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Drawing-less operation to streamline and accelerate production
SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model Based Definition) is an integrated drawing-less manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 3D design software. SOLIDWORKS MBD guides the manufacturing process directly in 3D. You can deﬁne, organize, and publish 3D PMI, including 3D model data, in industry-standard ﬁle formats (such as SOLIDWORKS ﬁles, eDrawings®, 3D PDF, and STEP 242). Companies embracing model-based definition methodologies report savings from reduced manufacturing errors, decreased scrap and rework costs, and lower procurement costs for purchased parts.
SOLIDWORKS MBD puts data within the SOLIDWORKS 3D environment, such as product models, dimensions, geometric tolerances, surface ﬁnishes, welding symbols, BOMs, callouts, tables, notes, meta properties, and other annotations. Because all the information needed to guide the operation is integrated with the 3D models, traditional 2D drawings are no longer needed. The intuitive, interactive 3D PMI from SOLIDWORKS MBD serves multiple operational uses and helps groups across the operation, such as design, procurement, fabrication, assembly, quality, sales, marketing, clients, and suppliers.
Define PMI directly in 3D
SOLIDWORKS MBD deﬁnes PMI directly in 3D, avoiding the expense and time associated with developing and maintaining 2D drawings, which can run up to 50 percent of total development cost. Creating 3D PMI also helps speed up communication, cut supplier quoting time, and reduce errors, thanks to 3D data integration, interactivity, and rich meta properties.
Furthermore, the intelligent 3D PMI defined by SOLIDWORKS MBD further automates downstream manufacturing procedures, such as Tolerance Analysis, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), or Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) by minimizing manual 2D drawing interpretation and tolerance re-entry.
Present 3D data in a clean and structured fashion
Beyond 3D PMI deﬁnition, SOLIDWORKS MBD helps organize rich data into clean, 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 including critical-to-function annotations.
Customize 3D output templates
SOLIDWORKS MBD delivers a comprehensive set of predeﬁned templates. Several aspects of the 3D Output Template, such as layout sheets, company, or department logos; multiple 3D viewports and thumbnails, notes, meta-property links, and tables can be customized to address speciﬁc deliverables. 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 3D PDF STEP 242 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.
Share, archive, and reuse intelligent 3D data
SOLIDWORKS MBD helps you directly share, archive, and reuse intelligent 3D data including geometry, PMI, views, and data so that you and your suppliers don’t have to waste time creating traditional 2D drawings.
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. The built-in printout support, such as multiple 3D PDF viewports and multiple 3D PDF sheets, fits into your existing paper-based processes very easily.