- 3D Model-Based Training and Consulting Services
- 3D Model-Based Product Definition (3D-MBD)
- 3D Model-Based Enterprise (3D-MBE)
- 3D Model-Based Business Process Development, Implementation, & Optimization
Who We Are
MBD360 LLC offers leading-edge Training and Consulting in 3D Model-Based Product Definition, 3D Model-Based Enterprise, 3D Model-Based Business Processes and related topics to companies worldwide.
MBD360 LLC Principals:
- Roy Whittenburg
- Bryan R. Fischer
Roy is an industry-leading expert and trainer in Model-Based Definition (MBD) and Model-Based Enterprise (MBE). He also has extensive experience as a project manager, researcher, and standards developer, with in design and CAD/PLM administration areas. He has lead numerous Army and OSD ManTech programs related to building the DoD’s Model Based Enterprise capabilities. In fact, his work with both the Army and NIST in the areas of MIL-STD-31000A (Technical Data Packages) and the Model Verification Guide Book won the OSD ManTech Project of the Year in 2013. He has over 25 years of experience in multiple industries ranging from heavy vehicles to telecommunications in positions such as designer, CAD Support Administrator, Principle Trainer, MCAD Architect and Project Manager.
Bryan is a recognized author, expert, and a member of many international ASME and ISO standards committees involved with GD&T, 3D processes, STEP and other engineering standards. Bryan has written books on GD&T, Tolerance Analysis, 3D MBD and Engineering Standards, and is a leading researcher, trainer and consultant in 3D MBD and MBE. In addition, we have a team of specialists with expertise related to 3D modeling, 3D product definition, PDM and PLM, 3D MBD, 3D MBE, 3D Metrology, data formats, data exchange and translation, data interoperability, software validation, process mapping, and long term data archival and retrieval.
We are dedicated to helping you improve your product definition, your process definition, and your bottom line.
We are leading providers of 3D Model-Based Product Definition and 3D Model-Based Business Process training and consulting.
We help companies optimize their business processes to make maximum use of 3D Solid Model data during design, manufacturing, inspection, assembly, installation, service, and all internal and external processes, including the supply chain. We help companies reduce or eliminate the need for traditional 2D engineering drawings entirely. Our goal is to help you and your staff compete in the competitive global economy and to help you achieve the highest level of quality and productivity. The business processes of the 21st century should reflect 21st century methods.
Our Products and Services
We’re all about 3D Model-Based Business Processes (3D MBx). We offer products and services related to 3D Model-Based Product Definition (3D MBD), 3D Model-Based Process Definition (3D MBPr), 3D Model-Based Business Process Development, 3D Model-Based Enterprise (3D MBE), 3D Standards (ASME Y14.41, ISO 16792, ISO 10303, EAS and NAS (LOTAR), corporate standards) and Implementation. We are standardization experts, business process specialists, product definition specialists, and leading researchers and developers of 3D Model-Based standards and business processes. We can help your company and your supply chain move toward greater use of 3D model data and lower reliance on 2D drawings.
Many of us have been experts in 2D drawings and drawing standards throughout our careers. We are also deeply involved in 3D tools, standards, software, and business process development for 3D. Today we apply our extensive industrial experience and expertise to helping clients move toward greater use of 3D data throughout their business. This is a challenge that should not be taken lightly. Many companies have already started the transition to using 3D model data as part of their product definition, but they often fail to recognize the formal steps needed to fully realize the benefits. We can help you and your supply chain move toward a more fully-realized implementation. We also offer workshops to help upper management and the workforce understand and accept the benefits of moving to greater adoption of 3D data and related processes.
Our staff has many years of industrial experience and we are active in many standardization and R&D projects related to 3D Model-Based Product Definition, 3D Model-Based Process Definition, 3D Model-Based Business Processes, Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI), 3D CAD data, 3D CAD data translation, data formats, data quality, data quality validation, data archival and retrieval, and related activities. We have specialists in product definition (design), specialists in PDM and PLM, specialists in data translation and data quality, specialists in data archival, retrieval, and compliance with regulatory agencies, and specialists in 3D software development. We are partners with software developers, research agencies, industrial consortia, and a network of experts in various aspects of 3D.
All of us have many years industrial experience, much of which has been and continues to be in environments where 2D drawings are used. Some of us continue to be experts in 2D drawings. 2D drawings still represent the master product definition at most companies. In the last 15-20 years, we have seen the increased use of 3D CAD model data to drive downstream processes. However, a lot of downstream activity is still predominantly driven by 2D drawings. The tide is shifting toward less reliance on 2D drawings and greater reliance on 3D data – this is a very important and necessary development. Like most people who have built their careers in 2D drawing-centric environments, the change in paradigm from 2D to 3D has been difficult at times. We did not just wake up one day and think “2D drawings are toast – it’s time to replace everything with 3D model data.” We carefully analyzed design processes and the internal organization, analyzed the supply chain, analyzed the state of the art for software tools available, and slowly came to accept the superiority of 3D methods to represent the master product definition and to use that 3D data as the master.
The benefits of 3D Model-Based Business Processes are undeniable. The potential to streamline, the potential to eliminate manual error-prone translation and recreation of data driven by 2D product definition, and the potential to achieve the resulting quality improvements are worth pursuing. Some of us and some of our customers now work in environments where 2D drawings are no longer created for mechanical parts and assemblies. Full product definition is realized in 3D product definition datasets. Product geometry, PMI (annotation), attribute data, metadata, all are included in and associated with the 3D model data. Even the U.S .Department of Defense is behind the move to 3D data. MIL-STD-31000A released in 2013 provides guidance for using 3D product definition data in Technical Data Packages (Type 3D TDP), guidance on how to structure that data (3D MBD Schema), and recommends that new programs procure 3D product definition data as much as possible.
As longtime experts in 2D drawing practices, standards, and product development, with long careers in design and engineering, we are helping to lead the way as industry transitions to using 3D data instead of 2D drawings. Successful transition to and implementation of 3D methods requires a strong understanding of how 2D processes work. The standards, business processes, and best practices for 3D are built upon the foundation laid during the period of 2D drawing dominance. It is essential that the lessons learned with 2D drawings are not lost in the transition to a 3D model-centric approach. It is essential that everyone in the supply chain can do their jobs with the new paradigm. It is essential that they can do their jobs better with less chance of errors – data reuse is the key It is also essential that the 3D-centric approach implemented is not just the 2D drawing approach with another dimension added to it. Certainly, 3D Model-Based Business Processes must be optimized for 3D, not encumbered and hindered by legacy 2D thinking that is no longer needed or relevant in a 3D context. Overcoming these biases is challenging. We can help your organization in many ways, as experts and as outsiders that are not bound by the internal biases of “this is how we do it around here…”
We help companies transition to a higher state of business. Whether they want to implement more rigorous 2D drawing practices, improve their 3D models and implement better 3D modeling practices, adopt of 3D CAD model data as part of the product definition, or completely eliminate 2D drawings from their processes, we can help the transition. We help governments, industrial consortia, corporate clients such as OEMs, suppliers, and software developers improve their understanding of 3D data, best practices for how it can and should be formatted and used. Feel free to contact us to see how we can help you.