Model Based Definition with 3D Master


A proven, natural progression from 2D which makes the right information available anytime, anywhere. Increase product and process quality while reducing costs by up to 90%.

Drive accuracy into your business

The Model Based Definition approach provides companies with one single reference for 100% of the product definition - all in 3D.  This means that there is a single source of all product information, including fully accurate and annotated geometric definition.

This provides everyone with a single source for all manufacturing and work instructions and all downstream processes. It also ensures a single traceable source for compliance with regulations and standards.  You can still create and use 2D drawings, but they become a communications medium, not the reference, and they are always up to date.

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Model based definition delivers benefits across all phases of product development:

  • In the Conceptual phase it becomes easy to reference and reuse existing 3D and 2D data. New concepts in 3D can be quickly generated from existing 2D layouts.
  • In the Detail Design phase you can work faster, defining the part accurately, complete with tolerances and annotations, directly in 3D. The "Tolerancing Advisor" makes things easy by checking and proposing solutions, for parts and assembly conditions. Tolerance schemas can be rapidly applied to families or similar parts.
  • During the Review phase, the full product definition is available to anyone, anywhere, any time, supporting realtime concurrent design and review across multiple disciplines. This allows errors to be identified and addressed early.
  • Manufacturing and other downstream activities benefit from direct integration and access to the full 3D product definition. Downstream users can create their own specialized views and improve decision making with accurate data.
  • To assist Production and Installation, on-demand blueprint creation allows documentation to be easily produced for the extended enterprize.
Antoine Scotto, PLM Director, A350 XWB Program

With CATIA, we implemented a full 3DMaster approach to design the electrical harness installation for the A350 XWB, which simplifies the process and improves overall design quality. Eliminating 2D drawings enabled us to cut 50% of the time needed to update the electrical installation plans.

Antoine Scotto, PLM Director, A350 XWB Program