In a traditional manufacturing process flow (even one utilizing a 3D Model-Based Definition), geometric quality requirements and results travel outside the Digital Thread in a separate paper-based system. This is inefficient, subject to synchronization errors with the design intent and hinders the relinking of quality and manufacturing data. Consequently this relinking is rarely done dynamically leaving potential process improvements unrealized.
Existing and new ways of communicating quality requirement and results using STEP and QIF standards will be discussed in this presentation. Also covered are recent demonstrations of this technology, and efforts to make quality data more easily consumed by non-human entities.