Charting Your 3D Transformation
We digitally connect your manufacturing lifecycle, by charting your 3D path from requirements through sustainment. Our strategic program (Ready, Set, Go, Grow) creates manufacturing resiliency tailored to the unique attributes of your company.
Assess Your Readiness
- Discover Possibilities
- Uncover Goals
- MBD Readiness Rating
Outcome: Understand the scope, complexity, and benefits of your MBE initiative.
Our Readiness Assessment helps clarify your business needs for a successful 3D data transition. Our expert team will uncover gaps in your current MBE state, go through the pain points in your current technology and people processes, discuss pilot considerations, and identify stakeholders as well as strategies to engage them for long-term success. We then establish the next best steps for you to take for efficiency and to maximize your investment.
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.Yogi Berra
Prove Your Case
- Your Part and Assembly
- Your CAD Platform
- See the Future with Your Data
Outcome: Technically understand MBD within the familiar context of your own data.
The MBD Proof of Concept reveals the “gold standard” for MBD and GD&T with your data. The possibilities of an end-to-end, properly toleranced, standards-compliant MBD scenario are most easily visualized using an actual part produced by your organization. The MBD POC demonstrates the possibilities of current technologies, posits the future state vision for MBD, and reveals gaps in existing MBD tools, processes, and training that may not be immediately apparent. The MBD POC includes the 3D CAD assembly with GD&T applied using MBD (semantic PMI, attributes, and presentation states), STEP AP 242 files, 3D PDF, QIF derivatives, validation reports, and the “How to Use” guide.
Form Your Team
- Cross-Functional Ownership
- Neuroscience Foundations
- Current Process Alignment
Outcome: To establish a cross-functional team of MBD champions and trained communicators who can enunciate and advocate for the MBD transition.
A complex change needs a team of champions that are allied on message and purpose. By aligning a cross-functional team to lead the MBD transition, these champions are created throughout the organization. The pain points, inefficiencies, and inaccuracies of drawing-based systems are shared. The team is equipped with new skills and vocabulary to advocate for and speak to the transition with a consistent approach.
Individual commitment to a group effort: That is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Plan Your Rollout
- Interview MBD Users
- Identify Training Needs
- Create Communication Plan
Outcome: Integrate your MBE initiative beyond Engineering/Product Design to improve MBD processes and 3D data flow across your ecosystem.
MBD succeeds when downstream MBD users get the data they need, in the way that they need it. MBD adoption strategies are not one-size-fits-all. We interview your downstream MBD users (including suppliers) to customize the MBD training and communication plans that unlock your MBD potential. By building a community of people whose voices are heard and needs are understood, your MBD transition can be smoother and more successful.
People ignore design that ignores people.Frank Chimeno
Build Your Foundations
- Operational Scenarios
- Future State Roadmap
- In-Depth Planning
Outcome: Bridge strategy and tactics to define your MBE roadmap
Ideas and revelations from previous steps materialize into your future state MBE roadmap. We dive deeply into MBD budget and timeline through the lenses of people & culture, MBD processes, MBD technology (tools), and MBD modeling guidelines. We delve into pilot planning, tool architecture, stakeholders, training, coalition building, risk analysis, and use cases. You walk away with a specific plan of action to achieve your MBE goals.
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before the defeat.Sun Tzu
- New Processes
- Learn Tools and Standards
- Assess Supply Chain
- Training: Authors, Practitioners, Conversers
Outcome: Implement repeatable, scalable practices for your MBE initiative.
This is where the rubber meets the road to turn your MBE goals into a competitive advantage. We establish iterative cycles to realize quick wins for your MBE initiative. We identify and document new MBD processes, modeling guidelines, and tools. We focus on cohort-based training, 3D software tool interoperability, supply chain readiness, and custom MBD modeling guidelines that align with industry standards. Action Engineering collaborates with your team to set MBE requirements and break down the work into actionable tasks.
Pilot & Learn
- Measure Metrics
- Write Guidelines
- Test New Processes
- Training: Consumers
- Supply Chain Education
Outcome: Reveal MBD successes and gaps through small-scale MBD pilots.
Revealing MBD successes and gaps through an MBD pilot implementation is the key to quick wins and stakeholder buy-in. Learnings and new MBD processes are documented to improve MBD technology (tools) functionality and MBD modeling guidelines to mature your MBD implementation. Training and coaching occur throughout the pilot implementation.
Scale & Expand
- Expand Pilots
- Expand Training
- Expand Tools
- Continue Communications
- Practice and Adapt
Outcome: Expand MBD adoption throughout your enterprise.
Integrating MBE across your organization happens iteratively through practice and feedback. We build on previous learnings to expand pilots, training, and tools to fully realize your potential ROI from MBD. Action Engineering guides your MBD scaling with our technological and social science expertise. Stakeholder input, communications, and socialization (at user and leadership levels) are critical for sustaining the MBD culture and mindset.
Use the Action Engineering Proven Coaching Process to clarify and accelerate your digital manufacturing data transition.
- Journeying from a Proof of Concept to your first Pilot, and developing your future MBE Roadmap for success.
- It’s all about people! Adoption strategies to develop your mission, vision, and goals to scale MBD throughout your organization.
- Customized training & workshops teach MBD authors, leaders, and consumers of MBD data to maximize your adoption.
- Creating SOPs & guidelines to gain alignment so that MBD is applied consistently, repeatably, and sustainably.
- Mentoring, coaching, teaching, and leading community events to foster the future of MBD in all industries.
- Approaching MBD with an Agile mindset & Scrum-based methods to continuously improve our ways of working.
Let’s schedule a time to talk about your MBE needs and how we can help you achieve 3D data transition success.