The application of computer technology to engineering and manufacturing domains has drastically transformed the way products and systems are designed and produced. However, a major drawback of CAD/CAM/CAE systems is the steep learning curve required to understand and master their extensive and increasingly complex set of functionalities. In this paper, we present a new approach to deliver CAD training materials that is inspired by Model-Based Definition (MDB) strategies, where annotated 3D models become the center of the training process. In our system, textual 3D annotations are connected to a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system to provide access to interactive video tutorials which are linked to specific features of a CAD model. As a proof of concerto to validate this approach, a plugin for a commercial CAD package was developed that enhances the functionality of standard 3D annotation mechanisms and enables users to interact with the technical training materials directly within the CAD interface. New data structures were implemented to support the connection and integration with PLM systems. A group of tutorials are described to illustrate the system architecture and implementation details.

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