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Model-based definition is an emerging evolution of the process for creating technical documents for use in manufacturing. Having all of the information needed to produce a part contained in a 3D model is the basic concept of model-based definition. Model-based definition removes the need to create a 2D drawing for the use of dimensioning, tolerances, and additional notes. In this paper, the concept of model-based definition was examined in order to understand if it truly increases efficiency and productivity. Through literature review, case study review, and flow chart analysis the advantages and disadvantages of model-based definition were investigated. This paper also discusses implementation considerations needed for a company that is interested in a move to use this technology. In conclusion, the research showed that model-based definition did increase efficiency and productivity when implemented correctly, but may not be suitable for every manufacturing company.

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Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Technology

First Advisor

Nilmani Pramanik


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