For good Model-Based Definition, you need proper Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. If you’ve dipped your toes into MBD, 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 fundamentals of model-based business practices. Clearly defined MBD/MBE terms and definitions. An overview of relevant standards. An understanding of the expanse of the MBE infrastructure. Current industry benefits and important factors for understanding MBD’s return on investment.
“I had no idea on the breadth and depth of how Model-Based Definition could benefit my company before taking this course. MBD is so much more than just converting our designs from 2D to 3D.”
– August 2021 student
October 11-15, 2021
$995 per person
5 Half Days
7:00 am – 11 am MDT
December 6-10, 2021
$995 per person
5 Half Days
7:00 am – 11 am MDT
The 2022 training
schedule will be
Customized for Your Company
Virtual or On-Site
Virtual can be hosted via Zoom or company-provided alternative.
Priced per Group
Group discounts available for 3+ students from the same company.
Email us for your company code.
Public courses may be rescheduled if they do not meet minimum registration.
CAD Agnostic – applies to any CAD system.
CAD Systems currently supported for Public Training Events:
- Creo Parametric (models provided in Creo 5)*
- NX (models provided in NX 11)*
- SOLIDWORKS (models provided in SOLIDWORKS 2020)*
* STEP files can be provided for practitioners using earlier versions.
Additional CAD Systems available upon request for Private Training Engagements:
Join us for several days of live instruction 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. While the “pick-and-click” steps for applying annotations in your preferred CAD system(s) will be reviewed during the course, we highly recommend that you review your preferred 3D CAD software program’s “pick-and-click” training modules for MBD & PMI.
“This is an incredibly affordable way of learning the concepts… I got a lot more understanding, I had a little bit of fun with it, and I learned it much faster.” - Ben Kassel, LMI
What is MBD/MBE?
ANSI, ASME, DEDMWG, DMSC, DOD, DRF, FCF, ISO, JT, LOTAR, MBD, MBE, MIL-STD, PMI, PRC, QIF, STEP, TDP… Confused already?
We will review basic terminology to ground everyone’s language around this topic, to facilitate meaningful discussion throughout the course. You also have access to Action Engineering’s on-demand video courses as a refresher following the first day of the course.
- Explanation of Model-Based Definition and Model-Based Enterprise
- The Four Parts of MBD
- 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 your practices up to date? 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 traditional dimension-based (aka plus/minus) tolerancing into full feature-based tolerancing is needed for simpler and clearer design intent. Join us in the modern age to learn how to implement the latest methods of using the GD&T standard. We’ll demonstrate unambiguous product definition with GD&T through a variety of examples.
- Review of GD&T principles to reset your base understanding and application
- Why plus/minus tolerancing cannot be trusted
- Full GD&T is necessary for better MBD
- Hands-on exercises
A More Functional Datum Reference Frame
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 Frames created from actual Datum Features
Learn how to differentiate Design, Manufacturing, and Inspection requirements using 3D digital data documentation.
Getting Started with Model-Based Definition
Learn what it takes to move your Model-Based efforts 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
Putting pencil to paper is the best way to learn proper Geometric Tolerancing for MBD (Why did we drop the D? Find out in the course!). Work through examples together, both on paper and using 3D CAD software, with the focus on functional design requirements guiding your Datum Reference Frame selection and constraint.
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
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.
- Geometric Tolerancing for Design (modeling), Manufacturing (work instructions), and Inspection (quality plans)
- Technical Data Package components
- Data Package interoperability
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Work with simple and complex model examples to understand the functional relationships and requirements of authoring geometric tolerances in the context of the assembly and mating parts.
- Visualize tolerance zones in 3D
- Learn how assembly constraints interplay with Geometric Tolerancing definition
This is a live, instructor-led course. Course registration includes:
- Trial access to Action Engineering’s OSCAR knowledgebase, including foundational video courses on MBE and MBD. Access will be provided following the first day of the course.
- 30-minute follow-up consultation with an Action Engineering expert to guide your journey! $150 value.
- GeoTol Pro for MBD Workbook by GeoTol Inc.
- Additional course materials, including the latest edition of Re-Use Your CAD: The Model-Based CAD Handbook by J. B. Herron.
- In-Person Courses – Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day.
Full course details and links to course materials will be sent the week prior to the first day of the course.
Save $100/person when registering three or more people from your company. Email us to complete your team registration.
