Previous standards AP203 (aerospace) and AP214 (automotive) have merged to become ISO 10303 AP242. STEP AP242 is a neutral file format that includes the assembly structure(s), composite data, exact geometry, tessellated data, semantic and graphical PMI. Furthermore, this format allows the checking of validation properties including geometry, annotations, assembly, saved views, user defined attributes, color, visibility with validation reports; complying with LOTAR (LOng Term Data Archival and Retrieval) standards. Future projects to improve STEP AP242 could include machining form features, kinematics and mating definitions just to name a few.
CT sits on the CAx Implementor Forum and is a board member of PDES, Inc., and was the first software company to develop and implement code to support the LOTAR consortium standards, initially at Airbus and continuing with many other customers in the aerospace and manufacturing sectors. David Selliman, VP of North America, states, "Evolving technology increasingly requires capabilities for PLM interoperability to be based on open standards and CT will continue to stay on the forefront of development and implementation in this fast-moving universe."
CT CoreTechnologie, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, is the leading provider of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) translation software known as 3D_Evolution® (Conversion, Repair, Simplification, Analysis), 3D_Analyzer (CAD Viewer) and 3D_Kernel_IO (CAD interoperability API). The company's mission is to optimize the interoperability space and help organizations to effectively share engineering data in the product lifecycle management (PLM) process. 3D_Evolution® is a registered trademark of CT CoreTechnologie GmbH.
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