Tolerancing: Managing Uncertainty from Conceptual Design to Final Product

Edward Morse, Jean Yves Dantan, Nabil Anwer, Rikard Söderberg, Giovanni Moroni, Ahmed Qureshi, Xiangqian Jiang, Luc Mathieu

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Variability is unavoidable in the realization of products. While design must specify ideal geometry, it shall also describe limits of variability (tolerances) that must be met in order to maintain proper product function. Although tolerancing is a mature field, new manufacturing processes and design methodologies are creating new avenues of research, and modelling standards must also evolve to support these processes. In addition, the study of uncertainty has produced widely-accepted methods of quantifying variability, and modern tolerancing tools should support these methods. The challenges introduced by new processes and design methodologies continue to make tolerancing research a fertile and productive area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-717
Number of pages23
JournalCIRP Annals
Issue number2
Early online date26 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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