AE Home Edition: May 2020 MBD GD&T Class

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You might wonder, “How did this course come into existence?”

Jennifer Herron, founder of Action Engineering, describes how she met Scott Neumann & embraced MBD using Modern GD&T.

About 5 years ago, I ran into a seriously gnarly looking part at one of my customers. It starts as a casting, and then is machined.

My job was to take the drawing and convert it to Model-Based Definition. I already knew about dropping the dimensions, but I quickly became aware that I had no idea what datum targets were, why they were used, and how to apply them properly. This was a problem because when moving to MBD, your drawings are generally steeped in dimensions that use plus/minus tolerances on a dimension.

Needless to say, I was a bit desparate, so I started thinking and realized that I knew this guy through my ASME Y14 committee work. Actually, I realized that I had purchased his Dad’s GD&T pocket guide a zillion years ago. Best part was that he lived in Denver, so I called him and invited him to our office to school me on datum targets. His name is Scott Neumann.

I am a totally normal engineer who thinks I know everything, and if you just give me the two things I need to know, then I will be on my way and no longer need an expert.

HMMMMM – once again, after much frustration trying to figure out the datum targets and why a feature of size dimension that uses a plus/minus dimension is NOT the same as any-old dimension, I called up Scott again and said HELP!

He told me that I needed to focus on the basics of GD&T principles, documented in the latest available American specification which is ASME Y14.5-2009. I said, okay, I’m game, but Scott – throw me a bone, I’m always pressed for time. What are the top two things I REAALLLY need to know? (again – I’m the silly know-it-all).

He told me:

    1. You have to understand the difference between a dimension with plus/minus tolerances and a feature of size.
    2. You have to understand how to constrain the degrees of freedom of the part in the context of the assembly, in order to unambiguously document the product definition.

Now this was really starting to sound like MBD… So… fast forward 5 years, and Scott and I have developed a course that focuses on the foundational elements of modern GD&T (codified back in 2009 and now refined with the ASME Y14.5 standard) within the context of annotating 3D model geometry. Not only have Scott Neumann, Ryan Gelotte, and I taught this course onsite at multiple companies, we’ve also extended the learning to anyone as a single learner. Due to the high demand of this course, Action Engineering hired the fantastic Dan Feighery as our dedicated MBD and GD&T trainer.

In 2019, we planned four courses throughout 2020 to be hosted at our headquarters in Golden, Colorado. Clearly, circumstances have changed, and thanks to two of our customers we have successfully delivered this virtual course to four different cohorts.

Because Action Engineering is dedicated to making MBD learning accessible to everyone, we have reduced the cost of the course from $1495 to $995, and if you have a group of 5 or more, we offer a $100 per person discount.

Our next session is next week and I really want to share my epiphanies and how we recommend using this knowledge in MBD.

I hope you join us.

Jennifer Herron, Founder & CEO, Action Engineering


MBD Using Modern GD&T
May Virtual Public Course

Course Overview: For good MBD, you need proper GD&T. Drawings are okay, but MBD is better. If you’ve dipped your toes into Model-Based Definition, then you know the devil is in the details. GD&T and MBD experts will guide you through the What, Why, and How of Model-Based Definition and the right way to apply GD&T for MBD.

You Will Learn:

  • The What, Why, and How of Model-Based Definition
  • GD&T the Right Way for Model-Based Definition – how to implement the latest offerings of the ASME Y14.5-2018 standard
  • Methods are taught CAD agnostically, but also provide a structured guide to applying GD&T in MBD for: Creo, Inventor, SOLIDWORKS, and NX

Dates: May 18-22, 2020

Time: The course will be held for 4 hours each day:
U.S. Mountain Time (MDT): 7:00am to 11:00am
U.S. Eastern Time (EDT): 9:00am to 1:00pm
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT): 1:00pm to 5:00pm 

Price: $995 per person (33% discount) includes:

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2020

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