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Step version on export ap214 ... 242

3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,161 PRO
edited December 2017 in General
I suppose Onshape exports step ap 214 which is enough for data transfer between two modelers. 

Step ap 242 would hold more information and would be better choice for local archive. If I have understood things correctly ap 242 would hold also material information and other manufacturing information that could be read also with ERP or such to recognize and handle the archived files better than 'dumb solids'.  



For me it is not time for writing any IRs for this but I would like to raise some conversation on step ap 242 and it's benefits against 214.

Some information can be found here: http://www.ap242.org/
//rami
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  • mbartlett21mbartlett21 Member Posts: 749 EDU
    I'd rather use parasolid
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,578 PRO
    This is very interesting Rami, looks like some big benefits here if ap242 does have the ability to export more than just the dumb solids with names and colours. It would be really enticing if more information could be reliably transferred between CAD systems. The reality is that there are always going to be multiple CAD systems and the better they can transfer information the better it will be for users. 
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  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,161 PRO
    @brucebartlett
    Yes, especially mating features would be awesome since it would enable using moving models between cad systems. Complete part feature history might be too much to ask. 
    It would be also nice to archive models / projects so that they hold manufacturing data if you ever need to get them back to production.
    //rami
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,578 PRO
    3dcad said:
    Absolutely, this is very exciting stuff. So much info is lost in the current exporting system whether it be step or parasolid, huge room for improvements. I love the concept of Onshape and sharing native doc's with the manufacturer but in practice, I keep finding that they just want to stay with there existing CAD system :'( . I am still hopeful that as more user become knowable in Onshape and Onshape improves, people will be more willing to take it on but as of this point, I am constantly asked for step or para-solid files as this is the normal way to do business. 
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  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,161 PRO
    I'm still struggling to get those 3d models in any format :cry:
    They always think that I'm gonna build those cnc machines or components/mechanism myself - if they used Onshape they could share and still keep the control on models.
    //rami
  • mike_hölschermike_hölscher Member Posts: 45 PRO
    edited April 25
    UP!

    I did not find any use for the AP242 STEP files, until yesterday. I found a new start-up supplier who CNCs parts without 2D drawing as their primary business case. This way the order and production process can be fully automated, and therefore faster and cheaper. For now, only thread data is extracted from AP242 files that are sent to them, but it is the first application of AP242 files I encountered. The rest of the variables such as materials are entered in the online quoting process (which is awesome on itself). As they are a start-up company, they are still doing some manual checks in the process to see if their systems functions correctly, and I was able to add a PDF with thread data as Onshape cannot make these files yet.

    What do you guys think? Improvement request?

    EDIT: They are referring to the protocol as: AP242 protocol, JT or ISO 14739-1:2014.
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,161 PRO
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,161 PRO
    edited April 25
    That cnc shop sounds amazing, 3D models are finally arriving to replace paper.. 

    @mike_hölscher
    Are you familiar with MBD? 
    It should be next generation's drawings and if you could transfer that data between systems using step ap242 that would be awesome. 

    Everybody talks how AI and AR and robots will change the world 'tomorrow' but I suppose they don't work with A4 and pdf  =)
    //rami
  • mike_hölschermike_hölscher Member Posts: 45 PRO
    3dcad said:
    That cnc shop sounds amazing, 3D models are finally arriving to replace paper.. 

    @mike_hölscher
    Are you familiar with MBD? 
    It should be next generation's drawings and if you could transfer that data between systems using step ap242 that would be awesome. 

    Everybody talks how AI and AR and robots will change the world 'tomorrow' but I suppose they don't work with A4 and pdf  =)
    The shop IS amazing. First of its kind as far as I know. They are still starting up and only allow import of thread data from STEP AP242. But once they integrate more and more it will be even more awesome.

    Yes, Model Based Definition is actually the functionality in AP242 I am looking for.
  • michael_bromleymichael_bromley Member Posts: 27 PRO
    Is that any different than what Protolabs prides themselves on? You can upload a solid model in multiple formats and have the part made via CNC in a handful of days.

    I haven't dug much into the file formats, but that certainly does sound interesting!
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