Among many manufacturers, there are lots of questions about Model Based Enterprise initiatives. Embedding Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) in 3D models to create 3D and 2D engineering documentation seems logically advantageous, but many still don't understand how such deliverables are created and consumed. This eBook provides education in that domain. It highlights the standards that now require embedded PMI, how such deliverables can be created and utilized as well as how such an initiative can affect an organization's performance.

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For engineering executives and managers, this eBook provides an educational background on Model Based Enterprise initiatives and the value that can be gained by embedded Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) into 3D models. For technical engineering leaders, it provides insight into what set of technologies are required for such initiatives.


Over a decade ago, a progressive new vision for the handoff between engineering and manufacturing was defined. It was simple, yet grand. Instead of releasing a drawing, engineering would provide a fully detailed 3D model that manufacturing would use to produce the product. The advantages were self-evident. By using an unambiguously documented 3D definition of the product, manufacturing could reduce errors and delays associated with misinterpreted drawings. Furthermore, by eliminating the effort to create 2D documentation, engineers would recoup much needed time to keep up with tight schedules. Ten years later, the handoff between engineering and manufacturing has yet to be transformed. And there have been many missteps. It’s yet to be easy enough to create annotated models or for the casual user to interrogate them. There have been misguided attempts to deploy computers to the shop floor. The most important mistake, made by too many, was to think it just about the technology and underestimate the importance of culture change.