Slip Fit Tolerances and Geometry
Written by
Christian Brown

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May 12, 2017
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We’ve explored interference fits and all their design limitations, but dowel pins have another application: slip fits. While interference fits create tight assembly tolerances, slip fits are just the opposite: They can easily give you a self-locating assembly, making manufacturing easier when needing close alignment. Want to know more? Check out our latest post on the Hardware Guide!

Slip fit pins allow separation of the locating requirements from bolts.
Slip fit pins allow separation of the locating requirements from bolts.

The post covers slip fit basics, and then addresses more complex topics, such as:

  • Letting go of traditional tolerancing
  • Slip fits and GD&T
  • Geometry and slip fits
  • Adding a dowel to your design

Slip fits are a great option when bolts are just too sloppy. Learn about the required tolerances and applications for slip fits from our latest Hardware Guide post.

Written by
Christian Brown
Design engineer & entrepreneur, passionate about technical challenges, great design and extended travel. Currently riding a motorcycle from Alaska to Argentina.
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