Comfy Paper Pillows are Smothering MBD


Comfy Paper Pillows are Smothering MBD by Casey Nordwald, United Launch Alliance

MBD & 3D PDF implementation challenges and 2D vs 3D culture shifts.

The use of Model-Based Definition/MBD rather than heritage 2D drawings plays an important role in enabling innovation at ULA, however transitioning “records of authority” from 2D drawings to 3D models has presented challenges. ULA bridges the gap between the 2D and 3D world with 3D PDFs, however the comfort and simplicity of paper is hard to forget.

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Casey Nordwald
Vulcan Booster Tank Structures Design Lead & CRE
United Launch Alliance

I have been designing rockets for 16 years. After completing my Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree at the University of MO – Rolla (Now Missouri S&T) I began my aerospace career at Lockheed Martin in 2003 as a Centaur Structures Designer. I completed my Space Systems Operations Master’s degree (Webster University) in 2007 and transitioned to Atlas V Booster Structures assuming the Design Lead and CRE roles soon after. Atlas Booster Tank fabrication transitioned from the heritage Denver factory to the Decatur Factory in 2010 following ULA’s creation in 2006. I began working with the team developing early concepts and designs for the Booster that would eventually become Vulcan in 2013. My role on Vulcan expanded steadily to my current position as Vulcan Booster Tank Structures Design Lead & CRE. I am excited to be a part of the team designing ULA’s next great Rocket!

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