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Streamline Your Operations with 3D Drawings

How much time, money, and resources do you spend in creating and maintaining traditional 2D drawings? What are the typical problems you face? As 3D design becomes more prevalent, the limitations of traditional 2D drawings become more apparent—expensive and time-consuming to create and maintain; prone to mismatch with the 3D model (leading to massive production waste); not compliant with widely accepted and mandated industry standards.


With SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition, you can communicate product and manufacturing information (PMI) directly in 3D, bypassing time-consuming 2D processes, and eliminating potential problems.


Adopting a Drawingless Operation will streamline and accelerate your production
Define PMI directly in 3D

Define PMI directly in 3D

SOLIDWORKS MBD defines PMI directly in 3D, avoiding the expense and time associated with developing 2D drawings, which can run up to 50 percent of your total development cost.

Creating 3D PMI also helps speed up communication, cut supplier quoting time, and reduce errors, thanks to its 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 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.


Customized 3D 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, 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.


Modernize your Product Information


SOLIDWORKS MBD allows you to bypass time-consuming 2D processes, and eliminate potential problems

Present in 3D

Define PMI data as dimensions, tolerances, model data, surface finish, weld symbols, Bill-of-Materials (BOM), tables, notes, and other annotations

Customize 3D output

Customize templates for multiple deliverables [such as engineering drawings and request for quote (RFQ)], and departments [such as Operations, Manufacturing, QA, and Procurement].

Support Standards

Support industry standards, such as Military-Standard-31000A, ASME Y14.41, ISO 16792, and DIN ISO 16792.

Publish Data

Publish 3D data and PMI in industry standard file formats, such as 3D PDF and eDrawings®.

Benefits of Model Based Definition

Drawingless Operation to Streamline and Accelerate Production

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.

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 the time creating traditional 2D drawings.

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.

Collaborate with all your stakeholders

Need manufacturing annotations from the shop floor or outside vendors? No problem! With SOLIDWORKS MBD your collaborators can easily review and comment on your design in SOLIDWORKS, eDrawings, or 3D PDF format. The comments are saved in your 3D output to review, approve, change, or archive.


Value Added Services from Javelin

In-class Training

In-class courses are available for your team to learn how to use and customize SOLIDWORKS MBD.

Online Live Training

Learn SOLIDWORKS MBD live online from your location with exclusive training from Javelin's experts.

Custom Training

Get a custom MBD training course designed specifically to meet the needs of your team, delivered at your location.

Implementation & Setup

We can help you to install and setup your software. Implementation can be provided remotely or on-site at your location.

Live Technical Support

Get technical help to protect your investment in SOLIDWORKS MBD, and ensure that the software is optimized.

Automatic Upgrades

Get automatic upgrades to the most up-to-date version of SOLIDWORKS MBD so your team can maintain operational efficiency.

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With the automation that we’ve achieved integrating SOLIDWORKS with our ERP...it’s much easier to visualize and model designs in SOLIDWORKS, and we’ve been able to automate fabrication by employing MBD techniques.

Anderson Viecelli Owner and Engineering Manager, VIECELLI MÓVEIS LTDA

With emphasis on direct from-3D-model fabrication processes, it’s important that we shift our focus to model-based definition so that we can shorten our overall design cycle and simplify the way we do things.

Ryan Trulli Mechanical Engineer, GE Oil & Gas

SOLIDWORKS MBD's compliance to MIL-STD_31000 Appendix B is close to 100% … the ability to achieve a highly compliant MBD model viewing schema is as good as, or even better than other CAD systems.

Rich Eckenrode Co-Chairman of MIL-STD-31000 manufacturing subcommittee


By integrating SOLIDWORKS design software and its ERP system, Viecelli Móveis can extract all required BOM, geometry, and dimensioning information from the associated SOLIDWORKS eDrawings file, eliminating the need to create 2D engineering drawings.

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