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Replicate loft-based object to value-driven object

I've made the following oddity in Solidworks: All the dimensions are known except for the top part. This is probably because this was done using the Lofted Boss/Base feature. The Loft profile goes (...
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how do you define tolerances for moving parts so that they work properly?

I have a mechanism in CAD that I want to either 3D print or CNC mill. When I went to the school's shop the tech asked me what the tolerances of my parts where and I had no idea. How do I go about ...
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Help with engineering graphics

Please redirect me if this is the wrong place to post this, however I've been having issues with something for engineering graphics classes and need some help I'm supposed to draw two intersecting ...
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What GD&T methodology should I use to specify alignment of two holes perpendicular to a shaft?

A round shaft 120mm long has two holes; one 10 mm from the end, the second 80 mm from the end. Each hole is perpendicular to the shaft's length. And here's the problem: the center line of both holes ...
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How to visualize angle of projection in Oblique Parallel Projection?

We know that in Oblique Parallel Projection Point $(x,y,z)$ is projected to position $(x_p,y_p)$ on the view plane.Projector (oblique) from $(x,y,z)$ to $(x_p,y_p)$ makes an angle $\alpha$ with the ...
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Are un-dimensioned orthographic views permitted on a standard drawing?

If I remember correctly, best practice on a drawing is if you fully dimension a part in two out of three orthographic views you don’t include a third view with no dimensions. Is this a documented ...
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Best Practice for Tracking Vendor Firmware Rev

My employer has had me create a model of a vendor product (using OnShape) and make a simple drawing with some overall dimensions that we can hand to customers. However, they want to include the ...
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How did mechanical engineers work before SolidWorks?

I am studying a bunch of stuff related to mechanical engineering and am considering an eventual switch to the field after taking the necessary classes. I'm older, and I took drafting classes in high ...
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Coiling and bending pipe in 3D model

BACKGROUND: I had previously dealt with 2 pipe coils with oddly bend ends. for the most part I was able to use the coil tool and was able to line up a bunch of 2D sketches to complete the odd end ...
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Part drawing information vs Assembly drawing

With my progress through various drawings, I finally came across an assembly drawing with parts I have actually drawn up that caught my eye. The first part drawing as shown below is a simple sheet ...
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What is the best way to handle the hole pattern in this drawing

Apparently I am on a roll of more questions than not today. In the following drawing, there is a pattern (partial?) of 2.7 mm holes. The word in German pointed at them according to google translates ...
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Are these cut lines?

In the following drawing I am looking at the lined that come in on either side of the teeth/tabs that are spaced 9 mm apart and extend 6 mm into the material. In my head these are cut or shear lines ...
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Proper way to model same diameter hole with different tolerances?

This drawing indicate 3 concentric holes. What I did was: Sketch the circle for the outside of the cylinder - 38.5 dia. Extrude the circle for the overall length of the cylinder - 37 mm Use the hole ...
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Loft not quite making the cut

I am working in Inventor LT 2021 which means I do not have access to the sheet metal tool. Which would have been great as the example I am working on is sheet metal. The example drawing I am working ...
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What does the Pg annotation mean

While I am continuing my practice with the German drawings of the V2 rocket, I have come across the PG designation a couple of times on different drawings. I originally thought it was for diameter, ...
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Concentric Circles & Section/Breakout Confusion

This is part of my on going saga of drafting question with respect to the V2 drawings I am using for practice while learning inventor. The following drawing is titled "Partition" (...
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V2 drawing interpretation

This is part of my on going saga of drafting question with respect to the V2 drawings I am using for practice. The following drawing is titled "Container Overview". It has left me with 3 ...
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Interpreting drawing annotations

The other day I was looking for example drawings to follow that would be used in a real world context as opposed to basic exercise books and I stumbled across a museum archive of the V2 rocket design. ...
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Inventor Filleting Issue

I am a beginner practicing with Inventor 2021 LT and I was working on the following sample drawing when I ran into an issue with fillets: At the top edge of the U-shape slot, a rounded corner can be ...
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Interpretation of dimensions

Continuing through my practice examples I came across the following diagram and I have a question on how to interpret the depth of the part. I have the part drawn up in inventor, but when I went to ...
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Symbol and dimension question for practice sketch [closed]

I am practicing with Inventor LT 2021 to get used to it, and learn more about how to manipulate things in it. I was practicing with the following sketch and I developed a bunch of questions about the ...
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Why is locating a feature using directly toleranced dimensions not recommended?

Reading through ASME Y14-5 I noticed a Note in para 2.6 "NOTE: When basic dimensions are used, there is no accumulation of tolerances. A geometric tolerance is required to create the tolerance ...
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How to Construct a Primary Auxiliary View given that an oblique surface with 6 sides

I need to construct the auxiliary views with the given front and right side orthographic views. The view is in third angle projection. I observed that there is an oblique surface so that perhaps I ...
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Does ASME follow the ANSI standard, the ISO standard, or neither (both work)?

I was looking through AMSE Y14-5 and noticed that they tend to use diameter symbols in their drawings, which is indicative of an ISO standard. However, I always thought that ASME Y14-5, being ...
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Finding the isometric view of an object from the front and right side view

I need to draw the isometric view and top section view of the object given only the front and right side view. I understand on how other edges of these views correlate with each other. I just do not ...
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What's the difference between a dowel pin symbol on a hole, and just a regular hole?

