What is SOLIDWORKS MBD?
SOLIDWORKS® MBD (Model Based Definition) is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 3D design software.
You can communicate product and manufacturing information (PMI) directly in 3D, bypassing time-consuming 2D processes, and eliminating potential problems.
Why drawingless communication works?
SOLIDWORKS MBD defines PMI directly in 3D and avoiding the expensive, time-consuming, and risky 2D drawing detour. 3D PMI helps speed up communication, cut quoting time, and reduce errors thanks to its 3D data interrogation, interactivity, and rich Meta properties.
Companies embracing model-based definition methodologies report savings in multiple areas, including reductions in manufacturing errors, decrease in scrap and rework costs, and lower procurement costs for purchased parts.
Take a first look at SOLIDWORKS MBD
SOLIDWORKS MBD Capabilities
Capture complete product data, including title block and BOM information, in multiple 3D Views that can be easily exported to industry standard formats.
“Because SOLIDWORKS is a full-featured, integrated product development environment, it helps us design very quickly and competitively. It has an extensive range of technologies and tight integration between all of the modules that we use across the entire order lead-time.”
R&D–Mechanical Designer/CAD Manager, Baltur
“The instruments we build are used all over the world to protect human life. We are making a difference.”
Manager of Product Development, Measurand
SOLIDWORKS MBD Features
Share 3D PMI data to get designs to production faster
Present 3D data in a clean and structured fashion
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 are rotating the model to give you extra clarity while still respecting all the critical-to-function annotations.
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.
Customize 3D output templates
SOLIDWORKS MBD delivers a comprehensive set of predefined templates out-of-the-box.
Several aspects of the 3D Output Template, such as layout, company, or department logos; 3D viewport and thumbnails; text descriptions; Meta-property links; and tables can also be customized to address specific deliverables, such as Engineering Drawings, Request for Quote (RFQ), and Inspection Reports.
Once set up, these templates can serve as internal and external process guidelines for all departments, such as manufacturing, operations, quality, and procurement.
Output and distribute 3D data to an existing process
SOLIDWORKS MBD publishes widely accepted file formats, such as eDrawings® and 3D PDF files that are often used in existing processes. eDrawings files can be opened in a free eDrawings Viewer.
3D PDF can be viewed using a variety of free tools including Adobe™ Reader. In addition to providing associative information such as engineering notes, BOM, and rich Meta properties, you can also explore the model in 3D with Pan, Zoom, Rotate, Measure, Section, and other 3D tools.
SOLIDWORKS MBD Benefits
Easy to use software which will adapt to your business process
Comply with industry standards
SOLIDWORKS MBD helps companies comply with predominant industry standards, such as MIL-STD-31000A, ASME Y14.41, ISO 16792, DIN ISO 16792, and GB/T 24734. Compliance gives you competitive advantages to win more contracts and deliver projects to strict requirements, on time, and on budget.
Share and reuse intelligent 3D data
SOLIDWORKS MBD helps you share and archive intuitive 3D data, including the models, PMI, views, and Meta properties, so that you and your suppliers don’t have to waste time in re-modeling based on traditional 2D Drawings.
With the 3D data, you can upgrade your legacy product configurations to new models much faster and easily design tooling and fixtures.
Work hand-in-hand with 2D drawings and printouts
SOLIDWORKS MBD integrates seamlessly with existing SOLIDWORKS 2D drawings. The PMI and Views created in 3D are readily available for reuse in 2D. Easily create views containing geometry and PMI using the built in template editor.
Easier adoption of the model-based practices
For easier adoptions of the model-based practices, several convenient capabilities have been included in every seat of SOLIDWORKS. With SOLIDWORKS, you can annotate a 3D part or assembly, organize the 3D definitions with annotation views and communicate in eDrawings all directly in 3D.