About Model-Based-Definition (MBD)

With the introduction of geometry-describing 3D CAD models, the world of technical documentation has changed. In addition to the classic 2D drawing, the 3D model has adopted the geometric product description. However, this resulted in two co-existing sources of information that must be kept in sync at great effort (Model-Centric Design).

The desire for a single source of reliable data providing all information needed to manufacture a product is perfectly understandable and has evolved under the term of Model-Based-Definition (MBD). It also can be seen as moving product and manufacturing information (PMI) from the traditional 2D drawing into the 3D model, replacing the drawing.
The integration of this approach into the much broader number of business processes is referred to as Model-Based-Enterprise (MBE).

The model-based approach significantly increases the information content and quality of the 3D model and makes it even more suitable for further automation of downstream processes.

The implementation of MBD/MBE may initially challenge companies the one or the other way, before the full potential will be achieved.

In our Creo/Parametric specific world at B&W, we have been addressing these challenges for quite some time in order to help you getting started in the world of MBD seamlessly. The tools we provide are aimed at the day-to-day work of design engineers who need to find their way around this new environment. Topics like the use of legacy data, standard notes, or even color coding are addressed.

Here you’ll find additional applications that make it easier to use MBD in your company.


SMARTAnnotate applies your standard texts, symbols and metadata to drawings and 3D models quickly and accurately. Extensive management mechanisms allow you to maintain control of the content at all times..


SMARTColor helps you to provide machine-readable product and manufacturing information (PMI) through the rule-based application of predefined colors..


SMARTHolechart saves you a huge amount of time in adding bore hole information and offers intelligent creation of hole charts. Rotational geometries are recognized automatically and hole types can be classified individually.


SMARTUpdate checks your assemblies, parts and drawings using a set of predefined rules. Based on the check results, the software repairs and updates your data reliably and automatically.


SMART3DExport is the solution for transform your 3D model into a printable 2D PDF. More information will follow. If you are interested, please contact us.