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Experience SOLIDWORKS MBD and learn how Drawingless Manufacturing is achieved

Article by Rod Mackay created/updated August 24, 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 offers substantial productivity advantages over the use of traditional 2D engineering drawings to drive manufacturing.

Drawingless 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.

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


A great way to experience SOLIDWORKS MBD is through free learning and case study videos included with MySolidWorks. The Learning Path/Course includes:

  • SOLIDWORKS MBD Overview – This module is a SOLIDWORKS MBD overview. It covers the process of defining a model in 3D, capturing 3D Views and publishing a 3D PDF.
  • 3D PMI Tools – This module covers additional Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) tools used to define a model in 3D. Apply reference dimensions.
  • Publishing and Consuming a 3D PDF and eDrawings Files – This module covers publishing and consuming 3D PDF and eDrawings files. Add custom properties and text fields. Publish a part to a 3D PDF.
  • And more lessons featuring the creation tools in SOLIDWORKS MBD.

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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.

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