Feature Toolbar with Geometric Tolerance Icon Highlighted

Often associated with datum, use Geometric tolerance to create and place basic dimension notations in the drawing, like this:

example of the result of using Geometric Tolerance tool

Creating a tolerance

Tolerances can be attached to edges, holes, dimensions (with or without leaders), dimension extension lines, extension lines, and even away from an edge (with no leader).

Creating a tolerance:

  1. Click Geometric tolerance icon.
  2. In the dialog, from corresponding lists, specify the symbols and associated tolerances for your drawing:

    Geometric tolerance with dialog

  3. Complete the specifications by entering the following information:
    1. The upper text field adds information above the Geometric tolerance.
    2. Select the type of Geometric tolerance by using the Symbol dropdown. The symbol is placed to the left of the Tolerance.
    3. Enter a Tolerance value into the Tolerance field.
    4. Enter up to 3 datum values into the 3 datum fields.
    5. Enter a Prefix or Suffix to add information to the left or right of the Tolerance, respectively.
    6. Click the Add frame icon (Plus sign icon) to add additional frames to the geometric tolerance. Change the bottom symbol to Composite to create a composite frame.
    7. If desired, click the Remove last frame icon (Minus sign icon) to remove the last frame added.
    8. Click the Leader symbol dropdown and select Leader (Leader symbol), All around (All around symbol), or All over (All over symbol).
    9. Click the Geometric tolerance symbol dropdown to select the type of Geometric tolerance. The symbol displays to the left of the Geometric tolerance value in the Tolerance field.
    10. Click the Geometric tolerance modifier dropdown and select Maximum material condition (indicates a feature contains the maximum amount of material stated in the limits), Least material condition (indicates a feature contains the minimum amount of material stated in the limits), or Regardless of feature size (indicates that the feature can be any size within the state limits). The symbol displays to the right of the Geometric tolerance value in the Tolerance field.
    11. Select any combination of Free state (Free state symbol), Tangent plane (Tangent plane symbol), or Projected tolerance zone (℗). The symbol displays to the right of the Geometric tolerance and Geometric tolerance modifier in the Tolerance field.
    12. Enter information in the Lower text field below the leader to add information below the Geometric tolerance.
    13. The Insert symbol dropdown at the bottom left of the dialog is used to insert a symbols to the upper and lower text fields, as well as the Prefix and Suffix fields. Place your cursor in the field where you want the symbol placed, and then use the dropdown to select the symbol to insert.
  4. Click in the graphics area to place the tolerance.

    To place tolerance with a leader, hover over drawing view until a snap point appears, click with the desired snap point visible, drag tolerance and click to place. To add another leader, right-click the leader and select Add leader. Click to place additional leader. Repeat to add more leaders:
    Placing a tolerance with a leader

    The leader includes a moveable node along the horizontal segment:


    Click and drag the node to extend or shrink the horizontal segment of the leader line.

    To place the tolerance on an edge in the view, place the tolerance first, then drag it to the edge and release when there is no leader visible:
    Placing a tolerance on an edge in the view
    To place the tolerance along an extension line, drag the tolerance away from the snap point, until an extension line appears:
    Placing a tolerance along an extension line

    You can also place tolerances on centermarks as well as manually placed centermarks.

    When aligning dimensions and annotations, you can hover over edges, midpoints, or other lines to activate red inference points. Use the inference points to snap the location of the entity when creating or dragging a dimension or annotation. Similarly, you can move the mouse vertically or horizontally over views, lines, dimensions, or annotations to activate pink vertical and horizontal inference lines. Use these inference lines to align the location of the entity vertically or horizontally from the desired referenced annotation.

The tolerance displays in the graphics area.

Tolerance displayed in the graphics area

Tolerance with leader:

example of a tolerance with leader

You can drag a geometric tolerance closer to or farther away from its placement point on the drawing, and the extension line adjusts appropriately. You also have the ability to attach and orient the geometric tolerance to other drawing annotations.

