MBD processes supported by 3DViewStation CAD viewer

created by Kelly Baumann |

3D-annotated models with rich functionality and integration replace more 2D-drawings

As 3D-annotated models replace more and more 2D drawings, the model-based definition (MBD) environment demands more support of several different file formats and interactive functionalities. The high volume of product manufacturing information (PMI) overcomes the limitations of detailed views, sections, tolerances, surface quality hints from traditional 2D drawings.

An essential element of MBD is Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T). The lean manufacturing approach avoids generation of 2D drawings, expediting communication and even design changes are required.

KISTERS’ 3DViewStation efficiently supports MBD initiatives by supporting many native CAD file formats like Catia, NX, Creo including their specific 3D annotations as well as standard file formats such as JT, STEP or 3D-PDF.

3DViewStation CAD visualization supports 3D annotated product manufacturing information PMI, and model-based definition MBD in particular


When KISTERS’ software reads these CAD data, pre-defined PMI views are retained. After activation the camera will be positioned correctly, sections might be activated automatically and only those PMIs, which belong to the respective view, will be displayed,” explains Kelly Baumann, Business Development Manager.

3DViewStation also allows users to compare revisions; create their own markups like lines, texts or balloons; update or create new views, and then save them as PMIs in the proprietary 3DVS format or neutral file formats like JT, STEP or 3D-PDF.”

Some users just translate native CAD files including PMIs into standard file formats,” added Baumann.

For details, visit the extended 3DViewStation blog entry.

KISTERS 3DViewStation is continuously enhanced in response to customer needs and requirements. Versions are available for Desktop, Virtual Reality (VR) and HTML5 browsers (no installation required) as well as KISTERS VisShare for online collaboration. Utilize as stand-alone software or integrate with a PLM, ERP or other management system via APIs.

Questions and interest may be directed to sales-viewer@kisters.net or 916.723.1441.

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