It is composed of non-geometric information that describes a design, including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing symbols, surface finish symbols, material and procedural information for e. At the heart of MBD is the idea of dimensioning features and 3D geometry instead of flattened lines, arcs or circles and Solid Edge has a tab on the ribbon bar dedicated to PMI which hosts an entire gamut of tools required to fully define a 3D model.
This prepares and gets you ready to embrace the MBD movement which is fast gaining momentum across industries. Creation The Smart Dimension is a multi-purpose command. It can place dimensions in 3D space. The Smart Dimension can pick 3D edges on the models and also feature faces as shown in the animation below. The Smart Dimension tool works equally well on imported dumb geometry.
Note that this being 3D space, the N key plays and important role in orienting the placed dimension in various orientations. Solid Edge also helps by auto-orienting the dimension when you change the view which is also illustrated in the later part of the GIF above.
Additionally, any planar face or reference plane can be used to lock the dimension in that plane. This option is available on the Command Bar of the Smart Dimension command. Section Views can also be created. Delivery — Although the PDF format has fast and convincingly established itself as the de facto standard for document sharing including 3D CAD formats, it is important to remember that Solid Edge also has its own SEV format which is ideal for viewing on a mobile device.
The MBD creation stage is a means to an end and not an end in itself. It further needs to be delivered across various segments of the organization for consumption, most importantly in manufacturing and inspection. When used for viewing, the Adobe Acrobat Reader XI furnishes a mind-boggling set of tools and features for viewing, measuring and manipulating the 3D model. Right off the bat, right-click in an empty space inside the PDF and from the context menu ask to show the toolbar.
On the toolbar, click the Toggle Model Tree button to display the side bar. This completes the process of opening up access to all facilities that the Adobe reader has for 3D model viewing and manipulation.
These together form the meaty part of the entire MBD handling withing the viewer. Together these help organize the rich MBD data into clean and structured 3D presentations with different view and display settings. Nothing can match the convenience of a hand-held mobile device which is both robust and can be used easily in a treacherous environment like the production floor. Siemens PLM has worked closely with Microsoft in this area to amalgamate the best of hardware and cutting edge software for use in the CAD domain.
This benefits MBD immensely. No paper drawings spread all over, no clutter, just fast and easy design data dissemination and subsequent production. At the very least Solid Edge provides a brilliant set of Data Management commands which are inbuilt into the product.
Once again an entire tab on the ribbon bar is dedicated for this purpose. If you have been managing drawings this way, it will take care of your MBD enabled documents equally well. No breaking traditions here. Before we conclude, it is also important to note that MBD is not strictly 3D-only.
There are organizations who have taken a middle path of including both the 3D model and its associated 2D drawing for various reasons that are unique to their requirements. This means you can really put the intelligence in the model if you like — if you put in tolerance in the model and treat it as the master and later change the tolerance, the dimension in the draft will update. Epilog — It is evident that Siemens PLM has left no stone unturned in building up an entire ecosystem that will facilitate rolling out MBD in your organization by way of providing all the necessary tools for its creation, delivery, enabling and lifecycle management.
Be it a paperless initiative or a contractual obligation, the time to embrace MBD is now.
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