US, Arizona. Dassault Systemes has announced the launch of the Solidworks Model Based Definition (MBD), its new drawingless — the removal of engineering drawings — manufacturing application that simplifies the transition from design to build. Solidworks MBS seeks to provide engineers with “a 3D tool for model–based design that improves technical communication and accelerates the creative and manufacturing processes” says the Dassault Systemes’ UK press office. Solidworks MBD is designed to limit reliance on 2D cross sections by creating a streamlined, universal 3D platform that negates the necessity of error prone current practices.
Innovation and subsequent improvements in technology have created an opportunity to minimise errors in human interpretation, time consumption, and industrial non-compliance. “MBD methodologies have been shown to reduce manufacturing errors and avoid the expense and time associated with developing 2D drawings, which can run up to 50 per cent of total development costs,” says Dassault Systemes and Solidworks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi.
The Solidworks MBD application can generate one master document — using standard industry file formats — for all product and manufacturing information, downstream processes, and compliance with regulations and standards without having to produce and maintain separate sets of expensive 2D engineering drawings.
“Every new Solidworks application that we develop is a reflection of the user community’s needs,” says Bassi. “We’ve tailored Solidworks MBD to offer patent-pending engineering innovation for easier product design, manufacturing, and faster time-to-market.”

Solidworks’ latest system was described by Rich Eckenrode, co-chairman of the MIL-STD-31000 manufacturing sub-committee, as being “as good or even better than other CAD systems”, and having “close to total, if not 100 per cent” compliance to MIL-STD-31000 Appendix B.

Solidworks MBD is a progressive addition to the Solidworks 2015 product portfolio. Look out for more information on the Solidworks business profile in Q22 of SuperyachtDesign where business editor, Will Matthieson will be exploring the ins and outs of the CAD-based design software.

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