Tolerancing: Managing uncertainty from conceptual design to final product
Journal article, 2018

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.


Edward Morse

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jean Yves Dantan

Arts et Metiers ParisTech

Nabil Anwer

University Paris-Saclay

Rikard Söderberg

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science

Giovanni Moroni

Polytechnic University of Milan

Ahmed Qureshi

University of Alberta

Xiangqian Jiang

University of Huddersfield

Luc Mathieu

University Paris-Saclay

CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology

0007-8506 (ISSN) 17260604 (eISSN)

Vol. 67 2 695-717

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering




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