Tips for Getting Model-Based Definition Underway in a Large Company
by Monica Simon | December 19, 2016 | CAD Software Blog | PTC
Ken Abbott, Global CAD Tools Leader – Drilling & Surface for GE
What Is Model-Based Definition?
If you’re not familiar with MBD, it’s the practice of using 3D models within CAD software to define individual components and product assemblies. So the model may include details such as geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), assembly level bills of materials, design intent, etc.
Bringing MBD in House
What’s all that mean to Abbott? “For the last two years, I have been involved with helping to drive my company to a full digital platform using a virtual environment from concept to end of life,” he says. When we spoke to him, the company was making progress, but they thought they could do better.
Tips from Fellow Engineers
It turns out Raytheon has been implementing MBD too. Best of all, by last June, some of its technologists were willing to share what they had learned. At PTC Live Global (now LiveWorx), the Raytheon team presented this session called “Transition to a MBD Culture.”
Adoption goes smoother with a two-part approach, argued the Raytheon team. The first stage consists of small-scale projects that are designed to demonstrate return on investment. In this stage, evangelists who believe strongly in the project can play a leading role. As these projects become successful, the business value that has been demonstrated should take the forefront as the organization moves forward into the second stage, a large-scale implementation.
Download the Free eBook
MBD is quickly becoming the preferred approach to design as many of the hurdles to creating a single source authority model for every stage of product development are falling away. To learn more about model-based definition, check out the free eBook from PTC. You’ll find out more about the limits of 2D drawings, how MBD simplifies complexity, and where to get started. Download your copy today.