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A Brief History of Early Product Data Exchange Standards



Barbara L. Goldstein, Sharon J. Kemmerer, Curtis H. Parks


The following paper traces the history of product data exchange standards from the physical model through electronic representations such as IGES. This paper provides an understanding of the early efforts leading to ISO 10303--Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data (STEP), but does not cover STEP's development
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6221
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IGES, PDDI, PDES, STEP, Product Data Exchange


Goldstein, B. , Kemmerer, S. and Parks, C. (1998), A Brief History of Early Product Data Exchange Standards, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created August 31, 1998, Updated October 12, 2021