SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model Based Definition) is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 3D design software.

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SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model Based Definition) is a built-in drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS. It helps companies define, organize, and publish 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) in industry standard file formats such as 3D PDF and eDrawings®. Unlike traditional 2D drawings, by guiding the manufacturing process directly in 3D, SOLIDWORKS MBD allows for streamlined production, lower cycle times, and reduced errors.

SOLIDWORKS MBD sets data such as product models, dimensions, geometric tolerances, surface finishes, welding symbols, bill of materials (BOM), callouts, tables, notes, Meta properties, and other annotations within the SOLIDWORKS 3D environment in 3D PMI. Because all the information needed to guide the operation is integrated with the 3D models, traditional 2D drawings are no longer needed. The interactive 3D PMI provided by SOLIDWORKS MBD serves many operational use cases, such as part and assembly engineering drawings, Request for Quote (RFQ), and Inspection Reports. It also helps multiple departments and stakeholders across the operation, such as design, procurement, fabrication, assembly, quality, sales, marketing, clients, and suppliers.

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SOLIDWORKS MBD Model Based Design Define PMI directly in 3D

Define PMI directly in 3D

SOLIDWORKS MBD allows you to define PMI directly in 3D so you can avoid the time-consuming and risky 2D drawing detour, which can lead to big savings in total engineering dollars. 3D PMI also helps speed up communication, cut quoting time, and reduce errors thanks to its 3D data interrogation, interactivity, and rich Meta properties.

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SOLIDWORKS® MBD (Model Based Definition) is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 3D design software. With SOLIDWORKS MBD, you can communicate product and manufacturing information (PMI) directly in 3D, bypassing time-consuming 2D processes, and eliminating potential problems.



MBD Workflow Case Study: Viecelli Moveis

See how Brazilian furniture manufacture manufacturer Viecelli Móveis, leveraged SOLIDWORKS design software, the open SOLIDWORKS Application Programming Interface (API), and SOLIDWORKS eDrawings files to integrate design data into their business processes, enabling a more efficient, 3D model-based definition (MBD) approach to production.



MIL-STD-31000A Compliance

Looking to gain more business by meeting United States Government standards? Read the assessment of SOLIDWORKS MBD compliance by Rich Eckenrode, Co-Chairman of the Military-Standard-31000 manufacturing sub-committee. Mr. Eckenrode defined the MBD requirements for the government procurement officers.


Clean and Structured 3D Presentation

In addition to 3D PMI Definition, SOLIDWORKS MBD organizes the rich data into clean and structured 3D presentations with different views and display settings. To eliminate the problem of messy, crowded display and tedious navigation, it can even intelligently show and hide 3D annotations while you rotate the model to give you extra clarity while respecting all the critical-to-function annotations.

SOLIDWORKS MBD Model Based Design Clean and Structured 3D Presentation
SOLIDWORKS MBD Model Based Design Customize 3D Output Templates

Customize 3D Output Templates

SOLIDWORKS MBD delivers a comprehensive set of predefined, print-friendly templates to use out of the box. By providing an easy-to-use PDF template editor, you can serve multiple deliverables and departments by customizing the 3D Output Templates. You can build the layout, insert company or group logo, position the 3D View port and thumbnails, edit the text descriptions, embed Meta property links, and add tables. Once they are set up, these templates can function as internal and external process guidelines for all departments, including Manufacturing, Operations, QA, and Procurement on different types of deliverables, such as engineering drawings, Request for Quote (RFQ), inspection report, and work instructions.

Easy 3D output and distribution

SOLIDWORKS MBD publishes widely accepted file formats such as eDrawings® and 3D PDF. eDrawings files can be opened in a free eDrawings Viewer and 3D PDF can be viewed in a free Adobe Reader which is installed on 93% of Internet connected machines. In addition to 2D information such as engineering notes, BOM, and rich Meta properties (Part Numbers, Materials, and Approvals), you can also interrogate the model in 3D with Pan, Zoom, Rotate, Measure, Section, and other 3D tools, providing additional clarity to help reduce errors, speed up communication, and cut cycle time.

SOLIDWORKS MBD Model Based Design Easy 3D output and distribution


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Comply with industry standards

SOLIDWORKS MBD assists you in compliance with the major industry standards, such as ASME Y14.41, Military-Standard-31000A, ISO 16792, and others. This gives you the competitive advantages to win more contracts and deliver projects to strict requirements, on time and on budget.

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Need Printouts or 2D drawings? No problem.

Drawingless doesn’t have to mean paperless. SOLIDWORKS MBD also delivers print-friendly templates for the best results. Furthermore, SOLIDWORKS MBD seamlessly integrates with SOLIDWORKS 2D Drawings. The PMI and Views created in 3D are readily available for reuse in 2D, which can save you time and fit well into existing processes.

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