2021 Product Releases from Capvidia MBD Software

Posted on 06 Apr 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen

Updates to Best-in-class MBD Software

Houston, April 6th, 2021 – Capvidia, the leading CAD software provider in MBD workflows, CAD translation, and validation, recently released 2021 versions of their entire software line.


Boeing DPD: D6-51991 Supplier Quality Approval for Model-Based Definition

Posted on 02 Apr 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen

For Boeing suppliers and sub-tier suppliers addressing Boeing Digital Product Definition (DPD) standards can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, Capvidia is a leader in Boeing DPD and is here to answer some of your important questions. Let's begin.


QIF (Quality Information Framework): 2021 Definitive Guide

Posted on 23 Mar 2021 by Jimmy Nguyen

Table of Contents:

  1. What is QIF?
  2. Why is QIF important?
  3. What are QIF key benefits?
  4. Use cases of QIF by stages
  5. Use cases of QIF in MBD & MBE process
  6. QIF resources


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 other...


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 of...


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.