I don't think STEP AP242 supports 3D Views.
I think that the purpose of this format is having manufacturing applications read PMI.
Manufacturing applications can interpret those annotations regardless of their organization in 3D views.
You can find more information about STEP AP 242 here:
If you need human interpretation of your MBD data, you might want to consider other formats to share your data:
- Native SOLIDWORKS file (3D views can be accessed in read-only mode in SOLIDWORKS even if you don't have MBD, or you can use eDrawings)
- 3D PDF with STEP AP 242 file attached for manufacturing purposes
An interesting response considering what else is - or more importantly what else isn't - in the STEP file.
Only "presentation" data - geometry and notes used to draw the annotations to make them visible to a human - exists in this file.
There is no "semantic" data that could be used by a manufacturing application.
I believe I will address this with SolidWorks directly so that we can someday consume pertinent data from a AP242 file generated by the MBD addin.
Thanks Peter. Our visions are aligned.
We are working on exporting machine-readable 3D annotations in STP242.
The implementation recommendations are relatively new and still evolving. Also the handshaking between design and manufacturing via STP242 taking two steps: exporting by CAD and importing by CAM. So it will take some time to perfect the process.
I've read more details about the AP 242 project: it's very ambitious and it will result in a very high level of interoperability between systemes and very rich information in the file.