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Data Probe Users Guide



David A. Sauder


Data Probes are software tools build using the emerging international Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data -- commonly referred to at STEP. A Data Probe is created, edit, or view data that conforms to the specification found in the information model from which it is created. It is also used to conveniently view information model.

Data Probe was built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology to assist in the development of STEP. A Data Probe may, however, be used by anyone that wishes to create and edit data corresponding to an information model. Data Probe is available as public domain software.

This document explains what Data Probes are, discusses what is involved in creating a Data Probe, explains how to run a Data Probe, and provides a detailed explanation of the commands needed to use a Data Probe.

NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5141
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data probes, PDES, product model data, STEP


Sauder, D. (1993), Data Probe Users Guide, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 24, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1993, Updated November 10, 2018