Straightness and Parallelism Tolerance Table: A Comprehensive Guide for Machinists and Engineers

1. General Tolerance Concept

1.1. General tolerance refers to the tolerance that can be guaranteed under normal workshop conditions. For dimensions with general tolerances, it is not necessary to annotate their limit deviation values after the dimension. Instead, it should be explained in the drawing, technical requirements, or technical documents (such as enterprise standards) etc.

1.2. General tolerances can be applied to geometric elements such as linear dimensions, angle dimensions, shape, and position.

2. Tolerance Grades and Limit Deviation Values for Metal Cutting Machined Parts and Stamped Parts (excerpt from GB/T 1804-2000)

2.1. Tolerance grades and limit deviation value table

Table 1 – Limit deviation values for linear dimensions (mm)

Tolerance Grades: Basic Dimension Segmentation
Precision f ±0.05±0.05±0.1±0.15±0.2±0.3±0.5
Medium m ±0.1±0.1±0.2±0.3±0.5±0.8±1.2±2
Rough c ±0.2±0.3±0.5±0.8±1.2±2±3±4
Coarsest v ±0.5±1±1.5±2.5±4±6±8

Table 2 – Limit deviation values for fillet radii and chamfer heights dimensions (mm)

Tolerance Grades: Basic Dimension Segmentation
Precision f ±0.2±0.5±1±2
Medium m 
Rough c ±0.4±1±2±4
Coarsest v 

Table 3 – Limit Deviation Values for Angle Dimensions (mm)

Tolerance Grades: Basic Dimension Segmentation
Precision f ±1°±30′±20′±10′±5′
Medium m 
Rough c ±1°30′±1°±30′±15′±10′
Coarsest v ±3°±2°±1°±30′±20′

2.2. Notation Style: For example, when selecting medium grade, it shall be marked as GB/T 1804-m. Our company generally selects the m level and does not need to be marked. Other precision levels should be marked on the drawing.

3. General Size Tolerance and Positional Tolerance for Welded Structures (excerpt from GB/T 19804-2005)

3.1. Length dimensions.

The limit deviation values for length dimensions listed in Table 4 are applicable to the length dimensions of welded parts and welded components, such as external dimensions, internal dimensions, step dimensions, width and center distance dimensions, etc. Our company generally selects Grade A and does not need to be marked. Other precision levels should be marked on the drawing.

Table 4 – Linear Dimension Tolerances (mm)

Tolerance GradeNominal Dimension

3.2. Angle Dimension Tolerance

The limit deviation of the angle is according to Table 5. The nominal dimension of the angle deviation is based on the short edge as the reference edge, and its length is calculated from the reference point indicated on the drawing, as shown in Figure 1 to Figure 5.

If the angle is not annotated on the drawing, but only the length dimension is annotated, the allowable deviation should be in mm/m.

Our company generally selects Grade A and does not need to be marked. Other precision levels should be marked on the drawing.

Table 5 – Angle Dimension Tolerance   

Tolerance GradeNominal Dimension
Tolerance Expressed in Angle
Tolerance Expressed in Length

3.3. Positional Tolerances of Welded Components.

The tolerance for straightness, flatness, and parallelism not marked on the welded component shall be in accordance with the provisions of Table 6. Our company generally selects Grade E and does not need to be marked on the drawing. For other levels, they should be marked on the drawing.

Table 6 – Tolerance for Straightness, Flatness, and Parallelism (mm)

Tolerance GradeNominal Dimension (corresponding to the longer side of the surface)

3.4. The selection of dimensional and positional tolerance grades for welded components is shown in Table 7.

Table 7

Accuracy GradeScope of Application
Linear DimensionPositional Tolerance
AEWelded components with high dimensional accuracy requirements and importance.
BFRelatively important structures produced in batches with small thermal deformation caused by welding and straightening.
CGGeneral structures such as box structures with large thermal deformation caused by welding and straightening.
DHStructural components that allow for larger deviations.

4. Dimensional Tolerance for Castings (excerpt from GB/T 6414-1999)

4.1. The dimensional tolerance for castings specified in this standard refers to the tolerance that should be achieved under normal production conditions.

4.2. The numerical values of the dimensional tolerances for castings shall comply with the provisions of Table 8; the tolerance grade shall be selected according to the provisions of Table 9.

Table 8 – Numerical Values of Dimensional Tolerances for Castings (mm)

Casting blankBasic DimensionTolerance Grade
25004000   46.291217243038
40006300    7101420283540
630010000     111623324050


① The basic dimensions of the casting refer to the dimensions given on the drawing and should include machining allowances and draft angles.

② For castings with basic dimensions less than or equal to 16mm, CT12 tolerance values ​​are selected for CT13 to CT15 grades.

Table 9 Casting Dimension Tolerance Grades    CT

Batch and Mass Production.Small Batch and Single Piece Production.
Manufacturing Methods:Tolerance GradeMolding MaterialTolerance Grade
Manual sand casting11~13Dry and Wet Sand13~15
Machine sand casting and shell molding8~10Self-hardening Sand11~13
Metal casting7~9  
Low-pressure casting7~9  
Investment casting5~7 

4.3. The tolerance zone should have a symmetrical distribution, that is, half of the tolerance should be positive and the other half should be negative.

However, in special requirements, an asymmetric setting may also be used, which should be indicated on the drawing or technical document.

The casting tolerance grade should be indicated on the drawing or relevant technical document. If not specified, all castings will be executed according to CT11 grade.

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