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

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What's New in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2018

With SOLIDWORKS MBD 2018, companies can move a step closer to a drawingless smart manufacturing process, with enhancements to 3D PDF templates, more responsive scaling to component size, and import capabilities for PMI information.

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SOLIDWORKS MBD is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS. It helps companies define, organize, and publish 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) including 3D model data in industry standard file formats, such as eDrawings® 3D PDF and STP242.

Unlike traditional 2D drawings, SOLIDWORKS MBD guides the manufacturing process directly in 3D, which helps streamline production, cut cycle time, reduce errors, and support industry standards such as Military-Standard-31000A, ASME Y14.41, ISO 16792, and DIN ISO 16792.


“With the emphasis on the direct-from-3D-model fabrication processes, it’s important that we shift our focus to model-based definition so that we can shorten our overall design cycle and simplify the way we do things. With SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition, the 3D model itself holds all the dimensional data necessary to make the part. This means less documentation creation, fewer emails flying around, and fewer files to sustain when the project is complete.”
-Ryan Trulli, Mechanical Engineer, GE Oil & Gas

Define PMI directly in 3D

SOLIDWORKS MBD defines PMI directly in 3D and avoiding the expensive, time-consuming, and risky 2D drawing detour, which can save up to one-third of the 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.

Clean and Structured 3D Presentation

Beyond 3D PMI Definition, SOLIDWORKS MBD helps organize the rich data into clean and structured 3D presentations with different views and display settings. 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. Messy display? Tedious navigation? Missing annotations? Problems solved!

Comply with industry standards

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps comply with the predominant industry standards, such as ASME Y14.41, Military-Standard-31000A, ISO 16792, ISO 10303-242, ISO 14739, and so on. This compliance gives you the competitive advantages to win more contracts and deliver projects to strict requirements, on time and on budget.

Need Printouts or 2D drawings? No problem.

SOLIDWORKS offers intuitive print support for both native files and 3D output. 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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SOLIDWORKS MBD Improve Quality, Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiency Whitepaper

  SOLIDWORKS MBD: Improve Quality, Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiency

Just as the move from 2D design tools to 3D CAD solutions revolutionized product development, the emergence of 3D model-based definition (MBD) integrated manufacturing technology offers substantial productivity advantages over the use of traditional 2D engineering drawings to drive manufacturing.

SOLIDWORKS MBD Drawingless Vs. Paperless Whitepaper

  SOLIDWORKS MBD: Drawingless Vs. Paperless

With the launch of SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD) 2015, I’ve heard lots of enthusiastic feedback from multiple job functions across the entire production cycle. For example, a manufacturing engineer pointed out: “I see MBD as a Poka-yoke (mistake proofing) opportunity in the elimination of 2D files by using the native model. I currently have an issue where I need to update over 200 drawings for tooling. Implementation of MBD would have saved considerable time and expense.”  

Case Studies

SOLIDWORKS MBD Recon Services Case Study

  SOLIDWORKS MBD: Recon Services Case Study

This is a discussion on SOLIDWORKS MBD software's abilities with regards to being compliant to the United States Department of Defense Standard MIL-STD-31000 Appendix B (MODEL BASED DEFINITION (MBD) – MODEL ORGANIZATIONAL SCHEMA).

SOLIDWORKS MBD Automatic Handling International Case Study

  SOLIDWORKS MBD: Automatic Handling International Case Study

Automatic Handling International, Inc. is a worldwide manufacturer of custom handling and packaging systems, serving leading companies in the pulp and paper, tissue and towel, nonwovens, fiberglass, agriculture, stone, and steel industries. With a mission of continuous internal and external improvement, Automatic Handling helps its customers improve efficiency while reducing costs by integrating the latest technology with proven machine designs. 

SOLIDWORKS MBD Wuzhong Instrument Case Study

  SOLIDWORKS MBD: Wuzhong Instrument Case Study

Wuzhong Instrument Co., Ltd. (WZI) is a leading global manufacturer of industrial control valve products. The company’s control valves, which became the preferred solution in the Chinese industrial market throughout the 1980s and 1990s, are now exported to markets around the world, including the United States, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Burma, and India.


Technical Illustration

Simplify creation of 2D graphical content directly from your CAD data for producing high quality technical illustrations that automatically update with design changes.

2D and 3D Content Publishing

Easily create high quality 2D and 3D technical communication with the greatest level of product detail and clarity for an interactive end-user experience.

Concurrent Product Communication Development

Create technical communications from the start of product development and update them automatically so that materials are finished and delivered simultaneously with your product.