SOLIDWORKS MBD

Learn how to communicate product and manufacturing information (PMI) directly in 3D

SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021 Bend Tables

SOLIDWORKS MBD Bend Tables

This is personal opinion time; I think SOLIDWORKS MBD will be the new future in terms of drafting. Right now it’s a hidden gem that’s not being fully utilized. Its maximum potential has yet be realized by the mass of engineering folks. While SOLIDWORKS MBD has been around for the better part of this decade,…

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Datum Targets now available in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021

SOLIDWORKS MBD Datum Targets

In SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021, Datum Targets are now available. Previously only Datums were available,  but now in MBD 2021, Datum Targets can be added to a Datum. The Datum Target command is available from the MBD Dimensions tab but is greyed out if no Datums are defined. Once invoked there are various options for creating…

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Organizing the Annotation Folder in SOLIDWORKS MBD

SOLIDWORKS MBD Annotation Folder

SOLIDWORKS MBD (model-based design/definition) has some new Annotation organizational features for the 2020 release. When viewing annotations, they can now be displayed per the annotation view. This will help you to identify PMI (Product & Manufacturing Data) for a specific view. SOLIDWORKS strives best with bi-lateral communication between the graphics area and the design tree…

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020 Compound Hole Callouts

A long awaited feature we desperately needed was a fix on the hole callouts in SOLIDWORKS MBD (model based definition). New for SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020 are hole callouts and not only that but compound hole callouts. I have tested this on many types of holes as seen in the pictures here. As you can see,…

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SOLIDWORKS MBD PDF Security Settings

SOLIDWORKS MBD has come a long way since it initially released back in 2015. Adding dimensions or using existing design dimensions to publish directly into a manufacturable PDF saves time and interpretation errors. SOLIDWORKS 2019 has now added more features to the already innovative PDF.  You can now add security measures to the 3D PDF….

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 2019 now includes Cosmetic Threads

A once sore subject with SOLIDWORKS MBD is “Cosmetic Thread” appearance or lack of. Well, SOLIDWORKS MBD 2019 takes care of that. Now when you save out a PDF you get to see the thread picture. If you are not aware of Cosmetic Threads, please take a look at a couple of our SOLIDWORKS articles…

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SOLIDWORKS MBD now has support for Sheet Metal

SOLIDWORKS MBD Sheet Metal

SOLIDWORKS MBD is a fantastic tool that eliminates the need for standard 2D drawings on the shop floor by creating and communicating design information directly onto your model. SOLIDWORKS MBD was first introduced in 2015 and has come a long way to deliver even more industry specific features. Now SOLIDWORKS MBD Sheet Metal support is…

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How to Adopt Model Based Definition (MBD) Guide

Model Based Definition guide

Download the “How-To Adopt Model Based Definition Guide” to learn best practices that will help you shorten the learning curve for adopting MBD and achieve the fastest possible ROI. Companies initially adopt Model Based Definition to improve communication with manufacturing and suppliers, but its benefits expand well beyond dialogue. In fact results from research conducted…

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Balloon models & new import formats in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2018, the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-in supports creating reports from SOLIDWORKS part and assembly models.  Balloons can be added to model dimensions, notes, GD&Ts, and hole callouts created in SOLIDWORKS MBD or using DimXpert.     Inspection reports can be exported to Excel, eDrawings 2D PDF and where SOLIDWORKS MBD is installed, to 3D…

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