SOLIDWORKS Short: Maximize Your 3D with MBD

The world’s not flat…and neither are your products…but somehow manufacturing drawings still are (in most cases). SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD) was built to reflect the world around us from a manufacturing perspective. While 2D drawings have served us well over 200 years, they present challenges because they are:

  • Counter-intuitive by definition,
  • Prone to errors in both creation and consumption,
  • Expensive to produce and maintain,
  • Easy to mismatch with 3D design, and
  • Incompatible with highly productive 3D applications such as simulation and 3D printing.

The most notable pain point for designers and engineers: needing to constantly convert design data between 2D and 3D models during production. This steady back and forth of manual remodeling often results in human error requiring data re-entry. SOLIDWORKS MBD was created to eliminate the conversion of 3D data to 2D documents. 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, ISO 16792, DIN ISO 16792, and GB 24734.

In this interview with Product Manager, Oboe Wu, you will learn how SOLIDWORKS MBD enables you to leverage 3D design data throughout your organization to put redundant tasks to bed.



The power of 3D data does not stop in the product department. It can be extended across your entire business. Watch part two of this interview to learn how SOLIDWORKS MBD can serve multiple departments and job functions.



To learn more about SOLIDWORKS MBD, visit the product page, or connect with Oboe on Twitter (@OboeWu) or LinkedIn (OboeWu).





Cliff Medling

Cliff Medling is a Senior Marketing Manager at SolidWorks and the host for the Born to Design Podcast.