GD&T is growing more common in our industry, which burdens us with forming a working knowledge of its convention. How we use and translate GD&T changes over the decades as new governing bodies take oversight and release new revisions. The one constant, however, is the great diversity of opinion on how to employ and translate various complications and refinements of the craft.
Differing Opinions Muddy the Waters
Often, machinists are thoroughly ensconced in making parts that need to fit inside the confines of a language that has black and white definitions but work in an atmosphere of users that likely have varying opinions about how things work. Aerospace engineers in the halls of Lockheed can be found arguing about total runout controls, while a variety of RF or hydraulic engineers follow the way their company translates a certain profile callout and that’s the way it is.
GD&T Can Be Miraculous When Employed Correctly
There are a lot of opinions flying around about how GD&T is being used that its preciseness is being watered down. GD&T is a wide and deep practice designed to make the design and fabrication of a miraculous world of mechanical technology as precise as it can be. Given those pursuits and the achievements inherent in their success, fewer planes will fall out of the air, and technologies will function longer and perform more efficiently when we keep our standards at hand and our minds open to finding the best consensus of opinions.
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