3D PDF Implementor Forum Survey

The 3D PDF Consortium has created an Implementor Forum to provide a neutral testing environment to ensure that 3D PDF continues to meet the needs of the Model Based Enterprise (MBE). The 3D PDF Implementor Forum (3DPDF-IF) develops two test rounds per year where participants are provided with a set of reference CAD data files that they convert to 3D PDF.  These 3D PDF files are then validated against the original CAD data to ensure that the data presented in the PDF file is equivalent to the data in the original CAD model.  The results of each test round are used as input for best practices and feedback to the ISO working groups for 3D PDF standards (PDF, PDF/E, PRC and ECMAscript). So that we can better understand the current state and needs of the Model Base Enterprise (MBE), the Industy Committee of the 3D PDF Consortium has created an on-line survey to gather feedback on what funcationlity should be tested in the upcoming 2014b test round. The survey is open to anyone in the engineering, manufacturing or AEC industries. è To take the survey please go to: ...

MBE: What’s it all about?

Chances are you have heard talk around the water cooler about MBE, and thought – what’s up with that? This is the first in a series of blogs that will answer that question. What is MBE? The acronym MBE gets people confused. It sometimes refers to model-based engineering, which deals with design practices. More frequently it is coming to mean model-based enterprise, a term which was arguably coined by the U.S. Department of Defense. Here’s the way their website defines the model-based enterprise: “Model Based Enterprise (MBE) is a digital tapestry which has been optimized around a core set of annotated product models enabling rapid, seamless, and affordable deployment of products from concept to disposal.” A key phrase in this definition is “a core set of annotated product models.” These annotated product models are often referred to as model-based definition, or MBD, which simply means that all of the information needed to properly manufacture a product is contained within that 3D model set. A common misconception about MBE is that it is a “binary condition,” meaning that either the organization has achieved it, or it hasn’t. It is much more accurate to think of MBE as being similar to what the term product lifecycle management, or PLM, has come to mean. It is a business strategy for achieving higher levels of profitability through continuous process improvement. A company that is implementing a model-based enterprise strategy will be striving to accomplish the following: Through MBD practices, fully detail the 3D model(s) of the product(s) with all of the necessary product manufacturing information (PMI) needed to make the product. Eliminate the...

tetra4D Releases 3D PDF Converter 4.1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE tetra4D Releases 3D PDF Converter Version 4.1 Latest software release contains powerful enhancements for democratizing 3D data Bend, OR, USA – March 31, 2014 – tetra4D, a division of Tech Soft 3D, today announces the latest release of 3D PDF Converter,  a powerful solution  for creating 3D-based documents to support Model Based Definition (MBD). Customers can immediately take advantage of the most significant upgrade to the industry-leading software for democratizing 3D data yet delivered. This release is the result of many developer-years spent incorporating several hundred changes including new features, customer requests, and updated support for various 3D formats. New support has been added for Autodesk® Inventor® 2014, CATIA V5-6R2013 (R23), Rhino 4.5, Solid Edge ST6, SolidWorks 2014, and NX 9.0, among others. More details can be found in the Release Notes available on www.tetra4d.com Customers on active maintenance and support receive this upgrade for free. Those customers without active maintenance contracts should contact their reseller partner to request upgrade pricing, or contact us at sales@tetra4d.com“> sales@tetra4d.com “This release of 3D PDF Converter has significant advantages for anyone who needs to adhere to ASME Y14.41 and other PMI standards,” says Bryan R. Fischer, President of Advanced Dimensional Management LLC and MBD360 LLC. “It will now be possible for organizations of any size to leverage 3D PDF for dynamic 3D annotation with visual feedback, without the need for traditional 2D drawings. This significantly reduces costs and complexity, and increases the communication index of the dataset. The dataset provides information in a manner that is an order of magnitude easier to understand.” “We are very pleased to announce...

3DAPPS Releases New Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3D PDF Consortium Member 3D APPS Announces New Products Intratech Subsidiary Releases Three New Innovative Products for 3D PDF Sisters, OR, USA – March 26, 2014 – 3D APPS LLC, a subsidiary of Koren technology company Intratech and 3D PDF Consortium member company, announced today the release of not one, but three new apps for working with 3D PDF files. These three new programs, available immediately, are the first released from the newly established division located in Irvine, CA. The first of these new applications is targeted to the users of the Autodesk Navisworks application for plant design and heavy construction. The 3D APPS 3D PDF Exporter for Navisworks works within the native application selected portions or entire models from Navisworks to 3D PDF, as well as allowing other data such as clash detection and property information to be included. For users of Integraphs’ PDMS application, 3DAPPS Exchange for RVM to 3DPDF application allows the PDMS users to convert RVM files into 3D PDF without the need to make use of the PDMS software itself. Entire designs or selected portions can be published into a single 3D PDF which can also include the hierarchy of the design, object properties and other data. While many developers have focused only on how to generate 3D PDF from native models, 3D APPS LLC has taken a very innovative approach by releasing an app that consumes 3D PDF files to support design reviews and project management. 3DAPPS Exchange for 3D PDF to NWC/DWF software takes 3D PDF’s generated from any design application and will create a NWC or DWF file...

New White Paper – Visualization vs.Communication

Is “visualization” not providing you with the benefits you need? It has become common to use the term “visualization” to describe the process where a Model-Based Definition (MBD), is “leveraged” by providing a lightweight version of the original data for use in a variety of job roles, typically – but not always – “downstream” of engineering. While some organizations have determined how to extract value from this, the fact is that most organizations soon discover that to truly leverage the MBD data, more than the geometry and certain labels, such as GD&T in manufacturing, has to be provided to the downstream user, and that this data usually is different for different job roles. The purpose of this white paper is to make the case that visualization is important, and when applied to those use cases where it fits best, is a necessary part of a model based engineering (MBE) strategy. However, it does not address a large number of use cases, and here something we call “communication” becomes highly relevant, even critical, to a successful MBE strategy. Check out the white paper in the Resources section to find out...