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Move your critical manufacturing information from 2D drawings to 3D parts and package it to be easily accessed downstream in the manufacturing process with SOLIDWORKS MBD. 

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Communicate Product and Manufacturing Information in 3D

Engineering drawings have always been the go-to for product manufacturing information. They often still are, but if you have a digital 3D companion, you can communicate more effectively downstream and reduce errors and frustrating back-and-forth.

Whether you want to go completely paperless and drawingless, or you simply want to provide more detailed manufacturing information, SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model Based Definition) is an effective tool to provide all your information the first time. The software uses the MBD Dimensions (formerly DimXpert) PMI annotations from SOLIDWORKS and organizes them to specific planes that can be toggled on and off, cleaning up the model and providing information on demand. These information-packed 3D models can then be exported as STEP 242, 3D PDF, or eDrawings files.


Define 3D Annotations
SOLIDWORKS MBD helps you define feature-based annotations in parts and assemblies and import 3D annotations from common CAD formats for more efficient design.
Organize 3D Annotations
When the number of 3D annotations becomes too many, you can show and hide them automatically as a model rotates, capture comprehensive settings with 3D views like visual bookmarks, compare 3D annotation differences between revisions to capture subtle but critical differences, and reuse 3D views in 2D drawings when necessary.
Publish 3D Data with Annotations and Views
SOLIDWORKS MBD helps you communicate directly in 3D. If you like 3D PDFs, the software can customize the templates, control accuracies and PDF sizes, publish BOM tables and notes, attach multiple files upon publishing, and create and attach STEP 242 files. SOLIDWORKS MBD can also output eDrawings or STEP 242 files with software-readable annotations.
Minimize Scrap and Rework
Unlike manufacturing based on dated 2D drawings, SOLIDWORKS MBD facilitates 3D engineering communication with integrated 3D specifications, greater clarity, reduced ambiguity, and a shorter update path.
Eliminate Service Costs and Time-to-Market Delays
SOLIDWORKS MBD adds clarity in manufacturing communication with integrated 3D specifications which can also drive downstream applications automatically such as CAM and CMM programming. SOLIDWORKS MBD enables 3D annotations beyond geometry-based programming.


MBD is relatively new, but the underlying engineering concepts of geometrical tolerancing are not. At Hawk Ridge, we have been working with those techniques in SOLIDWORKS since around 2005 and bring extensive experience.

  • We helped an automotive customer take their first steps toward a paperless environment by putting their first engineering drawings into dynamic 3D PDF outputs.
  • We assisted an aerospace customer that worked with a supplier using CATIA to be able to read CATIA documents with embedded PMI.
  • We worked closely with a big player in the marine industry to eliminate thousands of paper drawings from the shop floor and replace them with digital 3D versions.
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If you are interested in supplementing your drawings, or even possibly going drawingless, using 3D PMI annotations, we are here to help you succeed. From software implementation to mentoring and consulting, we offer a full range of professional services to dig in and help solve your biggest design challenges.

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We offer training pathways for every schedule and learning style including online, in-person, and on-demand content. Through our partnership with SolidProfessor, we offer a self-paced GD&T training course, developed by leading authorities in the industry.



We have been supporting 3D PMI dimensions since it was released. This is built into every version of SOLIDWORKS and is the foundation of MBD. Regardless of if you own MBD or just want to add additional 3D information to your designs, our team of professionals are here to help you out.

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Whether you are looking for on-demand training, access to the latest software releases, exclusive resources and offers, or just needing expert support – there's a subscription option for you.

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I have SOLIDWORKS, do I need MBD to annotate my 3D models?
You do not need MBD to do that. SOLIDWORKS comes with a feature called MBD Dimensions (formerly DimXpert) and allows full dimensional definition straight on the 3D design. The MBD add-in enables you to organize that information using model views and publish as STEP 242, eDrawings, and 3D PDF files using built-in PDF templates. MBD organizes the annotations and packages it up so it can be used downstream.
Will SOLIDWORKS MBD really replace my 2D drawings?
To be honest, probably not. MBD is a powerful 3D dimensioning and annotation tool but doesn’t always allow for all needed 2D technical drawing information to be packed into the 3D model. For simple, single part drawings it is very possible to replace 2D drawings entirely, but in most cases it’s a companion file to eliminate drawing misinterpretation.
Is SOLIDWORKS required to use MBD? and Views
Yes, MBD is an add-on to SOLIDWORKS that utilizes current PMI and metadata to publish 3D annotated models.
How does MBD feed into our Inspection process?
Since MBD takes advantage of the 3D PMI annotations that are available within SOLIDWORKS, the MBD add-on is not needed in order to use SOLIDWORKS Inspection directly from the 3D model using 3D PMI dimensions.


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