Your 3D model as a source for all processes by recording product and manufacturing information (PMI) in order to be able to produce without drawing.

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SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model-Based Definition) lets you capture the information needed for your processes in the 3D model.

This allows you to produce and communicate without drawings, reducing errors, and accelerating your time to market. With SOLIDWORKS MBD you define and organise 3D PMI (Product & Manufacturing Information) into one source file. 3D PMI includes dimensions, geometric tolerances, surface finishes, weld symbols, parts lists, captions, tables, notes and metadata.

Instead of communicating with a 2D drawing on paper or digitally, you now share an eDrawing or 3D PDF. In this way you communicate effectively with your colleagues or suppliers and you meet the ISO 16792, DIN ISO 16792 industry standards.

The advantages of SOLIDWORKS MBD

  • Communicate directly in 3D 
    Ability to communicate via 3D PDF and eDrawings or via the neutral format STEP 242. In this way you can quickly and easily make your production information available for your production software.

  • Minimize rejects and post-processing
    Through easy 3D engineering communication with integrated 3D specifications, more clarity, less ambiguity and always up to date.

  • Speed ​​up your time to market
    Make communication clearer with integrated 3D specifications, which can also automatically control downstream applications, such as CAM and CMM measuring machine programming.

Define 3D annotations

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps you define function-based annotations in parts and assemblies (DimXpert) and import 3D annotations from common CAD formats for more efficient design.

Publish 3D data with annotations and views

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps you communicate directly in 3D. You can customize the software's templates, control the accuracy and PDF formats, publish BOMs and notes, attach multiple files when publishing, create and attach STEP 242 files. SOLIDWORKS MBD can also run eDrawings or STEP 242 with software readable annotations.


Minimize scrap and finishing

In contrast to miscommunication and production based on dated 2D drawings, SOLIDWORKS MBD enables 3D engineering communication with integrated 3D specifications, more clarity, less ambiguity and a shorter update path.


Reduce service costs

SOLIDWORKS MBD defines and organises intuitive 3D integrated specifications integrated with models, which shorten the learning curve. High quality STEP 242 and 3D PDF output complies with LOTAR (Long Term Archival and Retrieval) standard.

Eliminate time-to-market delays

SOLIDWORKS MBD adds clarity in production communication with 3D integrated specifications, which can also automatically control downstream applications, such as CAM and CMM programming. SOLIDWORKS MBD enables 3D annotations that go beyond geometry-based programming.



SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020 - Annotation Folders

Learn how individual annotations are now displayed in folders below each annotation view to help visualise the relationship between annotations and the view it is assigned to.

Model Based Definition Whitepaper

Most successful manufacturers today have achieved significant productivity gains by migrating from 2D tools to 3D product development design systems.

Automatic Handeling Case Study

Not only did Automatic Handling International realize design accuracy and efficiency gains during the development of its custom handling and packaging systems, which resulted in time and cost savings, the company also achieved a paperless model-based definition (MBD) approach to production, delivering additional production savings.


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