SOLIDWORKS MBD

SOLIDWORKS MBD is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 3D design software. Streamline your operations, cut cycle time, reduce errors, and comply with industry standards today.

Communicate product information, save time and reduce errors

No more time and money spent on creating and maintaining 2D drawings. SOLIDWORKS MBD, Model Based Definition, is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design software.

With SOLIDWORKS MBD, you can communicate product and manufacturing information (PMI) directly in 3D, bypassing time-consuming 2D processes, and eliminating potential problems.

SOLIDWORKS MBD defines PMI directly in 3D and avoiding the expensive, time-consuming, and risky 2D drawing detour, which can save up to one-third of the total engineering dollars. 3D PMI also helps speed up communication, cut quoting time, and reduce errors thanks to its 3D data interrogation, interactivity and rich Meta properties.

Why SOLIDWORKS MBD?

There are plenty of reasons. Here are three important benefits:

  • Reduce cost to create and maintain 2D drawings
  • Reduce errors due to misinterpretation of design intent
  • Decrease work costs and lower procurement costs for purchased parts

Want to see SOLIDWORKS MBD features?

Quickly define and organize design and manufacturing information with SOLIDWORKS MBD. Learn about all features and functions now.

Functions and features

Functions and featuresSOLIDWORKS MBD
Define 3D Annotations
Organize 3D Annotations
Publish 3D Data with Annotations and Views
Minimize Scrap and Rework
Eliminate Time-to-market Delays
Reduce Service Costs

Want to learn more? Download SOLIDWORKS MBD product sheet here.

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Frequently asked questions

To make an informed choice about SOLIDWORKS, you need all the relevant information. Here are the answers to the questions we are asked most frequently.

Important Information about SOLIDWORKS Business Model Changes Coming in July 2023

Dassault Systèmes has announced that there will be changes in their business models starting from July 1st 2023.

  • New SOLIDWORKS Perpetual Licenses: All new purchases of CAD license Subscriptions will automatically include SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services.
    • All new SOLIDWORKS Perpetual licenses require two years of initial subscription with Cloud Services at the time of purchase.
    • The subscription with Cloud Services will experience an uplift in price to a fraction of the cost of the value included.
  • New SOLIDWORKS Term Licenses: All new SOLIDWORKS CAD TERM licenses will automatically include SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services.
    • Term licensing will experience an uplift in price to a fraction of the cost of the value included.
  • Existing Subscription: It does not affect your current SOLIDWORKS CAD licenses on subscription and the price will not change. However, you will have the flexibility to upgrade to a Subscription with Cloud Services for a nominal fee.

Read about the changes and how they will affect different licenses here: Important Information about SOLIDWORKS Business Model Changes Coming in July 2023

Can I get SOLIDWORKS for free?

Unfortunately, a SOLIDWORKS license is not free. The software comes in 3 different packages Standard, Professional and Premium, which all have various functionalities and prices. Learn more above or contact us.

However, Dassault Systèmes offers the software to students for education. If your school or university already has SOLIDWORKS Education, the student access is automatically available for you as student. Your professor will provide a license code granting you instant access. If not, please contact us, and we will help you gain access. Researchers, who meet requirements are also eligible for attractive discounts.

Start-ups that meet certain requirements can obtain access to SOLIDWORKS for free for the first year to help you to get started.

SOLIDWORKS also offers network licenses to eligible incubators, who help start-ups. This provides them with the best tools to work with from the beginning of their journey.

Finally, if you are interested in investing in SOLIDWORKS, but want to test the capabilities of the software first, our free trials may be a great option for you.

Contact us to learn more about your options.

Can I rent SOLIDWORKS?

Yes, you can.

With SOLIDWORKS Term licensing you’ll forget all about expensive one-time licenses. It gives you the opportunity to explore the benefits of having a flexible and scalable solution, where you pay for the software on a subscription basis.  

Read more about options for renting SOLIDWORKS.

How do I learn how to use SOLIDWORKS?

Although SOLIDWORKS is one of the most intuitive CAD solutions on the market, its immense capability can be challenging to take advantage of.

We offer an extensive range of trainings, where you and your company can obtain all the skills you need and keep them up to date. With an active subscription, you will also gain unlimited support from our certified local SOLIDWORKS experts.

To learn more, get access to an extensive range of free educational material on our support site and YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

Which SOLIDWORKS design solution is the right for my business?

Every company is unique and faces different challenges when trying to find the perfect design tool.
As customer needs and expectations evolve, Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS is offering more varied, cloud-focused product development solutions.

Get the full overview of SOLIDWORKS Design Tools here – Download whitepaper

What are the hardware requirements for SOLIDWORKS?

We recommend that you combine a CPU clock speed of at least 3,3 GHz with 32 GB RAM and an SSD. Dassault Systèmes has official recommendations for which GPU is qualified to use with SOLIDWORKS – visit SOLIDWORKS website.

Read more about the things to consider when choosing hardware for SOLIDWORKS.

Using a workstation, which adheres to these recommendations will give you a smooth experience with SOLIDWORKS software products.

Where can I purchase SOLIDWORKS?

You can only purchase SOLIDWORKS through a certified reseller like PLM Group. The SOLIDWORKS Software offering is a comprehensive solution for all your design needs, and it may be challenging to decipher, which tools you need. Our experts can help you find the perfect solutions for your needs – contact us

Scalable license models

With our flexible and scalable licensing options, you can choose to rent or buy the software – all depending on your need.

SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing
When experiencing a short-term need – renting a license is a good option. It gives you easy access to excellent tools and full flexibility at a low cost.

SOLIDWORKS Perpetual Licensing
When you have a long-term need for a solution, a perpetual license is more cost effective.

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  • Buyers Guide to CAD

    Deciding on the right 3D CAD solution for your company is not an easy task. It can be a jungle to navigate between the offers and which concrete tools you need, that can help you accelerate innovation and strengthen the product development process.

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