I noticed that sometimes I would see holes labelled like this: but most of the times, they would be drawn "normally", like this: Why would someone use a dowel pin symbol if a regular hole ...
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Is sphericity the same as profile?

I have to inspect a sphere on a CMM, and the standard states that the "Sphericity must be within 0.02mm". I am using a Zeiss CMM, and it does not have a 'sphericity' inspection method, but ...
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Applying ISO fits to radial bearings

Do you need to take the bearing size tolerance into account when creating the tolerances for the mating hole/shaft when using ISO 286 tolerances? For example, a 125 mm OD bearing with a desired H7 ...
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Is there anything in BS 8888 regarding the scale of a section view?

If a section view isn't sufficient enough to show all details required, can it be at a larger scale than its parent view? Is there anything in BS 8888 regarding recommended scales in section views? ...
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How to draw an arc through 2 known points and tangent to a line

I am using AutoCAD and I was trying to figure out how to draw a circular arc through 2 known point and tangent to a line. When I look at the circle tools I see the following options: When I look at ...
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Converting multiview drawing to isometric drawing

Please help me answer this. There is more to this but I just need to know the trick so I can answer the rest please.
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Where can I find technical drawings for computer parts?

I want to 3d print a custom computer case, I have the skillset to do so, however, I do not know where to find the technical drawings required. I need drawings for a 280mm Radiator, an ITX Motherboard, ...
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GD&T Is this a regular feature of size?

From ASME-Y14.5, a regular feature of size is defined as "one cylindrical surface, a spherical surface, a circular element, or a set of two opposed parallel line elements or opposed parallel ...
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Dimensioning holes through a hollow shaft

I have three types of holes in a hollow shaft that are perpendicular to the shaft. The first type of hole go only through to the centerline. The second type go all the way through (i.e. out the other ...
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GD&T What is the difference between circularity and cylindricity?

Here is an image from Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design about circularity... Now here is another image from the same textbook about cylindricity... If circularity applies along the entire ...
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What shape does a rod bend into when you push the ends together?

If I have a uniform rod -- And then I push on each end toward the center >--< So it bends ...
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Is there a standard for where treelines are drawn?

On surveys and site plans, I've often found treelines. These look like the below image, and serve to delineate in a very approximate way the areas full of trees and those that aren't: Is there a ...
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visualization of intersection of two objects [closed]

This is from a design entrance that I am preparing for. I know it's a little different than a theoretical projection drawing that engineering books usually cover. It is more practical and ...
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Help interpreting dimensions from this drawing

Why there are different dimensions for the same measurements on this drawing? For example 0.127mils and 0.097 mils pin to pin. Or highlighted 405 and 385 mils. I can't find anything on the datasheet ...
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What standards apply when specifying coating/painting in a mechanical part drawing?

I have produced a part drawing which calls up a machined mark on a flat surface, and the supplier has manufactured the part with this surface painted. I haven't added a note to the drawing that says ...
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Lowercase phi (φ) seemingly used for diameter in diagram instead of Ø?

On a technical drawing for resistors, the lead diameter was given as $\varphi 0.55\text{mm}$. Since they also specify the wire is 24 SWG, and 24 SWG is a diameter of 0.559mm, did they simply use φ (...
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How to communicate to keep original dimensions of a part in a technical drawing?

Example: let's say that I have a rectangular part that I would like machined. I'd like to cut it to change the length, but the width and thickness are fine as is. The width and thickness are not nice ...
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How do I read this engineering drawing for this screw?

I am trying to recreate this screw hole in 3D modeling software Siemens NX. This drawing is from page 4-14 in MagneMover LITE User’s Manual document.
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Two intersecting prisms

Case 1 The development of Case 1 of this problem in which the axes of the prisms intersect at right angles, is shown in Diagram 1. Note that inter-edge lines are required for the development of both ...
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GD&T for Multiple Surfaces as Single Feature

I'm looking to get some collective agreement on a question that I have come across a few times now. When referring to features that are technically independent, what is the general consensus on ...
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Default multiview projection schemes

"... a multiview projection is a technique of illustration by which a standardized series of orthographic two-dimensional pictures is constructed to represent the form of a three-dimensional object. ...
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What is this drawing style that faces the x-y plane but stylisticly pulls the z axis down and to the left?

Notice that x and y are proportionally equal and perpendicular to your line of sight, but z is not. It's not 30-90-30 isometric. Also z should actually be pointing right at you rather than down and to ...
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Cannot Create Centerline between 2 Holes in Solidworks Drawing

I am new to Solidworks, my part has several holes (created using the Hole Wizard) which needs Centerlines drawn to connect them. However when I click on the Centerline tool in the Drawing, then ...
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What is the formal term/process for writing down a design?

I forgot what all of it is called but there's this specific way you draw the different components of a device or machine, kind of like blue prints but on plain write paper. You break the device down ...
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Drawing the Connection of 2 Arcs with Radius

I am supposed to be re-drawing this image to scale However when I Try to connect the arc R11 with arc R26 using the radius R22 I get a negative # in my calculations. i.e. R26-R22=(-4) Is there a ...
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