SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition

Define Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) directly in 3D

SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) defines (PMI) directly in 3D, avoiding the expense and time associated with developing 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 interrogation, interactivity, and rich meta properties.

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, company, or department logos; 3D viewport and thumbnails; text descriptions; 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 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.

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.