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PMI = Product Manufacturing Information

I have sold, trained and supported PC based 3D CAD to Boeing and virtually all of their suppliers in the Greater Seattle area for almost 30 years. In the early 2000’s Boeing moved to Catia 5. I will not get into the fiasco this caused, but one thing that happened was that Dassault provided a PLM system that Boeing now based their complete engineering system. This included MBD (Model Based Definition) delivered as a native Catia 5 file with PMI (Product Manufacturing Information). Which could be only called a 3D drawing. All of the dimensions and annotation was in 3D space as shown above.

My Boeing suppliers were shocked. Boeing did not prepare them for this incredible paradigm shift.

CADKEY or Catia? Boeing’s Billion-Dollar 3D CAD Mistake!

Boeing eliminated the drawing and delivered the part and additional information in the PMI format.

So what was the problem? Well, the suppliers had to have a current seat of Catia 5 or Enovia to view it. It could not be delivered as a print since it was in 3D. Most of the suppliers were not willing to fork out the big bucks. At the same time Adobe released Acrobat 3D. It could read and display the PMI and included the part in a STEP format. For some reason it didn’t catch on and Adobe quit offering it. I think it had to do with the integrity of the 3D model, I suppose the 3D model being used as the engineering authority can make engineering a bit nervous, especially with Catia 5 putting out some of the most corrupt models in the industry.

Corrupt 3D CAD Parts

PMI has been a standard engineering deliverable for all of the large companies that can afford the convoluted MBD system for over a decade. Yet, there has never been a standard "free" PMI viewer available.

If anyone knows of one please tell me!!


Well we almost have a free solution!!

ZW3D can now import Catia 5, Creo, NX & Solidworks native PMI files! 

Starting at an annual rental cost of $350.00

Up until now you had to buy an expensive translator to just view the PMI.

Yes, ZW3D can now read the PMI. But, not only do you have the PMI to view but the model itself is directly available for tooling or any other purpose in ZW3D or you can easily export it to your current CAD or CAM system.

Try it for yourselves. download a 30 day fully functional evaluation copy!

It is now included it in all of ZW3D products.

We can offer you this capability starting at:

Annual Rental: 350.00

Perpetual: $1300.00

Below is an example of a Catia 5 file with PMI.


Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, would like a demonstration or would like to put in an order directly.

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