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Dimensioning your drawing - Adding geometric tolerances

Controlling dimension tolerance

You can create dimensions as either tolerance or limits dimensions. When creating a tolerance dimension, you can control the upper and lower tolerance limits as well as the number of decimal places of the dimension text. The image tile on the right side of the Dimension Settings dialog box shows the appearance of tolerance and limits dimensions based on the current dimension style settings.




Tolerance dimension.


Limits dimension.

To create a tolerance dimension
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose Dimension > Dimension Style.
  3. On the Dimension toolbar, click the Dimension Style tool (
  4. ).
  • Type setdim and then press Enter.
  • Click the Tolerance tab.
  • Select the Append Dimension Tolerances check box.
  • Type or select the lower tolerance limit.
  • Type or select the upper tolerance limit.
  • Click OK.
  • Insert the dimension.
    1. Select to insert dimensions as upper and lower tolerance limits.
    2. Select to include plus and minus tolerance values with the dimension text.
    3. Type or select the minimum tolerance or lower limit value.
    4. Type or select the maximum tolerance or upper limit value.
    1. Type or select the number of decimal places displayed in limits or tolerance dimensions.
    2. Select to prevent the inclusion of leading zeros or the inclusion of feet in dimension limits when the dimension is less than one foot.
    3. Select to prevent the inclusion of trailing zeros or the inclusion of inches in dimension limits when the number of inches is zero.