JT/.jt: Siemens Software
Tesselation) is an ISO-standardized 3D data
format and is in industry used for product
visualization, collaboration, CAD
data exchange and
in some cases also for long-term data
retention. Yeah, Right!!
I have never used this translator but is
seems to have ties to PLM and able to be
generated by the major packages with a
certain level of compatibility and
association. Sadly, trying to use
translators as an engineering standard is a
very poor solution, due to the requirement
that they have to be saved in this format. I
suppose it could be used with strict guide
lines. But all getting on board would never
happen. The arrogance of the high end CAD
systems cannot be matched.
IronCAD Trans includes this format. ZW3D
offers it as an option.
When in DOUBT!!
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PMI (Product Manufacturing Information)
I thought I would move the discussion to
PMI. Today many of the large companies are
moving to MBE (Model Based Enterprise) and
are using PMI to release their engineering
documentation. This has caused a huge
problem with duplicating our engineering
documention. The image below is a sample
Catia 5 PMI file from a large aircraft
manufacturer imported by ZW3D. The following
article shows how this company is trying to
utilize PMI, it is not pretty.
PMI vs AID
PMI was developed to have a single document
instead of having the separate AID
(Associated Information Document (drawing))
at the time we were delivering paper prints.
Sadly, the PDF was just around the corner
basically eliminating any need for this
format. This is truly a joke on the
industry! Many still think we are delivering
our documentation on paper, not for almost
The problem is that the PMI is based on the
native CAD file which cannot be
standardized. Those that have developed this
process do not understand the purpose of
The purpose of engineering is to deliver
standard documentation to manufacturing.
Today there is no free reader for this
format. You have to have the native CAD
software, a native CAD viewer or a third
party reader/importer. This is causing very
convoluted solutions. Boeing, having based
the total authority of the design on the 3D
model, now requires the supplier to purchase
a 3rd party validation program ($5,000.00)
if they are not using Catia 4 CNC. These
hoops are costing Boeing a fortune as
compared to the past with the standard
drawing as the authroity.
Why MBE/MBD/PMI Will FAIL
Can the 3D Model Be Used as the Design Authority?
This article is embarrassing in its
Solidworks Totally Misunderstands MBD
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