Hello everyone, welcome to our NPTEL online certification courses on Engineering Drawing and
Graphics Computer Graphics. I am Rajaram from IIT Kharagpur, welcome to our lecture number 4. In
lecture 3, we try to look at basic dimensions of a technical drawing and the layout of a drawing sheet, and
we have ended the lecture 3 with basic dimensions and their terminology.
(Refer Slide Time: 00:12)
For that, we have taken an example of a drawing to try to learn about the basic dimensions, the dimension
line, the termination symbols in terms of arrows and extension lines, radius symbol in terms of R and its
dimension, if a diameter is involved denoted by phi and diameter is this entire thing and its symbol. If
there are any centre lines with, long dash, dot and dash, a long dash, followed by a short dash, followed
by a long dash and also, we learned about how to represents reference dimension.
(Refer Slide Time: 02:16)
In this lecture, we will learn about basic units of dimensions to be used for a technical drawing. In
American practice, it will be in terms of inches, decimal inches, fractional inches, feet and fractional
inches are used. For Indian standards, Bureau of Indian Standards, we use SI units or precisely speaking,
we use millimetres.
(Refer Slide Time: 03:00)
For drawings, SI or metric units precisely speaking millimetres we represent. Usually, technical drawings
always consist of it takes mentioning all dimensions are in mm, such kind of text we usually incorporate
for drawings without ah mentioning mm everywhere of the drawing, we just represent the numbers like
1.25 without mentioning any basic unit, but it is a common practice to represent in the drawing sheet all
dimensions are in mm.
If we are using the metric system, for anything the dimension we put leading 0, if it is inches we do not
put. For example, I would like to represent something like 0.50 units. This leading 0, we show it in the
metric system, if it is inches, it will be just .50. Whenever we are looking at the drawings drawing sheets,
if something like the basic dimensions represented .5, then it should be noted that it is in inch system. If it
is 0.50, it is a metric system.
(Refer Slide Time: 04:55)
So, as I said units are not included with each dimension, specify the units used with a note on the drawing
as unless otherwise specified, all dimensions are in mm. This is one kind of template to represent units.
(Refer Slide Time: 05:28)
Let us understand dimensions and units using an example for a plane figure. Here we have a staircase
drawing; for example, this is the staircase given as a drawing.
(Refer Slide Time: 06:12)
In this drawing, there are dimensions something represented from here to here whatever that length is
available representing by a line, arrowheads and number 5.25 one of the basic dimensions. From here to
here whatever length is there that’s represented by 4 units. From here to here that line is 2.75.
Note that, we are showing these dimensions outside of the object outside not inside something like we are
not mentioning it something like this is 5.25 this is a wrong practice, you have to mention any dimension
outside of the object like this.
(Refer Slide Time: 07:41)
Similarly, from here to here also we are showing outside and here to here also outside. Further note that,
the lowest dimension mentioned inside further increase in dimension value outside and further outside the
(Refer Slide Time: 08:26)
Let us also look at here, similarly let us look at that; let us look at that. So, the inside details we can show
even this dimension as this one also as long as minimum 10 mm length we can maintain it. So, that a
nicely a continuous line with arrowheads we can draw it if that gap is less, then it is not a recommended
practice to show it inside instead of that, we show it from outside this is the lowest dimension 0.75.
(Refer Slide Time: 08:53)
The next one is from here to here this height, the projection height vertical thing this is 1.5. From here to
here, that is 2.5.
(Refer Slide Time: 09:28)
This is the object what we are looking at is a stepped one, and the dimensions are these continuous lines
(Refer Slide Time: 09:55)
Instead of a plane object like a 2D object, if it is a cylindrical object, let us look at it. Here, we can see
that the object on the sheet looks like that with lines. Later lectures, we will understand how to construct
such kind of things, what exactly this entire object represents, but in this class, we will learn about
Here, if we are looking at that 3-dimensional perspective, basically it is a cylinder having steps, and that
is again followed by such kind of cylindrical object. These are the steps after turning operation if you are
using lathe machines - constructing such kind of turnings or steps is quite easy.
So, there are three cylinders connected or a single machine object, where you made a turning operation of
one radius or one diameter, another diameter and this one is another diameter. That one, if we are looking
at as a view as a 2D one either looking from this side or perhaps looking from that side or perhaps
looking from this side, we will be in a position to construct such kind of 2D object.
(Refer Slide Time: 12:18)
In this case, what we are trying to look at is from this view we are trying to look at. So, that this part is
this part and this part we are looking as this one and this part is that is rotated by 90 degrees object, that
one what we are trying to look at. So, it is a cylindrical one. That is the reason; we have these dash, long
dash, followed by a short dash, followed by a long dash, short dash and so on. This kind of lines we call
Whenever we see such kind of centre lines, that indicates that perhaps it might be a part of a cylinder. For
these cylindrical objects what we are showing is there is a step, for that there is a length of 1.75. So, with
respect to the base, we are showing all these dimensions.
(Refer Slide Time: 13:09)
Similar to our 2D objects, plane objects how we have followed smallest, medium and longest dimensions
we show it in that way, always a continuous line followed by this arrowheads terminating.
