Please implement ASME Y14.41 into the 3D modeling environment. Specifically, GD&T annotations. There used to be a Labs technology preview, but what happpened to that? Weld symbols seem to work well, why not build on that?
Here is a good article on MBD (Model Based Definition) that provides a good explanation on the benefit of embedding GD&T. The end game of course is a leaner, more tightly integrated, design and inspection process.
Model Based Definitions
This is the future Autodesk..
Whatever you want to call it...
IDW/DWG should be like Sanskrit.. A "dead" language.. STOP FOCUSING ON IDW/DWG IMPROVEMENTS.. Its simply a waste of time at this point.. Any focus in the idw/dwg area should ALL be directed away from 2d drawings and into implementing "model based definition" or 3d PMI..
Down with idw files.. walk the plank...
As much as I'd like paper to go away the need for 2D prints isn't going to go away for a long time. Especially for Welded IAMs and Assemblies (i.e. Products created with manual labor). Any parts prgrammed and createded by machines, I agree. Let the computers do the communication.
We stay away from GD&T due to the complexity and the training it would take on the floor, and we do a good job detailing it to get the intent across.
As for keeping GD&T out of the IDW environment, we don't have a need for it so I wouldn't have an issue with keeping it out.
At this time we still have a fear of putting an electronic device next to a welder to view prints, just don't think they'll last too long in that environment.
Don't kill the IDW quite yet. Thanks
I agree with both points mcgyvr and mikeh are making. 2D prints will never go away and the drawing environment should improve as needed. That said, from what I've seen with some MBD/PMI examples out there, the 2D print is a by-product of the MBD/PMI 3D model.
The ability to open a MBD pdf file with all the 2D views and then rotate the 3D model and select a dimension that hi-lights all the associated features is a POWERFUL communications advantage.
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