Technical Data Packages (TDPs)
Modern TDPs have become so much more than just a set of blueprints. StraCon has mastered the process of creating governing engineering datasets for the downstream generation of essential derivatives such as fabrication drawings, technical manuals, or training materials.
At its core, the optimal TDP will be centered upon a 3D CAD solid model. This model should have PLM Product Lifecycle Management) and SM (Smart Manufacturing) best practices built in from the very outset—even if the model does not feed into a PLM system today, it probably will tomorrow. A well-executed CAD solid model serves as the basis for direct digital manufacturing, such as computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and additive manufacturing (AM), or more traditional fabrication methods using 2D drawings. The model can then double as source data for illustrations within technical publications, such as operations or maintenance manuals, and also for training materials, such as 2D imagery or 3D interactive multimedia. The CAD model is the central element of the digital twin concept being spearheaded by the military aviation industry for long-term program support. StraCon has considerable CAD modeling experience for DoD programs using a variety of CAD platforms, and we optimize our models for PLM ingestion.
StraCon has comprehensive experience creating, assessing, manipulating, translating, and healing 3D models. From 2013 to the present, StraCon has reverse engineered and created engineering-grade 3D models using SolidWorks in support of a NAVAIR client. We received a legacy four-component CAD model provided in STEP /IGES formats and converted it to fully indentured, parametric assembly files consisting of 3,761 parts—of which 866 were unique parts—then delivered the output as CAD-native format. This data consisted of older COTS and vanishing-vendor items that required reverse engineering. StraCon engineers utilized physical measurements, maintenance manuals, and photos prior to architecting the 3D models. StraCon employs 3D modeling experts in CATIA, SolidWorks, Inventor, AutoCAD, and PTC Creo. This capability enables StraCon to receive any 3D model from a customer and perform whatever necessary translations or reverse engineering are required to facilitate animations and technical graphics. Our processing method greatly improves the quality of the end product and the efficiency with which it was created. Additionally, this approach enables training products to more closely match the real-life product while maintaining the virtualized digital thread.