DMSC Accepts 3D Model Data Set Solution

10 February 22

QIF by DMSC-grayThe Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC) has been given a 3D model solution in the form of a native Creo 5 data set which will improve the way models are used in the automotive manufacturing industry. This data set was created by Action Engineering, a member of DMSC.

Action Engineering took the innovative step of proactively developing this data set based on their industry observations. They found that industry models are often proprietary or research models that don’t correlate with real-life components, rendering realistic 3D data sets inaccessible.

Jennifer Herron, CEO of Action Engineering shared: “There are just not enough 3D data sets publicly available with functional GD&T. And the lack of data sets limits software vendors and users the ability to properly evaluate QIF. We hope this solution helps.”

Using the concept of a door hinge, a three-part assembly was provided to illustrate the benefits of component-level modern Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), represented as Model-Based Definition, a combination of geometry and Product Manufacturing Information. Additionally, this concept will determine the value of model-based assemblies. Fundamentally, a hinge consists of three parts: two hinge halves and a pin. This analogy presents robust and realistic data that entities can easily apply to smart manufacturing. The hinge concept also makes learning the data appropriate and straightforward for testing a variety of software data packages.

The native Creo files solution was gifted to both the DMSC and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) for exclusive sharing with their members.

“As a volunteer-based consortium, the DMSC is honored when our members step up with contributions of time, talent, and expertise,” said DMSC President, Curtis Brown. “In the case of Action Engineering, Jennifer Herron not only gives of her time by serving on our Board of Directors; she and her team generously created this data set that will benefit all DMSC members in their Quality Information Framework (QIF) implementation.”

The Automotive Industry Action Group is currently building a proof of concept to test Technical Data Package guidelines for the automotive industry. Developing a standard set of guidelines for digital data packages will strengthen the automotive industry’s ability to provide product definition to the supply chain uniformly. This breakthrough will enable suppliers to understand and use the product definition easily.

It is important to note that the delivered Creo 5 data set will allow both the DMSC and AIAG Action Group to test Quality Information Framework (QIF) standard and Data Package Concepts, respectively. Both organizations will be able to create data packages to be used across the automotive industry for design definition, shop floor operations, and maintenance activities. Members of each organization will also create derivative Quality Information Framework files to test their software solutions.

For more information about the QIF standard (ISO 23952:2020) maintained by the DMSC, or membership in our organization, contact Executive Director Mark Thomas by email: or visit our website.