(Refer Slide Time: 13:49)
Now, because it is a cylindrical object, there are certain dimensions associated in this direction also. It is a
cylindrical object; usually, the diameters matter a lot.
(Refer Slide Time: 14:16)
Instead of showing the gap between step to step, what is that gap we are not showing, but what we are
showing is what is that diameter, what is the diameter for that step, what is the diameter for that step we
would like to show. So, the diameter for this object this cylindrical part what we have looked at earlier,
this one this diameter is 2 units. So, that is the thing what we are showing here; the symbol phi represents
(Refer Slide Time: 14:52)
The outside object, 3 units and the extreme one this is 4 units. So, the lowest dimension first comes, then
followed by medium and longest one.
(Refer Slide Time: 15:14)
If we have angles inclined portions, again one has to use standard terminology to denote these angles.
For example, let us look at this object is it a 2d object or 3d object like a cylindrical object because we do
not have any centre dashed lines, possibly it must be a planar object this is the one.
Here, with respect to this reference line, we are showing it as 2.5 units and from here to here, we are
going to show it as 4. One can also show this one as 4, but the standard practice of showing these
dimensions because this 2.5 anyway we have to show and it will be quite easy with respect to that
reference line, we can show these units like 4. It simplifies the drawing.
(Refer Slide Time: 16:42)
So, the standard practice is to show it on that side connected with this other dimension. There is nothing
wrong in showing this; however, this is not a standard practice.
(Refer Slide Time: 16:59)
Now, we have this length also has to be defined. So, that is what we are showing here as 1 unit 1.00. This
one we are showing as 2.5. One can also show it in this way, but the standard practices because anyway
we are showing one of the dimensions, it is always good to show the other dimension also required in the
same direction. So, this is the right way of representing the correct way.
(Refer Slide Time: 17:31)
Now, because it is an inclined cut section, we may require an angle. So, there are two ways to show these
angles. If we are strictly following Cartesian coordinates, it’s better to use just numbers without showing
any angular coordinate.
(Refer Slide Time: 18:14)
In the next example, we will see when we are going to represents those angles. These basic dimensions
2.5, 4.0 and this one, 0.25 are good enough to represent this incline portion. Because we are already
showing this 2.5 in this way, we don’t require any dimension here.
One has to follow it in a compact or minimalistic way of representing these dimensions. So, one has to
show all the dimensions required. These are the extra information if we are going to show it understands
practices to minimize these efforts. So, we can show this one also 4.0, anyway we are showing it on that
side so, this is not at all required dimension. Here we are showing 2.5 already so; this dimension is not at
all required in that way. So, this is the minimalistic way of representing this dimension.
(Refer Slide Time: 19:07)
For the same example, if I would like to use inclined angles. So, for the same object the 2.5, 4, but we do
not want to represent this height or length, instead of that what we are trying to do is this is having an
incline, incline with respect to this horizontal line. So, we are showing it as an inclined angle. So, we are
using this angular thing mentioning our 45.00 degrees. So, this is 45 degrees.
(Refer Slide Time: 19:59)
When we are showing that, already we know this dimension is 2.5, and the line has to be within 4.(0) - 4
units. So, if we are drawing a vertical line here and a unit of 2.5, whatever these leftover points, those
points has to be connected by 45 degrees that means, once I identify this 2.5 dimension from here to here
as a point then, I go ahead using my protractor with 45 degrees line and stop it when it is these vertical
line going to intersect. So, you draw 45 degrees using protractor as a thin line, then project this vertical
line so, wherever it intersects, that angle we are going to show as 45 degrees.
(Refer Slide Time: 21:15)
Sometimes, we have small portions named chamfers. If we are taking any objects, these objects may not
have very sharp corners something like if we have, for example, I would like to have a table edge. These
corners preferably better to avoid them so, for their purpose, either we use cut kind of sections that is
what we call chamfering. We see sometimes rounded corners also that is not chamfering, but we will
learn about that during our technical course.
So, whenever we have that kind of small cuts, we call these are chamfering. For example, like you want
to make cylindrical objects, but we cannot straight away jump into this kind of portion like a perfect
vertical cut and jump there instead of that, we gradually use our machine tool and then go ahead construct
that. So, that kind of corners we always see, that is what we call chamfering.
(Refer Slide Time: 22:55)
So, because it is a chamfer, we are showing 45 degrees, for example, and that is from that chamfer to this
reference base, this is the reference base. So, that angle what we are showing as 45 degrees. Because it is
a cylindrical object that is the reason we have a dash-dot line.
(Refer Slide Time: 23:11)
And this chamfering is not just 45 degrees one has to go, but how far we have to go thus, we are
representing 0.25. Whenever you have available long dimensions, we show it like over that.
(Refer Slide Time: 24:05)
But whenever that space is not there congested instead of that what we use is this kind of dimension. So,
this point to that point, this projector length is 0.25.
