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MBD Using Modern GD&T Course, August 2018

MBD Using Modern GD&T August 2018

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 Y14.5-2009 standard

Course Description

3 days with hands-on practical exercises. Bring your own laptop! Our experts will guide you through building MBD examples in your preferred 3D CAD software program. The “pick-and-click” steps for applying annotations in your preferred CAD system(s) will not be taught during the course. Prior to the course, we highly recommend that you review the “pick-and-click” training modules for MBD & PMI in your preferred CAD system. Want to get started now? Click here.


8:30 am to 4:30 pm, followed by CAD & Cocktails happy hour.

What is MBD/MBE?

MBD. DPD. MBE. TDP. Confused already? We will review basic nomenclature to ground everyone’s language around this topic, to facilitate meaningful discussion throughout the course. Watch Action Engineering’s on-demand video courses to get a head start before the course.

  • Model-Based Definition and Model-Based Enterprise definitions
  • MBD’s four parts
  • What it means to leverage a closed loop digital manufacturing technique
  • Minimally vs. fully annotated
  • Why CAD is the fundamental foundation

Not Your Grandparents’ GD&T (aka GD&T for the Modern World)

You may be familiar with GD&T, but are you stuck in the ‘olden times’? The tolerancing definitions in ASME Y14.5 haven’t changed much in recent years, but the way we apply geometric tolerancing has improved! The move away from plus/minus tolerancing into full position and profile tolerances on features is needed for a simpler and clearer design intent. Join us in the modern age to learn how to implement the latest methods of using the GD&T standards. We’ll demonstrate unambiguous product definition with GD&T through a variety of examples.

  • Quick review of GD&T principles
  • Why plus/minus tolerancing cannot be trusted
  • Full GD&T is necessary for better MBD
  • Hands-on exercise

Getting Started with MBD

Learn what it takes to move MBE forward. Leverage your rich 3D data by understanding how to bundle data together for Design, Manufacturing, and Inspection.

  • Understand how to apply ASME Y14 series standards to construct “complete” digital product definition
  • Learn variations between model+drawing and model-only MBD
  • Learn a methodical approach to applying MBD in any 3D CAD system

Hands-on Exercises

Putting pencil to paper is the best way to learn proper GT (and we don’t mean D) for MBD. Work through examples together, both on paper and using 3D CAD software, with the focus on functional design requirements.


8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Why MBE?

Understand the purpose and benefits of MBE for organizations leveraging 3D annotated models. Spoiler: MBE is not one size fits all.

  • Enterprise-wide business value
  • Standards adoption – why and which ones
  • Model-based philosophies 

A More Functional Datum Reference Plane

Learn the differences between Datums and Datum Features through examples. Simpler and more functional Datum Reference Frames are the key to better part control.

  • Datum Reference Frame created from actual Datum Features
  • Learn how to differentiate Design, Manufacturing, and Inspection requirements using 3D digital data documentation.

Hands-on Exercises

Work through more examples together, both on paper and using 3D CAD software. These examples focus on understanding the Datum Reference Frame and how they constrain the 3D model in 3D space.

Data Packages: Flavors, Buckets, and Bundles

Understand the importance and functionality of Data Packages throughout the product lifecycle to capture Design, Manufacturing, and Quality (Inspection) intent. Expand Product Information into a unique 3-plan system.

  • G&T for Design (modeling), Manufacturing (work instructions), and Inspection (plans)
  • Technical Data Package components
  • Data Package interoperability

Hands-on Exercises

Work through more examples together. Walk through examples from design authoring to manufacturing work instructions to automated inspection.


8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Work with complex model examples to understand the functional relationships of geometric tolerancing authoring requirements in the context of the assembly and mating parts.

  • Visualize tolerance zones in 3D
  • Learn how assembly constraints interplay with GT definition

Hands-on Practice to Move Towards Practitioner Level Expertise

Continue working through examples together, both on paper and using 3D CAD software. Work through an entire assembly.


$1,495 per attendee includes:

Earn a group discount of $100 per attendee when 5 or more people from one company attend. Email Michelle Nordwald if you’re intending to register 5 or more people.


Registration is open! Contact Michelle Nordwald for any questions about registration.


Course Attendees

Recommended for engineering professionals in any industry segment presently working in or interested in learning more about:

  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Digital Twin
  • Model-Based Definition (MBD)
  • Model-Based Enterprise (MBE)
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Digital Product Definition
  • Technical Data Packages


Jennifer Herron, CEO, Action Engineering, and Scott Neumann, Senior Partner and Chief Project Engineer, Technical Consultants Inc. will instruct the course. Jennifer and Scott are MBD and GD&T experts, respectively. They help write the ASME standards for product definition and GD&T, and provide MBD and GD&T training courses and consulting services.


Table Mountain Inn – Arapaho Room
1310 Washington Ave
Golden, CO 80401

Contact Michelle Nordwald for special lodging rate information for Table Mountain Inn.



Table Mountain Inn and Golden Hotel are both located in downtown Golden.

Table Mountain Inn

1310 Washington Ave
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 277-9898

Warm western hospitality shines through at this adobe-style boutique hotel. Contact Michelle Nordwald for special rate information.

Golden Hotel

800 11th St
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 279-0100

Scenic Clear Creek and the hotel’s mountain ambiance provide a picture-perfect setting.


Use the Table Mountain Inn parking garage (free) at the corner of 14th St & Washington Ave, or their small surface lot at 14th St and Arapahoe St. If these are full, pay parking lots and garages ($8/day) are operated by the City of Golden. The closest pay surface lot is located at 13th St & Arapahoe St. Click here for additional locations and information.

Pick-and-Click CAD Training

The “pick-and-click” steps for applying annotations in your preferred CAD system(s) will not be taught during the course. We hope you already know the basics of applying annotations (PMI) in your CAD system. If you are not yet familiar, we highly recommend that, prior to the course, you review the “pick-and-click” training modules for MBD & PMI in your preferred CAD system. The following on-demand training information may be available through your CAD provider or reseller. Please contact them directly to get access to these instruction modules. Action Engineering and Technical Consultants Inc. do not have any connection or responsibility to the following CAD courses.

PTC University (Creo)

Login page:


Click on Learning Paths, then click on SOLIDWORKS MBD.

NX 12 Help

Click on Design (CAD) in the left sidebar, then click on Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI). For NX versions 10 and 11, change the “12” in the hyperlink to your version number.

CATIA Knowledge Base

Login page:


Click here for help with 3D Annotations and MBD, and use the Get Started menu for guided tutorials.

For More Information

For questions or more information about the course, please contact: 
Michelle Nordwald, Action Engineering, via email

The event is finished.


Aug 30 2018


10:59 PM - 11:29 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 31 2018
  • Time: 12:59 AM - 1:29 AM