Since I started in the CAD field 20 years ago, there’s been so much that has changed within the Engineering community  and I want to focus on Product and Manufacturing Information or PMI as it’s known and how we have started to apply that drawing information to 3D CAD.
In the old days, they, and by ‘they’ I mean the drafting board gods that came before me, did things differently.  Those old board guys would hold me accountable for small drafting changes to drawings that would steer my complete attention to every detail. Today, I do appreciate the guidance they gave me and now I can apply it to Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI). So, when the question comes up, what’s Product and Manufacturing Information and how do we go about applying PMI to the 3D model? It really comes down to a common process that should be implemented to the users within your company. Product Manufacturing and Information is used to convey concise information about the design with geometric dimensioning and tolerance, 3D annotation, surface finish and material call outs.
NX Product Manufacturing  Information not only reduces the need to generate 2D drawings; it also enables downstream users  and applications to directly access this information for automating  tasks such as CNC programming, tolerance stack up analysis and CMM analysis using other Siemens Products as well as third party applications.  Now, you’re reducing errors in encountered as a result of manual translations and enforces “characteristic accountability’” for the final product definition. As a result, product teams have enterprise-wide access to the right data at the right time with reduced errors and greater speed because there’s no need to re-enter data from a drawing.
So, can you get PMI? Yes, PMI tools are included with many NX Mach series solution packages, and available as an add-on module for earlier NX installations.