How to Calculate Position Tolerance

How to Calculate Position Tolerance


The first step to calculate position tolerance is to define what it means. For example, if you have a tolerance of 0.001mm for a screw thread, you need to measure its diameter, axis, and length. You can calculate the tolerance of a screw thread using the following formula:

Next, multiply the length of the thread by its diameter. This gives you the diametrical position tolerance, and you can divide that number by two to get the radial position tolerance. This way, you can determine how much you need to cut a hole to achieve a desired position. You must also take into account the bonus tolerance and the datum feature shift.

GD&T Position is another way to calculate tolerance. This method is often used when a part has an out-of-tolerance feature. This method is used to protect minimum stock clearances and wall thickness. This tolerance is not used for the +/ range, but only in cases where a tolerance is required.

Another method is to call out the position in the X and Y directions. For instance, you can call out a hole in a circular tolerance zone that is 0.5 mm across its thickness. Once you have these two measurements, you can convert them to the total diametric deviation. You need to make sure the diametric deviation is smaller than the specified tolerance, otherwise, the product is not usable.


Position tolerance is a measure of how closely a feature fits to its target position. It can be calculated using the MMC system. A hole’s axis must lie within a tolerance zone fixed by its true-position dimensions. In this example, the hole lies inside a cylindrical tolerance zone.

To calculate position tolerance, first determine the size of the hole. Then, divide that size by the tolerance zone cylinder. It is possible to make a hole that is 0.3 mm smaller than the target size, but not a fraction of a millimeter smaller. If the hole is 0.2 mm smaller than the target size, the tolerance zone is 0.1 mm.

To calculate the position tolerance of a feature, multiply its dimensions by the MMB. A measurement error of this size is zero, which means the part is inside the MMC boundary. However, if the part is outside the MMB, the difference between the two measurement frames is the tolerance. Using the MMB and RAME method, the maximum datum feature shift is equal to the looseness between the part and the gage. For example, if the part is 19 mm in diameter, the max datum feature shift is 0.4 dia.

To calculate position tolerance using MMC, the two measurements must be in the same plane. Then, the unrelated actual mating envelope must fit within the tolerance zone. The same applies to the hole-in-hole relationship.


When calculating position tolerance, use LMC. This method shows the projected tolerance zone as a dimensioned value on a drawing view. Typically, the tolerance zone is the height of a hole in a mating part. This method makes it easy to determine the position tolerance of a component.

The LMC method gives two basic types of tolerance. The first is the position tolerance, which is 0.3 dia. This tolerance applies to both the inner and outer fences. The center of the outer fence can be 0.15 dia radially away from the inner fence. The second type of tolerance is the bonus tolerance, which is equal to the outer fence’s size tolerance.

In order to determine position tolerance using LMC, you first need to determine the size of your feature. This measurement is known as a datum feature. When you measure a feature with an LMC, you can also use a center plane or axis to determine the true position of the feature.

In addition, you can also use a no-go gauge to check for hole size and perpendicularity. This gauge has a built-in feature that does not fit into a hole. It is useful for checking position tolerances when designing functional gauges.


When calculating position tolerance, perpendicularity is a critical dimension. The center axis of a bolt hole must remain perpendicular to the surface. To achieve this, the hole should have a perpendicularity of at least nine. To calculate perpendicularity, you must first measure the height of a plane or line. Then, multiply this height by the diameter of the hole to get the perpendicularity.

First, you need to determine the axis. Usually, the axis of a feature lies within the tolerance zone. For example, the axis of three coaxial cylinders is in the tolerance zone, but this does not mean that it is perpendicular to either feature. Therefore, you need to determine whether the hole lies inside the tolerance zone or is perpendicular to the cylinder axis.

The tolerance of a position callout is the area within which the axis of the actual mating envelope is not outside the tolerance zone. This zone is also known as the maximum material condition callout. This callout is a good way to check whether the hole/pin’s orientation is within the tolerance zone.

The axis perpendicularity callout is another common way to check for GD&T tolerances. It is similar to the surface perpendicularity callout, but uses a different symbol. It specifies the boundary of a cylindrical feature and defines a tolerance zone with two parallel planes. The surface under inspection must lie between the two planes, and the feature control frame sets the spacing between the two planes.

GD&T calculator

GD&T is a geometric tolerance calculation method that uses the notion of True Position. There are two forms of this, namely True Position Regardless of Feature Size and True Position Relative to Datums. True Position is measured with respect to Datums that are specified in the Feature Control Block.

The GD&T calculator provides two different outputs, one for each dimensional tolerance. One of them, known as LMC, measures the minimum and maximum material thickness, while the other calculates positional tolerance. In the latter case, the material thickness and the number of bends between the datums and hole are considered.

In the former case, the tolerance zone is a three-dimensional cylinder centered at the true position. The cylinder has two or three datum features that define the position reference point. The radii of the tolerance zone are proportional to the thickness of the part. If a bonus tolerance is included in the latter case, the tolerance zone’s diameter is increased.

True position is a special case of position tolerance. It defines the maximum permitted variation of a feature’s location. It is used most often when holes are involved. Moreover, a true position symbol indicates that all the numbers and symbols refer to the true position tolerance.

Changes to position tolerance

Position tolerance is a measurement of an object’s ability to fit within a specified boundary. The measurement reflects the amount of movement that can occur within the tolerance area. To be considered as compliant, the position tolerance must not violate the boundaries of the X and Y axes. This tolerance zone must also fit within the boundaries of the pin, slot, tab, or other feature.

Tolerances can be lengthwise, widthwise, or composite. The latter is typically specified based on the pattern of features that make up the assembly. The upper segment of a composite position is the same as a single-segment position, while the lower segment differs slightly. This result is achieved by unlocking translations in the tolerance zones of the pattern with respect to the datum reference frame.

Tolerance is a measurement of the distance between a feature and its surrounding area. It refers to the datum feature B and the M symbol. For example, if the hole were 22.0, the position tolerance of the slot would be 21.8. This would accommodate a perpendicularity tolerance of 0.2.

The true position tolerance zone has an area that’s larger than the plus or minus zones. This makes it possible to fit components more cheaply.

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