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works.” The company’s Smart GD&T toolset was created with a partner in the field, Multi Metrics Inc. (Menlo Park, CA). He offers further cautions. “In theory, the concept of


MBD is great, but I don’t think it works all that well in actual implementation,” Soucy said. “The only area where MBD really works is with GD&T. But even then, there is more to measurement than GD&T. The reality is that GD&T only repre- sents a fraction of what measurement specialists need to measure when they analyze geometry of manufactured products.” Specific industries such as automotive sheetmetal use unique measurements, such as a feature line profile radius or gap-and-flush. These are not covered in standard GD&T specifications. He sees customers creating some of their measurement programs from attached GD&T and then creating more specific measure- ments as well.


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The key point here is that metrol- ogy data is used in a decision loop in a specific way. Measurements in and of themselves provide no value to the cus- tomer. “We strive to provide critical di- mensional characteristics and analysis back to manufacturing or engineering in real time,” agreed Bertrand Gili, presi- dent of the Metrologic Group (Meylan, France and Wixom, MI), suppliers of the Metrolog X4 inspection package. “Measurement is good, but having meaningful results directly from 3D me- trology devices with clear instructions and clear feedback on how to, say, adjust tooling—that is the true value of measurements,” he stated. While faster inspections today might mean robotic data collections and automation, it also means understanding exactly what those critical characteristics are, as rapidly as possible.


Again, this is where embedded GD&T in an intelligent CAD model is so valuable. Metrologic has been in the game a long time, according to Gili. “We started working with embedded GD&T on a project with Boeing in 1999 on the


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