SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) is an integrated drawing-less manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS. It helps companies define and organize 3D dimensions, tolerances, datums, notes, Bill Of Materials (BOM) and other PMI. It also customizes publishing templates to serve manufacturing use cases such as Part or Assembly Specifications, Request for Quote (RFQ), Incoming Inspection Report and so on, then publish to widely accepted formats such as eDrawings and 3D PDF, which greatly lowers the 3D communication barrier. 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 and ISO 16792.


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Define PMI Directly in 3D

SOLIDWORKS MBD defines PMI directly in 3D and avoids the expensive, time-consuming, and risky 2D drawing detour, which can save up to one-third of the total engineering cost. 3D PMI also helps to speed up communication, cut quoting time, and reduce errors with 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. No more Messy display, tedious navigation and missing annotations!


Customize 3D Output Templates

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. SOLIDWORKS MBD covers them all. Once they are set up, these templates will serve as internal and external process guidelines for all departments, such as Manufacturing, Operations, QA, and Procurement as well as multiple deliverables, including engineering drawings, Request for Quote (RFQ), inspection report, and work instructions. In addition, SOLIDWORKS MBD delivers a comprehensive set of predefined templates to use out of the box.


Easy 3D Output and Distribution

SOLIDWORKS MBD publishes widely accepted file formats such as eDrawings and 3D PDF according to the predefined or customized templates. 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. The easy and popular 3D output provides additional clarity to help reduce errors, speed up communication, and cut cycle time.


Comply with Industry Standards

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps comply with the predominant industry standards, such as ASME Y14.41, Military-Standard-31000A, ISO 16792, 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. Customers looking to meet United States Government standards will be encouraged by the assessment of Rich Eckenrode, Co-Chairman of the Military-Standard-31000 manufacturing sub-committee. Mr. Eckenrode defined the MBD requirements for the government procurement officers and has stated: “SOLIDWORKS MBD’s compliance to Military-Standard-31000 Appendix B is close to 100% …”.


Share and Archive Intelligent and Intuitive 3D Data

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps you to share and archive intuitive 3D data, including the models, PMI, views, and meta properties, so that you and your suppliers do not have to waste time in re-modeling based on traditional 2D Drawings. With the 3D data, you can upgrade your legacy product configurations, design tooling and fixtures to new models easily.


Printouts or 2D Drawings

SOLIDWORKS MBD also delivers print-friendly templates for the best results. Furthermore, it 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.





3D PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) Definition

Associative with SOLIDWORKS geometry

Intelligent Dimensioning, Tolerancing, and Annotation for Parts (DimXpert)

DimXpert for Assemblies

Freestyle Dimensioning, Tolerancing, and Annotation (Reference Dimensions)

Comprehensive Bill of Material (BOM)

3D PMI Organization

3D Annotation Views

Automatic Show and Hide Annotations as a Model Rotates

Visual 3D Views

3D PMI Compare

3D Publishing / Output

3D PDF Template Customization

Rich Predefined 3D PDF Templates

3D PDF with 3D PMI , Views, and Meta Properties

STEP AP242 with PMI 

Multiple attachments including AP242 upon publishing