The advancement of various product development technologies is contributing to a total integrated manufacturing process. And model-based design (MBD) is a key enabler for such a total integration. The current MBD approach still does not support retaining of information needed at different stages of a product lifecycle. Collaboration among different Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems still becomes an issue due to the different proprietary data format. This research provides a consolidated approach to complete product definition based on STEP AP242 neutral data format using general notes data structure. To validate and demonstrate the solution, the approach is instantiated in P21 design file and implemented in cloud manufacturing as a case study.

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