This forum focuses on implementation of STEP in CAD systems (mostly 3D mechanical CAD). While other forums concern other domains : PDM-IF for PDM, EA-Team for Analysis and Computation …
The motivation of CAx-IF, as "Computer Aided X Implementor Forum", is to manage joint efforts to make easier and quicker the implementation and use of STEP in CAD data exchanges, to ensure that user's requirement are satisfied : this forum has been opened to manage joint efforts. Its approach is to establish a common test activity in the CAD area, jointly managed by PDES.Inc (USA) and ProSTEP (Germany). Its goals are to :
Experience shows that one of the major barriers to interoperability using STEP and to its use in production is the initial quality of models, not STEP itself : many STEP translation failures and errors occur due to user modeling practices and/or CAD system algorithm errors. Join works allow check, improve, and prove, interoperability in real cases.
By working in CAx-IF , we share informations on the actual and coming needs for exchanges by STEP and how to address them : which definitions are involved (data schema), how to use them ("recommended practices"), interoperability use cases and tests, limits and issues met with the actual standard and coming evolutions : for actual needs not yet satisfied or for expressed needs, in particular about long term archiving.
So, participation in CAx-IF Work Shops and Test Rounds allows DATAKIT to
Source: PDES Inc website