Eliminate Traditional 2D Processes with 3D Drawings

Article by Rod Mackay updated June 10, 2015


Just as the move from 2D design tools to 3D CAD solutions revolutionized product development, the emergence of 3D model-based definition (MBD) integrated manufacturing technology, through 3D drawings, offers substantial productivity advantages over the use of traditional 2D engineering drawings to drive manufacturing.

MBD drawingless manufacturing solutions extend the benefits of 3D design to manufacturing, including time and cost savings—through improved, more tightly integrated communication of Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) for production—as well as reduced scrap/rework, improved accuracy, and faster throughput.

3D Drawings created with SOLIDWORKS MBD

3D Drawings created with SOLIDWORKS MBD

SOLIDWORKS® MBD software automates the generation, organization, customization, and sharing of PMI data required for production in easier-to-understand, more information-rich 3D drawings such as SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies, eDrawings, and 3D PDF, giving product development and manufacturing operations a significant competitive edge.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.