When dragging away from a dimension, the geometric tolerance automatically gains a leader and remains inline with the dimension.

Editing a tolerance

To edit a tolerance:

  1. Double-click on the tolerance in the graphics area.
  2. Make your changes in the dialog that opens.

Styling tolerances

To style a tolerance:

  1. Click on the tolerance you want to style, then click the Styles panel icon on the right side of the page:

    Drawings styles panel icon

  2. Edit the Font, Text height, Color, and Arrowhead:

    Drawings Styles panel

Add/remove leader nodes

  1. Right-click on the leader and click Add node:

    Add node command selected in context menu

A node will appear on the leader. To add another node, right click on the leader and select Add node again.

  1. To remove a node from a leader, right click on the node and select Remove node.
  2. You are also able to add leaders to nodes by right clicking on the node and selecting Add leader. This will add a leader starting from that node and ending wherever you click next.

Geometric tolerance context menu

Right-click the geometric tolerance symbol to open the context menu:

  • Edit - Open the geometric tolerance dialog to edit the geometric tolerance specifications.
  • Paste - Paste the copied geometric tolerance.
  • Copy - Copy the geometric tolerance.
  • Add leader - Add a leader (or another leader) to the geometric tolerance symbol.
  • Remove leaders - Remove all leaders from the geometric tolerance symbol.
  • Move to - Move a geometric tolerance symbol to a different layer of the drawing: Border frame, Border zones, or Title block. Once on another zone, you have the option of locking the layers (through Drawings properties, Formats tab), in order to stabilize the position of entities on that layer. When a geometric tolerance is moved to different layer, that layer's formats (for example, color, line thickness, and font) are applied to it.
  • Clear selection - Remove any highlighted items from the selection queue.
  • Zoom to fit - Zoom appropriately to fit the entire drawing in the field of view.
  • Delete - Delete selected entities.

Geometric characteristic symbols

Symbol Characteristics Type
Position symbol Position Location
Concentricity or coaxiality symbol Concentricity or coaxiality Location
Symmetry symbol Symmetry Location
Parallelism symbol Parallelism Orientation
Perpendicularity symbol Perpendicularity Orientation
Angularity symbol Angularity Orientation
Cylindricity symbol Cylindricity Form
Flatness symbol Flatness Form
Circularity or roundness symbol Circularity or roundness Form
Straightness symbol Straightness Form
Square symbol Square Form
Profile of a surface symbol Profile of a surface Profile
Profile of a line symbol Profile of a line Profile
Circular runout symbol Circular runout Runout
Total runout symbol Total runout Runout

Leader symbols

Symbol Characteristics
Leader symbol Leader
All around symbol All around
All over symbol All over

Diameter symbols

Symbol Characteristics
Ø Diameter
SØ Spherical diameter
R Radius
SR Spherical radius
CR Controlled radius

Modifier symbols

Symbol Characteristics Type
indicates a feature contains the maximum amount of material stated in the limits At maximum material condition, a feature contains the maximum amount of material stated in the limits MMC
indicates a feature contains the minimum amount of material stated in the limits At least material condition, a feature contains the minimum amount of material stated in the limits. LMC
indicates that the feature can be any size within the state limits Regardless of feature size, indicates that the feature can be any size within the state limits. RFS
Free state symbol Free state F
Tangent plane symbol Tangent plane T
indicates that the feature can be any size within the state limits Unequally disposed profile/Unilateral tolerance. Specifies the amount of material out of the total tolerance that is added to the part.  
℗ Projected tolerance zone  
Statistical tolerance icon Statistical tolerance. Indicates tolerances to related assembly components based on sound statistics.  
Continuous feature icon Continuous feature. Indicates when two or more interrupted features should be treated as a single feature  
Spot face icon Spot face. Indicates the surface to be spot faced.  
Translation icon Translation. Indicates that a datum feature simulator is not fixed at its basic location and shall be free to translate.