What a great three months!
Over the past three months I have received an education in 3D PDF due to trade shows that I have attended. The first show that I attended, Global Product Data Interoperability Summit (GPDIS) 2015, was an excellent show where I got to meet many 3D PDF Consortium members for the first time. The sessions were very informative and give me a good indication that 3D PDF is being well received in the technical community.
In the last few days of October and early November, I attended the PLM Road Map 2015 for the Aerospace & Defense Industry Featuring 3D CIC. A wide range of speakers gave excellent presentations on the Digital Thread, PLM, MBD, MBE, and Technical Data Packages. The presentation that was most meaningful for me was given by Joed Dougherty of The Boeing Company. To find out how Boeing has embraced 3D PDF, see the entire presentation in the Presentations section of our website, or click here.
At the third trade show in as many months, I found out how well 3D PDF is being received at the Department of Defense (DoD), among all defense-related organizations and specifically, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). I found out that the DLA has been testing 3D PDF as a Technical Data Package (TDP) delivery mechanism and is currently on a path in that direction. Part of the explanation for the acceptance is a report written by LMI. I was also excited to discuss the 3D PDF consortium with Brigadier General Allan Day, the head of DLA-Aviation. He was especially pleased to see tha 3D PDF Consortium members have developed applications that can convert 3D PDF files to STL and vice versa. For more on the LMI report, please click here.
The future looks very bright for 3D PDF to make a significant contribution to the efficiency in the creation, distribution and accessibility of TDP’s of all sorts and I am thrilled to be a part of the action.