SOLIDWORKS MBD How-To Video Series (Part 2): How to Organize 3D Annotations

In Part 1 of this MBD How-to Video Series, we illustrated several techniques to define 3D annotations using SOLIDWORKS MBD. For example,

  • Set an overall detailing standard
  • Define location or size dimensions per the Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) schemes
  • Create annotations to continuous features
  • Call out annotations to intersection geometries
  • Annotate patterns
  • Modify dimension and tolerance styles.

Defining annotations is the foundation of model-based workflows, but it’s not enough. As illustrated in a previous blog post, MBD Implementation Dos and Don’ts: Organize and Present 3D PMI Clearly, it’s vital to make your MBD data consumable and actionable because people do judge a book by its cover. Hence comes Part 2 of this How-To tutorial video series.

In this video, Chris Pagliarini illustrated several widely used tools to present MBD data:

  • Adjust text scale
  • Assign callouts to annotation views.
  • Capture 3D views for various use cases
  • Set different display styles.
  • Organize notes, tables and statements in 2D Notes Area
  • Cut section views.


These techniques will not only make your SOLIDWORKS MBD data more presentable, they will also lay out a solid foundation to 3D PDF publishing. More details will be covered in Parts 3 and 4 of this video series later. Please stay tuned.

I hope you enjoyed this video. Please share your feedback in the comment area below. To learn more about SOLIDWORKS MBD, please watch this 22-minute webcast below and visit the SOLIDWORKS MBD product page.

Oboe Wu

Product portfolio manager of SOLIDWORKS MBD, passionate about smart manufacturing opportunities, Keen listener to customer challenges, Sharp problem solver with 20 years of experiences in engineering, Sleepless father trying best to take care of a baby daughter.