3D PDF Consortium Elects New Officers

The 3D PDF Consortium has started 2016 by electing a new team of officers. Thanks and congratulations to the following: John Sperling, Aras Corporation – President Peter Pfalzgraf, PROSTEP AG – Vice President Dave Opsahl, Tech Soft 3D – Treasurer Stephen Collins, Anark Corporation – Secretary We have many activities and events planned for the upcoming year, including 3D JavaScript training, ISO standards work and attending conferences such as ACE (Aras Customer Event), MBE Summit, COE, GPDIS, DMC, and others. With the guidance of our new officers, we are committed to making this the best year ever for the 3D PDF...

Joining the 3D PDF Consortium is of Great Value

As I talk to companies that use 3D PDF, I find many users in the supply chain consider it the best thing since the invention of CAD.  Finally, technical CAD information can be shared with all members of the enterprise that do not have CAD at a very, very low cost. The feedback I get from companies that are embracing 3D PDF as a major part of their MBE strategy is they get a lot of assistance from the Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) that are members of the 3D PDF Consortium.   That’s great and it makes implementation of MBE easier and less costly. While I agree that our members contribute to successful implementations of 3D PDF strategies, I think large companies could save even more money by becoming members of the 3D PDF Consortium so they would have direct contact with experienced end users who have benefited by being members. For example, General Electric Power considers being a consortium member an important part of their MBE strategy because it has an Implementor Forum.  According to Kena Yokoyama: “We went to production with 3D-PDF pretty quickly at GE Power and wanted to make sure we weren’t charting completely independent waters. Having a forum to benchmark our processes in defining our product data and consuming it downstream and a way to influence the quality and speed of 3D-PDF development is critical to our journey with Model Based Enterprise. The 3D-PDF Consortium can be that avenue to benchmark and develop that stronger, collective voice.” And Boeing, one of the founding members of the consortium, has stated the following: “3D PDF is a...