By Warren Baird-Oracle on Jul 14, 2015
I've seen more discussion lately about Model Based Enterprise (MBE) and Model Based Design, and I thought it might be useful to talk a little bit here about what it is. I'm going to start out with an overview of what MBE is today, and we'll talk about the role AutoVue plays in a future post.
Traditionally a lot of organizations have used 2D drawings to define the formal requirements of their products, and to drive communication with suppliers and partners - even when the design processes were done in 3d. A lot of internal processes such as manufacturing and maintenance were also driven from 2D drawings. This required engineers to develop both 2D drawings and 3D models for their products, which is complicated, and increases the cost pretty substantially.
Model Based Enterprise is the idea of driving all of these processes and communication directly from the 3D models. This seems like a pretty great idea, so perhaps the question is: why isn't everyone doing it already? There are a number of challenges to this however - the first is ensuring that all of the information people need can really be captured in the 3D models in a way that it can be shared internally. In many orgs the manufacturing and maintenance people are pretty used to getting what they need as 2d drawings printed on paper - transitioning to providing them with a 3D model in digital form, and training them on how to use that, can be quite expensive.
There are a few general approaches to MBE - one common approach is to pick a relatively rich 3D CAD format such as Creo, and use the native CAD data as the model that is the basis for everything. Another approach is to go with a neutral format that can maintain both the 3D model and all associated data, such as JT or 3D PDF.
In both cases, it's critical to provide a simple, easy to use way to let everyone in the organization get access to the 3D data that they need - which is where AutoVue comes into the picture... But we'll talk more about that the future.
For more information on MBE - check out http://model-based-enterprise.org/