SME Interoperability and 3D Collaboration Event

DEARBORN, Mich., March 2, 2007 -The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Interoperability and 3D Collaboration event will take place at the Marriott
Renaissance in Detroit on May 2-3, 2007.

Collaboration with CAD and other 3D data is one of the most important elements of
modern manufacturing practice. However, problems in CAD interoperability and
collaboration plague the industry, presenting one of the most formidable impediments
to productivity and time to market. To remain competitive and grow, manufacturers
must continually and aggressively improve products and processes to enable effective
communication and collaboration, on a global basis.

This two day, international conference provides a unique opportunity for design,
engineering, and manufacturing professionals to interact, learn and share
experiences in interoperability and collaboration with 3D data. Attendees will learn
about the latest strategies, best practices and solutions, while interacting
directly with fellow users and leading experts in the field. The conference also
provides an opportunity to learn about the latest data exchange software tools.

The Interoperability and 3D Collaboration schedule:

Wednesday, May 2

8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Why Interoperability Isn't: Finding Clarity in the Chaos

Various aspects of effective 3D collaboration and interoperability will be presented
while providing insights on the most significant trends and latest happenings in the
industry, including:

* Complexities of sharing 3D data and what's happening to make it easier
* Airbus situation: causes, affects and what we can learn from it
* Partnership between Autodesk and PTC to work on interoperability issues and the

participation of other CAD vendors

* What does the future hold for Acrobat 3D, DWF JT, 3D XML, and other "light-weight"
3D formats? How will they work with the CAD formats, or not?
* Latest advances in feature translation and discovery
* New version of STEP and its expected impact on the industry
* Role the open source movement will play in future interoperability and
collaboration solutions

David Prawel, Longview Advisors

Electronic Delivery System For Supplier Build Packages

A custom system for electronic delivery of build packages to suppliers including
drawings and 3D CAD models to support procurement will be described. Internal users
access the application which is integrated to CAD, configuration control and
business data systems and "push" configured build packages to an Extranet server to
support machined parts and PWB board assembly fabrication. Suppliers can also access
the system externally and "pull" packages. The automated pull method has freed
procurement agents from the task of gathering and sending packages, resulting in
cost and cycle time reductions which will be discussed.
Robb McCord, Northrop Grumman

Strategies & Tradeoffs in Deploying Lightweight 3D

The challenges, considerations and process of selecting and developing standard 3D
model file formats to work between ICEM, Rhino and Alias rendering software will be
discussed. Use of computational fluid dynamics analysis, finite element analysis,
Pro/Engineer design, rapid prototyping, lightweight 3D viewers, animation, paper and
web-publishing will be presented based on an on-going case study.
Rick Mihelic, PACCAR

CAD Interoperability Software Vendor Panel

Interoperability problems continue to cost industry many billions of dollars.
Challenges caused by incompatible CAD modelers, data formats and processes are the
root cause. When it comes to solving these problems, the heavy lifting is left to
the dedicated software and services vendors who specialize in addressing these
difficult challenges. New approaches are brought to market on a regular basis and
success stories are plentiful. But a lot of tough challenges remain. This panel will
bring together leaders in the CAD interoperability software business to answer your
questions and discuss their solutions.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch on the Show Floor

1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

CAD to CAD Interoperability

Legacy Data Requirements and Strategy for MBD Datasets Archiving

The regulatory requirements published by the FAA, DOD and NASA for the long term
retention of product data will be discussed. The difference in data representation
for drawings verses MBD 3D datasets will be described with an emphasis on MBD
descriptions and the requirements for storing these types of datasets. Additionally,
acceptable open data formats suitable for long term retention of MBD data will be
Terrence McGowan, Boeing

STEP Overview & Update: A Second Generation Emerges

STEP (ISO 10303) is the most important international industry standard for CAD data
interoperability, and perhaps the only viable long-term, strategic solution to
sharing and archiving CAD data. An overview of the current state of the core STEP
application protocols (APs) for the aerospace, automotive, and shipbuilding
industries, including the latest enhancements to the second edition of AP203,
Configuration Controlled 3D Designs of Mechanical Parts and Assemblies will be
presented. Short case studies of recent successful use in design, analysis, and
manufacturing, will be shared.

Jack Harris, PDES

Comparing and Validating Product Lifecycle Models

The ability to compare revised, remastered or translated 3D models within the
product's lifecycle provides key advantages to the design, simulation and
manufacturing processes. Potential solutions will be discussed including legacy
design migration validation, design concept comparison, design reuse for simulation
qualification, simulation model comparison, design revision comparison, design reuse
for tooling quality, downstream model divergence, design translation validation, and
certified delivery of long term archival validation with STEP.
Steve Utterdyke, ITI TranscenData

Collaborating with Lightweight 3DAccelerates Client Approvals by Upgrading Your
Design Review Processes

How Advanced Dynamics has improved its design review and communication processes
from very slow paper and courier to electronic email and web collaboration will be
presented. Alternatives considered and the pros & cons of different approaches,
lessons learned, technologies implemented, and current best practices will be
discussed. This will include tracking of all engineering requests and improvements
on other areas such as shop communication and assembly instructions.
Patrik Chartrand, Advanced Dynamics

Hurdling the Obstacles of 3D Design Collaboration

Some of the most difficult limitations to overcome in design and manufacturing are
sharing large assemblies and PMI-GD&T information, and securing access to your
proprietary design assets. Advantages and disadvantages of some common solutions,
along with the importance of leveraging standards in any good overall solution will
be presented. How users can dynamically secure and control PDF files containing
sensitive information will be discussed. Case studies from real-world users will
frame an interactive dialog about user experiences, lessons learned and best
Jim Merry, Adobe Systems

Examining Characteristics of 3D XML and CGR Files to Support Collaboration

A project conducted with a large aerospace firm which examined the conversion,
loading, transportation of vendor-supported "standard" file formats across and
network, and interaction with 3D XML files as compared to CGR files within CATIA
will be presented. Project activities, issues encountered, and recommendations will
be discussed.
Nathan Hartman, Purdue University

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Renaissance Room

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Panel: Multi-CAD Interoperability & Collaboration - Ask the Vendors

Moderator: David Prawel, Longview Advisors
Big changes may be coming. Autodesk and Parametric Technology (PTC) recently
announced they are partnering to tackle the issues of interoperability between their

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