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MBD Using Modern GD&T Course

April 24 - April 26

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Jennifer Herron, CEO of Action Engineering, and Scott Neumann, Senior Partner and Chief Project Engineer at Technical Consultants Inc., will co-instruct this new course.

Course Description

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 Outline

2.5 days with hands-on practical exercises.


1:00 to 5:00 pm, followed by CAD & Cocktails happy hour.

What is MBD/MBE?

MBD. DPD. MBE. TDP. Confused already? We will start with basic nomenclature to ground everyone’s language around this topic, to facilitate meaningful discussion throughout the course.

  • Model-Based Definition and Model-Based Enterprise definitions
  • MBD’s four parts
  • MBD classification levels
  • What it means to leverage a closed loop digital manufacturing technique

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


8:00 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.

  • Model-based philosophies
  • Purpose of drawings and MBD/MBE
  • Standards adoption – why and which ones
  • Engineering benefits
  • Enterprise-wide business value
  • ROI opportunity

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 Y14.41.1 constructs for “complete” digital product definition.
  • Learn a methodical method for applying MBD in any 3D CAD system.

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. Separate our requirements for better Design, Manufacturing, and Inspection documentation.

  • Datum Reference Frame created from actual Datum Features
  • Expanding from one drawing to three plans
  • G&T for Design (modeling), Manufacturing (work instructions), and Inspection (plans)


8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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.

  • Technical Data Package components
  • Data Package interoperability
  • Game changing 3D PDFs

BYO Laptop MBD

Bring your own laptop to build MBD in your preferred 3D CAD software program, using examples. Our experts will guide the way.

GT (No D) Exercises for MBD

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


$900, includes course materials and lunch on Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26, 2018. Get a $50 discount per person when 5 or more people from one company attend. Email Michelle Nordwald if you’re intending to register 5 or more people.

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 co-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.


The course will be held at the Connects Workspace Underground location in downtown Golden, Colorado.

Connects Workspace – The Underground

1224 Washington Ave #10
Golden, CO 80401
Enter next to Jolynn’s restaurant, then go down the stairs.

Capacity at The Underground is 10 attendees. If course attendance necessitates more space, attendees will be notified of the venue change (still in downtown Golden).


Price Qty
Course Registrationshow details + $900.00 (USD)  


Table Mountain Inn and Golden Hotel are both located in downtown Golden and within short walking distance to the course.

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.

For More Information

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