Capvidia to Participate in QIF™ V2.0 Draft Standard Demonstration at IMTS 2014

25 August 2014

Booth E-5200 Pavilion: Quality Assurance

Leuven, Belgium – August 25, 2014 – Capvidia announces that it will participate in the QIF V2.0 Draft Standard demonstration as part of the Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium, Inc. (DMSC) during the IMTS show September 8-13, 2014 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  As part of the DMSC demo, Capvidia will convert 3D MBD models from native CAD systems directly into QIF format. The QIF model generated by Capvidia will then be used by DMSC metrology vendors to show complete interoperability while maintaining complete and accurate product definition with various conformance levels of semantic PMI (e.g., GD&T). The demonstrations will be held Tuesday-Friday at the DMSC booth at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at Booth E-5200 at IMTS.

On December 19th, 2013, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved QIF V1.0 as an American National Standard. This new standard covers the digital interoperability needs for a wide variety of use cases including feature-based dimensional metrology, quality measurement planning (QIF Plans), first article inspection (QIF Results), and discrete quality measurement. QIF models include quality characteristics and measurement features as defined in the ASME Y14.5 specification and the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS).


The completion of QIF 1.0 still left the DMSC with a primary “pain point”, which was to obtain a complete and accurate 3D product definition with semantic geometric and dimensional tolerances. Capvidia responded to this need and in February of 2013, Capvidia and the DMSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).  As part of this agreement Capvidia donated their CAP XML format to the DMSC. CAP XML already had a complete XML based representation of 3D Geometry, Topology, and semantic PMI. A new DMSC working group was formed and with the help of Capvidia, CAP XML and QIF 1.0 formats were harmonized to create the QIF MBD module. This work has now been completed and will be submitted as a new draft standard to ANSI this fall.

DMSC President Curtis Brown stated:  “This new draft ANSI standard represents the completion of QIF v. 2.0, another development milestone for quality in manufacturing.  It propels metrology applications into cost effective digital interoperability.  The manufacturing community must consider embracing this standard not only as a good technical solution but more importantly as a cost effective way to do manufacturing business. QIF v2.0 addresses missing digital interfaces necessary for proactive quality within today’s model-centric applications and tomorrow’s model-based enterprise.  The speed of development and model-based definition content is due to significant contributions from Capvidia and their CAD interoperability experts.  You are encouraged to join us as we progress vendor interface solutions built upon the foundations provided by QIF v2.0.”

"QIF v 2.0 opens a new era for the CAD/CAM/CMM data interoperability. The QIF data model is based on open XML standards, which simplifies data access and integration with other CAD or PLM applications. A set of XML schemes provided as QIF library makes the integration process straight forward even for those who are not CAD experts. Both 3D models and semantically linked PMI data can be accurately and fully exchanged between different systems. QIF v 2.0 is a complete solution for CMM metrology applications and can be used in many other areas requiring a full 3D CAD interoperability. MBE/MBD model based definition is one of area where we expect a lot of growth in coming years” said Tomasz Luniewski, CEO and Founder of Capvidia.

About DMSC
The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC), is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developing Organization, as well as an A-Liaison to ISO TC 184.  QIF has been developed by quality measurement experts from NIST, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell FM&T, John Deere, Rolls Royce, Pratt Whitney, Boeing, Mitutoyo, Metrology Integrators, Capvidia, Origin International, Renishaw, Hexagon Metrology, Nikon Metrology, PAS Technology, Siemens PLM Software, Zeiss, IPI Solutions, and DISCUS.  These are many of the same experts who continue to maintain the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS).

QIF is a registered trademark of the DMSC.   © 2014 Capvidia