Industries are continuously trying to improve the time to market through automation and optimization of existing product development processes. Large companies vow to save significant time and resources through seamless communication of data between design, manufacturing, supply chain and quality assurance teams. In this context, Model Based Definition/Engineering (MBD) / (MBE) has gained popularity, particularly in its effort to replace traditional engineering drawings and documentations with a unified digital product model in a multi-disciplinary environment. Widely used 3D data exchange models (STEP AP 203, 214) contains mere shape information, which does not provide much value for reuse in downstream manufacturing applications. However, the latest STEP AP 242 (ISO 10303-242) “Managed model based 3D engineering” aims to support smart manufacturing by capturing semantic Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) within the 3D model and also helping with long-term archival. As a primary, for interoperability of Geometric Dimensions & Tolerances (GD&T) through AP 242, CAx Implementor Forum has published a set of recommended practices for the implementation of a translator. In line with these recommendations, this paper discusses the implementation of an AP 203 to AP 242 translator by attaching semantic GD&T available in an in-house Constraint Tolerance Graph (CTF) file. Further, semantic GD&T data can be automatically consumed by downstream applications such as Computer Aided Process Planning (CAPP), Computer Aided Inspection (CAI), Computer Aided Tolerance Systems (CATS) and Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM). Also, this paper will briefly touch base on the important elements that will constitute a comprehensive product data model for model-based interoperability.

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