Model-based Definition (MBD) is a known design approach that aims to an effective integration of Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) within geometrical data. By means of MBD, product requirements and specifications based on Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) can be directly associated to 3D models, improving interoperability between design and simulation virtual environments. However, especially in industrial settings, many challenges still limit MBD diffusion, such as limited knowledge and application of GD&T rules, inconsistent representation of PMI, lack of methodological and organizational approach based on PMI. As a consequence, the Dimensional Management practice based on GD&T cannot be systematically applied, and the full potential of Computer-Aided specific tools remains unexpressed. In this paper, the effective implementation of MBD for PMI during both product and process design is proved through its direct application on tolerance-cost optimization. Thanks to 3D semantic annotations, a model-based framework is suggested to validate functional requirements of a mechanical assembly and to assess production efforts, enhancing the integration between tolerance analysis and manufacturing cost tools. The interrelation of GD&T schemes enables the automated transfer of the data linked to annotations toward Computer-Aided Tolerancing (CAT) and Product Cost Management (PCM) virtual environments. Consequently, PMI guides the simulations during the multi-disciplinary optimization, proving its effectiveness in communicating engineering information and enabling the transition to digital manufacturing though MBD.
Model-Based Approach for Optimal Allocation of GD&T / Petruccioli, A.; Pini, F.; Leali, F.. - (2022), pp. 277-284. (Intervento presentato al convegno 2nd International Conference on Design Tools and Methods in Industrial Engineering, ADM 2021 tenutosi a ita nel 2021) [10.1007/978-3-030-91234-5_28].