Model-Based Enterprise (MBE)

Manage all your CAD programs with an enterprise visualization focus on model-based definition (MBD) and model-based enterprise as the backbone of the digital thread.

What is model-based enterprise?


Model-based enterprise (MBE) is a method of organizing and managing business processes that involves creating and using digital models to represent the various aspects of the enterprise. This includes creating models of the business processes, products, and systems that make up the enterprise, as well as the people and organizations involved in those processes. The goal of MBE is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the enterprise by using these digital models to facilitate communication, collaboration, and decision-making.

MBE is based on the idea that creating digital models of business processes, products, and systems can provide a more accurate and comprehensive representation of the enterprise than traditional methods such as documents or drawings. These models can be used to simulate and analyze various scenarios, identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies, and optimize processes and systems. They can also be used to facilitate communication and collaboration among the different stakeholders within the enterprise, including employees, customers, suppliers, and partners.

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Benefits of model-based enterprise (MBE)

Model-based enterprise (MBE) offers numerous benefits that address the challenges restricting product development. By relying on digital models as a single source of truth, MBE eliminates missing or misinterpreted information, promoting clarity and reducing errors. The use of 3D models enhances traceability throughout the product lifecycle, enabling better change management and decision-making. MBE minimizes duplication of effort by providing a centralized platform for collaboration and communication among teams. It replaces the reliance on physical prototypes and text-based specifications, saving time and costs. With improved cross-functional collaboration, MBE ensures higher-quality outcomes, streamlined processes, and accelerated time to market, making it a transformative approach in modern product development.



Reduced delivery time

MBE optimizes workflows, minimizes bottlenecks, and streamlines communication, resulting in faster product development cycles and reduced time to market.


Improving Asset and Service Efficiency

The industrial IoT helps you do more with less. Asset health monitoring, remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance drive efficiency and cut downtime.


Support Revenue Growth

The IoT boosts production flexibility and agility, supports consumables monetization, and can even enable new product and service offerings.


Improve Customer Satisfaction

The IoT accelerates service and cuts customer downtime. It also keeps supply chains moving, and harnesses usage data to improve product design.

Harness the capabilities of model-based enterprise

Integrate model-based enterprise (MBE) into your product development process with the following PTC software:


This is PTC's comprehensive computer-aided design (CAD) software used for creating and managing the 3D models that serve as the foundation for MBE.



PTC's product lifecycle management (PLM) software for management and collaboration of product data, including 3D models, annotations, and other relevant information. Windchill

Creo View

This visualization software enables downstream access to 3D models and product and manufacturing information (PMI) for stakeholders who don't have access to the native CAD software. Creo View

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

Simplify GD&T standards with expert guidance during every step of the application process. GD&T

The Future of MBE

In envisioning the future, companies must embrace the Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) as a cornerstone. Departing from traditional document-centric methods, MBE thrives on a dynamic ecosystem where model-based definitions resonate throughout the product life cycle. With fully annotated design models (MBD), stakeholders downstream engage effortlessly with contextual insights and measurements. CAD models empower analysts for simulations, slashing reliance on costly prototyping. MBE streamlines Technical Data Packages, safeguarding IP within native design models while delivering accurate, annotated information to customers and vendors. Quality engineering attains early access to vital model-based data, bolstering comprehension, assessing viability, and preempting risks. Thus, integrating MBE in strategic foresight empowers enterprises for agile and efficient innovation.


How is model-based enterprise used?

MBE is revolutionizing traditional manufacturing practices by leveraging 3D models to convey information throughout the product lifecycle. Engineers and designers can easily learn Creo’s fundamental tools to get started on their model-based definition (MBD) and MBE journey. Creo even has additional tools to help ensure compliance with new ASME and ISO standards, including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).

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Enabling the Model-Based Enterprise at Bosch Group

Learn how Bosch, a leading global supplier of diverse technology and services, is breaking down product complexity by sharing information using a model-based approach.

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ZEISS Microscopy Focuses on Service Excellence

Zeiss improved customer satisfaction by using PTC's IoT solutions to reduce calibration-related downtime.

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HPE COXA Speeds Time to Market by Embracing Design Agility With Creo

The computer-aided design solution makes it easy to integrate emerging technologies into design and production

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Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of model-based enterprise?

Model-based enterprise (MBE) transforms and enhances traditional manufacturing and engineering practices by adopting a digital and model-centric approach throughout the product lifecycle. MBE aims to replace or supplement conventional 2D drawings and documents with 3D CAD models that contain all relevant product information using model-based definition (MBD), including geometric data, annotations, tolerances, material properties, manufacturing instructions, and more.

Model-Based Definition (MBD) vs. Model-Based Enterprise (MBE)

MBD is a specific aspect of MBE, which is a broader initiative that aims to transform the entire enterprise by leveraging digital models throughout the product development and manufacturing lifecycle. While MBD focuses on the use of 3D models for design and manufacturing information, MBE extends to all aspects of the organization, promoting collaboration and data integration across different departments and functions.

What is the difference between MBD and MBSE?

MBD is a specific application of models in the context of 3D design and manufacturing, while model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is a broader methodology that focuses on using models to represent and manage complex systems across various engineering disciplines. Both MBD and MBSE aim to improve collaboration, efficiency, and quality in the product development process, but their scopes and applications differ significantly.