Model Based Enterprise

With the introduction of CAD over several decades, 3D models became the new industry standard for the designing products, tooling and manufacturing processes. The majority of original equipment manufacturers and larger suppliers are now “Model Centric”, where 3D models are developed and used downstream, but these firms and their value-chains still relied heavily upon 2D drawings as the master design authority.

As more of the automotive industry makes the transition to 3D, virtual models offer an opportunity to significantly promote reuse, improve design efficiency, reduce cost and improve quality across the extended enterprise. Success, however, requires that business practices are transformed to leverage the enormous potential of the virtual model. The inclusion of complete definition of the product into the 3D design is called Model Based Definition (MBD), and the use of these models throughout the extended enterprise is called Model Based Enterprise (MBE).

These companies are participating in MBE:


Current Participants

  • AM General LLC
  • Anark Corporation
  • Aras Corporation
  • Coretechnologie
  • Delphi Corporation
  • DENSO International America, Inc.
  • Elysium Inc.
  • Faurecia Automotive Seating
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors Company
  • ITI Global
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Lear Corporation
  • Nissan North America
  • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

Publications - Order Today

This white paper describes the current state of MBE in the automotive industry and will focus on promoting the implementation of the 3D-MBD model to enable seamless sharing of product information within the automotive industry.

The AIAG MBE Roadmap Wallchart provides companies a visual means to assess current capabilities and measure their progress from a Level 1- 2D drawing centric environment towards a comprehensive Level 4 - "Model Based Enterprise".

This standard enables the industry to move from a traditional 2-D drawing world to a full 3-D model, which is completely annotated; contains all the information necessary to manufacture the part.

Program Management: Quality Team - (248) 358-3570