; Technical Consultants Incorporated
  • Who Should Attend: Design, manufacturing, and quality engineers; CAD draftspersons, and mechanical engineering technicians will also find this workshop beneficial. Anyone involved with drawing review and anyone looking for a deeper understanding of how to apply geometric tolerancing and perform tolerance analysis will greatly benefit from this course.

Course Instructor: Charles A Gillis – Senior Consultant, Design Engineering

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