Digging Into “Managed Model Based 3D Engineering”

Application Protocols (AP) are still gaining traction in the 3D modeling universe. A project funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) took a closer look at using AP 242, or Managed Model Based 3D Engineering, to drive product manufacturing and inspection efficiencies.

Phil Rosche of ICF International will discuss details of the AP 242 project at the Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (CIC) in Washington, DC on October 29, 2015.

CIC Registration and Agenda Info: http://www.cimdata.com/en/education/plm-conferences/2015-plmrm-ad-cic/2015-plmrm-ad-cic-about-cic

Managed Model-Based Engineering (MBE) enabled by STEP AP242

Managed Model-Based Engineering (MBE) enabled by STEP AP242

Presentation Title: The Impact of Standards-Based Interoperability (STEP AP 242 and PMI) to Enable the Supply Chain


  • Application Protocols being implemented
  • Product manufacturing and inspection using STEP AP 242
  • AP 242 project metrics


The ISO 10303 “STEP” standard provided great promise to industry in the form of a suite of integrated data models, or Application Protocols (APs), to meet their requirements. To date, only three of these (AP 203 – Configuration Controlled Design, AP 214 – Core Data for Automotive Mechanical Design Processes, and AP 242 – Managed Model Based 3D Engineering) have been widely implemented in commercial products. The scope of these implementations has been for CAD-to-CAD data exchange and archival.

Industry would like to more become “model centric” but the majority of the OEMs in the U.S. still provide their suppliers with drawings to manufacture and inspect parts.

A NIST Engineering Laboratory funded project provided interesting metrics on driving product manufacturing and inspection using STEP AP 242 with embedded Product Manufacturing Information (PMI). The objectives of this project were to:

  • Significantly reduce and/or eliminate re-creation of part-design data,
  • Reduce cycle time and cost,
  • Provide less risk of downstream error introduction,
  • Increase part yield, and
  • Provide higher quality products, the first time.

Project approach, issues and gaps encountered, and metrics that support the project objectives will be presented.


The Collaboration and Interoperability Congress will focus on topics by real users of MBD or MBE with the theme of “Enabling the Model-Based Enterprise (MBE).” To learn more, please click here.


About Phil Rosche….

Phil Rosche

Phil Rosche is a Senior Associate with ICF International with nearly 30 years experience in manufacturing for global Original Equipment Manufacturers and small enterprises, standards development and implementation for enterprise integration, and systems interoperability testing. Mr. Rosche received his BSBA from Christopher Newport College. Mr. Rosche leads high visibility and payback research and development programs and projects for US federal government and commercial clients including NIST, DoD, GSA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, General Motors, and Ford. Mr. Rosche won the prestigious Brad Rigdon Technical Management Award for his leadership of the CAx-IF. • Product Life Cycle Support Implementor Forum (PLCS-IF) • LOng Term Archiving and Retrieval (LOTAR). • CAx Implementor Forum (CAx-IF) • Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) • GSA Accessibility Forum

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