What is PMI (Product Manufacturing Information)?

Posted on 01 Mar 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen


Product manufacturing information (PMI) is design, manufacturing, quality, and other data included in a 3D CAD file.

Anything conveyed in a 2D drawing to build and measure a part can be upgraded to 3D annotations to help automate tasks, create...


Digital Product Definition (DPD) Approval: Getting to Yes

Posted on 24 Feb 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen

For aerospace suppliers, meeting DPD (digital produce definition) requirements can feel like jumping down one long rabbit hole, especially when dealing with a lack of definitive information.

Capvidia has been helping Boeing, Lockheed, ULA, and...


Best STEP File to Use: AP203, AP214, and AP242

Posted on 15 Feb 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen

What is a STEP file (*.step, *.stp)?

STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Data) is a popular neutral 3D CAD file format that is interoperable among various CAD programs such as CATIA, Creo, SolidWorks, NX, Inventor, and others. 


MBD (Model-Based Definition): 2021 Edition

Posted on 08 Feb 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen
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3D CAD Translation: Importing & Exporting The Right Format

Posted on 01 Feb 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen

With over dozens of CAD software and even more CAD file formats, importing & exporting the right format helps tremendously when it comes to data integrity and minimizing errors & rework.

This is especially true for downstream applications from...


How to Compare 3D CAD Models

Posted on 25 Jan 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen

3D CAD comparison or CAD model validation is a vital step when comparing translated CAD files (e.g. Creo to STEP), revision checks (e.g. SolidWorks 2020 Rev 1 to SolidWorks 2020 Rev 2) or version checks (e.g. NX 11 to NX12).

With nearly 30 years...


Top 8 Neutral 3D CAD File Formats

Posted on 18 Jan 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen

CAD (computer-aided design) files are digital files that house 3D & 2D designs as well as information regarding materials, processes, tolerances, and other data.

From design to production, everything begins with the CAD file.


Model-Based Definition on The Rise: Capvidia MBD Business Unit Grows 71% in 2020

Posted on 11 Jan 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen

MBD (Model-Based Definition): Growing Wave of MBD Adoption in 2021 and Beyond.

Houston, Jan. 11, 2021 – Capvidia, the leading CAD software provider in MBD workflows, CAD translation, and validation, saw revenue grow 71% from 2019 to 2020 for...


Automated AS9102 FAI Report with Model-Based Definition

Posted on 16 Nov 2020 by Jimmy Nguyen

What is AS9102 First Article Inspection (FAI)?

AS9102 FAI is an SAE aerospace standard that verifies a manufacturing process can reliably and repeatedly produce a component or set of components according to the engineering design and intent.


MBD First Article Inspection: Next Generation FAI Report

Posted on 02 Jul 2020 by Jimmy Nguyen

What is First Article Inspection (FAI)?

FAI is an official design inspection that verifies a manufacturing process that can reliably and repeatedly produce a part or set of parts for mass production.