This is an excerpt (oh god, I have trouble spelling that. I hope it’ not symptomatic of my lower than average IQ haha) from a book chapter on GD&T that was written by Walter M. Stites and Paul Drake, P.E.:
As I was browsing through the TOC for something related to work, my interest was piqued when I saw the phrase “instant GD&T”. Maybe it’s just me but the phrase absolutely screams of sarcasm, indignation and disgust. Turns out suspicion was right.
Just a brief background to understand the joke of it: Y14.5 is some industrial standard used for GD&T. On first glance it feels a lot like some promo speech, why we should buy the book instead of following Y14.5.
I think this is part of the (if not the main) clash between academia and industry. The gist of the so-called clash basically hinges on time and money. Admittedly, precision is compromised, to a certain extent, in industrial application because often, time and money are tight. Maybe the academia are right in saying that in the long run, compromising precision may waste even more time and money than what the industries may think. So there’s a balance to be sought.
This reminds me of my final year thesis when the examiner questioned me as to why I’m repeating the study that has been conducted by the company. (I hope that my cloak of anonymity works!) I confess that I used the same reason just as an excuse to have some form of research to do. But that’s just me :p
I especially can’t get pass the word ‘quasi-GD&T’ (LOL).