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November 6th, 2013

IHS + AIA + CADENAS PARTsolutions—NAS Models To Assist Engineers (CAD)

[SatNews] IHS (NYSE: IHS) has announced exclusive partnerships to offer authorized 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards, providing a valuable new tool for engineers across the aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles and reduce costs.

IHS has partnered with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the premier trade association representing the nation's major aerospace and defense manufacturers, and CADENAS PARTsolutions®, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) technologies and services for 3D product catalogs and parts management solutions, to offer 3D models of NAS & NASM mechanical parts standards.

Under the partnership, the advanced PARTsolutions eCATALOGsolutions™ tools will be integrated with IHS Standards Expert® and IHS Standards Expert® with Goldfire®, the engineering knowledge management solutions from IHS. Engineers will be able to quickly locate the appropriate NAS and NASM standard and use the integrated PARTsolutions configuration tool to define, visualize and refine the required part before generating a 3D model. The model can be saved into more than 150 native and neutral CAD and graphic formats, versions and revisions, and then inserted into a computer design to be tested for form, fit and function, as well as included in a bill of materials within the CAD software. Key benefits of this solution include:

  • Reduced modeling and design cycle times
  • Improved engineering productivity
  • Elimination of duplicated effort and rework
  • Assurance of quality through the use of authorized CAD models
  • Increased consistency in parts used on projects
  • Greater accuracy in bills of materials

Chad Hawkinson, vice president, product design solutions at IHS, said, "The 3D AIA NAS solution will allow engineers to more easily and accurately implement the standards' requirements and complete their projects, reducing design times while improving quality and generating savings for our customers."

AIA President and CEO, Marion C. Blakey, said, "The AIA NAS 3D catalog allows us to provide solutions that will help the industry design and manufacture products faster and at a lower cost."

Rob Zesch, president & chief operating officer at CADENAS PARTsolutions, said, "The NAS 3D catalog is the first aerospace standard in the history of aviation to be 3D-enabled by its owner, and we are honored to have our technology chosen for this endeavor."

The 3D NAS standards capabilities will be available in IHS Standards Expert and IHS Standards Expert with Goldfire in early 2014. The NAS 3D catalog will be available as a catalog within the PARTsolutions parts management solutions, with available integrations to all major CAD & PLM applications.