Course materials are provided digitally. If you are interested in purchasing additional printed materials to complement the course content, we recommend GeoTol Pro Fundamentals 2020 & GeoTol Pro Pocket Guide.
Virtual public courses are taught using Zoom.
Please confirm with your organizational IT that you can access this platform. You can also contact us for a direct check.
- We highly encourage all attendees to have their webcam turned on and a microphone to interact with the instructor.
- We recommend that attendees have a second screen.
- Exercises can be marked digitally using Adobe Acrobat, Paint, Illustrator, PowerPoint, etc. A PDF is also provided for the option to print exercises and physically mark them on paper.
- Zoom recommends a minimum 1.0 Mbps connection for high-quality video. See all recommendations.
In-person public courses are held in Golden, Colorado.
Action Engineering Headquarters
1111 WASHINGTON AVE.
GOLDEN, COLORADO 80401
We are located directly under the iconic Welcome to Golden arch in the heart of downtown Golden, Colorado.
In-person courses include a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day.
Expert GD&T and MBD Instructor
Dan Feighery is an MBD Trainer with Action Engineering. He develops and teaches courses on Geometric Tolerancing for MBD and coaches teams to achieve a Model-Based Enterprise. His career began as a tooling engineer for a Fortune 500 company’s aerospace group where he was exposed to design for manufacturability/assembly and quality control. Prior to coming to Action Engineering, he worked for an emerging leader in impact mitigation and cushioning solutions and served as a change agent and champion of business process improvements. Dan holds a B.S. in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science & Technology with a Management of Technology emphasis. Growing up in a bilingual home, Dan speaks Brazilian Portuguese. When not working, he can be found climbing and volunteering as an instructor with the Colorado Mountain Club.
- Multi-CAD MBD and GD&T Training and Coaching (Lead Trainer)
- MBD Modeling Standards and Best Practices
- Multi-CAD MBD Authoring and Publishing
- 3D CAD, MBD, CAD Interoperability Software Configuration and Assessment
- Product Development, Quality, and Manufacturing Planning & Implementation
- Tooling Design Guidelines
- Roadmap Development
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) MBE Terms Working Group
- American Society of Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Inspector
Founder & CEO
“Best GD&T class I’ve taken, the MBD focus makes it more relevant and easier to apply… The class was well done, the content was great, the instructor knew the material very well and was very good at instructing.”
– Zachary Miller, TE Connectivity
“It is important for people to realize that the future is MBD. It is important for people to realize that GD&T is the only way to completely define a product… MBD is the perfect opportunity to get people on board with GD&T. Also, and maybe mostly, having Scott explain GD&T is like magic!”
“The instructors were knowledgeable, animated and made what can easily be a very dull subject, fun and interesting. I learned a lot and had fun doing it. Well done.”
– Rick Frederickson, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
“I highly recommend this course if one wants to learn GD&T of the future and leverage digital technology fully.”
– Anthony Jenkins, Manufacturing Technology Centre
“MBD is the forward direction of most industries. The sooner you can get on board, the better.”
– Jonathan Sanders, United Launch Alliance
“The course was engineered to emphasize the important concepts of MBD, software and GD&T in an efficient and engaging way, helping you learn vital skills for the implementation of MBD very quickly.”
– Toby Maw, Manufacturing Technology Centre
“This class taught me a more efficient way to communicate design intent with vital stakeholders.”
– Kieran Breitner, Colorado School of Mines
“This course put the topic in perspective and reinforced the value beyond just eliminating paper. Seeing the value and efficiencies that can be realized with this evolution of engineering communication through MBD and how it plays into downstream processes from manufacturing, quality, inspection to end user experience.”
“Very accessible and very informative training. The instructors present the material very clearly, and are able to answer all student questions thoroughly. The training clearly demonstrates the benefits of GD&T vs. linear dimensioning, the fundamentals of applying good GD&T, and why MBD (model based definition) should be adopted.”
– Trevor Davis, Sierra Nevada Corporation
“This training was a very thorough review of GD&T, and I learned a lot about how to best apply basic GD&T principles to MBD. The instructor was very knowledgeable and the course materials will be very helpful as I implement MBD into my work in the future.”
“I gained more from this course than much of my engineering coursework. I see the value in MBD and proper GD&T for all engineers and corporations in order to increase productivity and decrease scrap. It just makes sense. All engineering students should learn this material before they enter the workforce and inherit the bad practices used at many companies.”
– Connor Banks, Colorado School of Mines