(Refer Slide Time: 24:20)
If there are arcs involved in that, one has to be careful in showing these dimensions. For example, you
have a room floor where edges are slightly corner. Because there is material on this side, this is the room
air, and this is the room material, these are the edges. So, whenever material is there, we show it by this
kind of hash lines. This indicates that material is there, and there is no material on this side.
For example, when you have a cut sections object, for example, let us take a rectangular block 3D one; it
can be a box, iron box, solid block. So, inside everywhere material is there. Now I want to slice it on that
frame. So, if I want to cut it into two parts separate them this is one part, and the other part is this back
one let us call B part, the front one is A. If I want to show B part, we show it by this kind of hashes
because it is something like material is available there, we are showing by hash and material is not there
so, we are not showing any hash.
(Refer Slide Time: 26:15)
However, we have a radius of 6 units and its radius because of this R symbol. So, whenever these
radiuses are there, we have to show it in that way. It can be 6 units; it can be 10 units whatever the units
we go ahead.
(Refer Slide Time: 26:38)
Here is another example we have radius R19. These are holes involved, and perhaps it might be going
into a cylindrical shape that is a reason we have this dash-dot kind of lines. Whenever this kind of curves
is there, we show it by radius.
(Refer Slide Time: 27:11)
These dimensions supposed to be in detail, one has to show. For example, here we are taking a drawing
an example drawing sheet where an object is mentioned, the title block perhaps the material is present
there that is the reason this hashing is done and the intricate details we would like to show.
(Refer Slide Time: 27:51)
For example, let us look at this one this small red one, that one extensively we are showing it at sides the
side of this drawing sheet. So, we want to mention those intricate dimensions also that is the reason we
are showing it as a separate one with clear cut dimensioning it is having R of 0.05 units, and that is what
we call detail dimensions, any intricate things which we would like to specifically show, then a separate
thing like rounding it off into circle and show it.
(Refer Slide Time: 28:29)
And the other basic dimensions, what we can see is here this. Because it is a cylindrical object, so we
have a diameter as dimension and so on.
(Refer Slide Time: 28:41)
Few rules to show these dimensions, let us look at a schematic where L, S and so on dimensions are
shown some continuous line, some dash-dot lines, some dashed lines that mean, there is a hole.
So, size S dimensions are used to define length, width, height, the diameter of circles, radius of arcs and
so on, so things. For example, let us look at S, S again S, S so; these are the main dimensions one uses. If
there is something like position dimensions with respect to position dimensions, locate L the centre of
circles under the key features. Let us look at this position dimensions L. So, this whole centre is at that L
units. This hole is at a location of L in this direction. The basic dimensions are always the diameter of that
circle or hole is phi S, the length is S, this length complete length is S, this complete length is S and so on,
(Refer Slide Time: 30:07)
But whenever I would like to show position dimension with respect to a certain base, there is some centre
we will show it in that way. And like I said, we do not repeat the same dimensions every time. So, the
minimalistic way one has to show these dimensions.
(Refer Slide Time: 30:31)
Few rules, dimension the feature in a view where its characteristic shape is shown. So, the main features
have to be conveyed through these dimensions. English parts are dimensioned in mm with decimals, not
fractions. Metric parts are dimensioned in mm with decimals. Units are omitted from the dimension
numbers since they are normally understood to be in millimetres. So, we said like all dimensions are in
mm that kind of standard protocol we will use, instead of writing 1.0 mm. Always leave at least 10 mm
between the object and the first row of dimensions.
(Refer Slide Time: 31:30)
Let us look at another example. Here we have an object, where the dimensions are mentioned. You place
dimensions outside of the view except for large circles. So, all the dimensions are mentioned here on the
outside. At least 10 mm from the view has to be maintained, kind of thing.
Place longer dimensions outside the shorter ones; longer dimensions outside the shorter ones. Place the
dimension text between the dimensionless in standard practice you use in between that. In certain cases, it
is also allowed to mention dimension above the line that is another style of representing. Use arrowheads
at the end of the dimensions, arrowheads one has to use.
(Refer Slide Time: 32:54)
Let us close this a session with the last example. Here, I am showing you two pictures, two different
pictures A and B, which one is the correct way of representation. Let us look at picture A and picture B.
Picture B is the wrong way of representation when compared to picture A why?
(Refer Slide Time: 33:41)
Let us recall our discussed rules. The rule it is breaking, one should not show dimensions inside of that
object that is a wrong thing and the minimum 1-millimetre gap from the ah 10-millimetre gap one has to
use from the object, in this case, these are followed because the object is in this level. So, these
dimensions are away from that object, but here the dimensions are within the object. So, this is a wrong
So, in today’s class, we tried to look at dimensions, how to represents them and for cylindrical objects
and also planar objects, what are the few rules involved for this dimensioning we tried to look at. In the
next class, we will learn more about tolerances and where we use these tolerances, why they are
Thank you very much.
Log in to save your progress and obtain a certificate in Alison’s free Diploma in Engineering Drawing and Computer Graphics online course
Sign up to save your progress and obtain a certificate in Alison’s free Diploma in Engineering Drawing and Computer Graphics online course
Please enter you email address and we will mail you a link to reset your password.