Training Course and Workshop Synopses

Level 1 GD&T Fundamentals Course

20 hours

A thorough and rigorous treatment of the system of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing concepts, rules, legal implications, tools and techniques are presented in detail from design, inspection, and concurrent engineering points of view. This course covers all the fundamentals so your staff will understand the shortcomings of using +/- Dimensioning and Tolerancing and how GD&T eliminates these deficiencies. Functional Dimensioning and Tolerancing is introduced and explained in detail. Leads to a basic understanding of the details of GD&T, how to precisely define allowable variation and why it is important, how the system of GD&T works as a whole, why GD&T is needed, and why it is better for design, manufacturing, inspection, and the supply chain. (ASME or ISO GD&T)

Level 2 GD&T Applications Course

20 hours

Covers the more advanced topics, application issues, pros and cons of alternate strategies, effects on downstream processes and the supply chain, and includes many applicationbased exercises. Application and implications of Functional Dimensioning and Tolerancing schemes are emphasized throughout this course. Leads to understanding of how to apply GD&T functionally to parts and mating parts in assemblies. Deeper coverage of GD&T, how to apply GD&T to parts and to mating parts in assemblies, composite tolerancing, understanding alternative strategies for tolerancing and managing variation, pros, cons and tradeoffs of the alternatives on downstream operations such as manufacturing and inspection, and cost implications of the above. (ASME or ISO GD&T)

Level 3 Advanced GD&T Course

20 hours

Advanced topics, problems and challenges in Dimensioning and Tolerancing, advanced feature types, advanced tolerancing techniques, challenges in metrology, mathematical concepts, effects on Tolerance Stackups, mating part applications, and optional strategies. Implications on downstream processes including manufacturing, inspection, assembly, service, and the supply chain. Leads to deeper understanding of GD&T and its business implications, tradeoffs and pros and cons of different approaches. Advanced GD&T tools and methods, alternate strategies for managing more complex geometry, deeper discussion of CAD model geometry and its role in product definition and GD&T, and extending and adapting GD&T methods for your products. Longer course includes in-depth discussion of your products, drawings, models, and processes.

Level 4 Tolerance Analysis Course

20 hours

Understand how to calculate and manage variation and its implications on product performance. Explanation and comparison of worst-case and statistical techniques. How to perform stackups with +\- and GD&T. Progressive exercises and problem-solving, including use of the Tolerance Stackup Software Toolset. Addresses issues such as assemblability, fit, maintaining clearance, ensuring contact, maintaining wall thickness and machining stock, alignment, and comparing alternate dimensioning and tolerancing and design strategies. Methods to model geometric variation from dimensions and tolerances, GD&T, and assembly processes are included. Sources of variation, understanding the effects of variation in assemblies, calculating worst-case and statistical variation, modeling the assembly process, determining if the design, GD&T, and assembly process will yield acceptable results, and how to correct geometry problems found through analysis. Leads to ability to understand, calculate, and model the cumulative variation in your products. This allows you to know if the design and GD&T specified leads to parts and assemblies that will meet their intended requirements. (ASME or ISO)

GD&T Overview Course

8-16 hours

Overview of core topics of GD&T fundamentals. Includes plus and minus deficiencies, why GD&T is needed, how it differs from +/-, features and features of size, GD&T rules, legal issues relating to drawings and models, datums, datum features, datum reference frames, understanding form, size, orientation, and location, and overview of geometric tolerancing. Longer course allows more time to discuss GD&T and its implications on purchasing, supply chain, inspection requirements, and other business issues.

Dimensional Management Workshops

8-16 hours

Business and implementation strategies for GD&T and tolerance analysis. Dimensional management principles, implementation strategies, reviews, timing of activities and reviews, participation by various groups, roles of participants, documentation requirements, feedback loops, suppliers, customers, etc. Discussion of implementation for your projects in your environment, and how to include dimensional management and how it will affect your customers and suppliers.

ISO vs. ASME GD&T Practices Workshop

8-16 hours

Comparison of the ISO GPS and ASME Y14.5 GD&T systems and differences in their philosophy. Comparison of symbology, terminology, tools, techniques, and implications of these on defining functional requirements and downstream processes.

3D Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) Introduction Workshop

8-24* hours

The benefits, pros, cons, and best-practices of 3D Business Processes. Drawing-only, drawing and model, and model-only datasets and discussion of their pros and cons. Pros and cons of 2D drawings. Culture change and what is needed to start the transition to 3D MBx is also discussed. 3D Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI), 3D MBx, and related concepts are discussed. The major focus of this workshop is understanding how and why we do business today, how it can be improved by adopting 3D Model-Based techniques, what transition and implementation to MBx entail, and what must be done to get there.
(*Longer workshop includes 1-day discussion of your products, processes, supply chain, opportunities, challenges, etc.)

3D Model-Based Product Definition (MBD), PMI, and ASME Y14.41/ISO 16792 Overview Workshop

8-24* hours

The rules, techniques, pros, cons, and best-practices for 3D Model-Based Definition, using Solid Model data sets with or without engineering drawings. Drawing-only, drawing and model, and model-only datasets. 3D Product and Manufacturing Information and its application. Compliance with ASME Y14.41 and ISO 16792 are discussed. CAD system and data format issues, methods for multiplatform dissemination, using models, archival strategies, legal issues, dataset usage, translation, format management, archival, retrieval, etc.
(*Longer workshop includes 1-day discussion of your products, processes, supply chain, opportunities, challenges, etc.)

2D and 3D Technical Data Packages Workshop

Technical Data Package (TDP) background, structure, content, standards, applicability, and history are discussed. 2D drawings, 3D models and model data, drawing standards, model and data standards, MIL-STD-31000, drivers of TDPs content and structure, tailoring, working with TDPs, and the move from 2D to 3D data in TDPs is discussed. Product definition data vs. process definition data and how they interrelate and how TDPs are used are explained. Differences between traditional 2D TDPs and TDPs based wholly or partially on 3D data, dataset types, dataset classification codes, drawing-only, drawing + model, and model-only approaches, and challenges in downstream use of 2D and 3D Product Definition Data are explained. Data management, formats, translation, validation, archival and retrieval, and 3D MBD schema are also covered.

Print Reading Workshops – General and Advanced Workshops available

8-16 hours

Focuses on ASME and AWS standards to read and interpret 2D engineering drawings. Drawing elements including border and format, lines and line types, lettering, views and sections, dimensioning and tolerancing, other annotation, revisions, symbology, legends, notes, types of drawings, treads, welding symbols, surface texture symbols, tables, etc. The 2nd day of the workshop will be a discussion of your drawings, supplier drawings, your products, processes, standards, etc.

Custom workshops and other courses available

 

Product Definition Practices for Molded and Cast Parts Course