3D PDF example
Screenshot of the sample interactive 3D PDF documents — see link at the end of the article to download the original.
The age of free apps and instant downloads is beginning to influence the CAD arena, most significantly in the exchange of documentation and 3D CAD models. Theorem Solution’s recent launch of its 3D PDF Publisher and Publish 3D plugins empower anyone with a Tablet or PC to view, mark-up and share 3D CAD models.
Theorem’s 3D PDF Publisher for CATIA V5, PTC Creo Parametric, NX and JT allow companies to easily create documents containing interactive 3D data published directly from native CAD data. The published interactive 3D model is contained within the PDF and can be viewed and interrogated using the freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once the CAD data is published, the Adobe viewer will be able to view the 3D model, interrogate the model tree sub-assemblies, turn components in assemblies on and off, shade and render for technical authoring, view as a solid, wireframe and even cross-section components and assemblies.
"CAD data publishing has never been simpler"
Publish 3D derives many of its features from Theorem’s Process Manager Suite of data exchange automation tools. The solution has a high level of sophistication which ensures that all CAD resources are fully utilised by scheduling publishing routines using hardware and CAD licenses as they become available or by scheduling publication routines overnight, increasing returns on investment. 3D PDF viewing will extend the use of 3D design data way beyond the realms of mainstream engineering. 3D PDF opens up huge opportunities for sharing information within organisations and through the supply and distribution chains because the working PDF document can be annotated, shared and additional media embedded.
These packets of information could include text, PowerPoint files, spreadsheets, AVI movies and hyperlinks to additional online information. Most organisations experience the problem of an increasing number of consumers of 3D information with a limited/finite number of CAD licenses. By embedding 3D viewing capability into the freely available Adobe Reader, 3D data exchange and 3D viewing becomes available to anyone in the world.Improved collaboration will result in improved exchanges of data and more importantly design intent from the design engineer. This data can be analysed up and down the supply chain and optimised for improvements to assembly, product cost, quality, tool making and marketing.
This will help to reduced lead-times, says Theorem, with fewer mistakes and better products. If you would like to see and test drive a 3D PDF document visit: