3D PDF Publisher for 3DEXPERIENCE users

3D PDF - Enabling Accessibility

The 3DEXPERIENCE to 3D PDF Publisher enables companies of all sizes to create and share PDF files containing 3D representations of their 3DEXPERIENCE design geometry with members of their organisations and supply chains whilst securing the intellectual property of their designs.

It enables improved communication throughout the product design to manufacture and to market processes. 3D PDF opens access to data and information that previously would only be available to ‘Engineering’, to numerous multidisciplinary application areas that can benefit from 3D geometry and product structure data – especially non-CAD users!

3D PDF enables users to share their engineering data created in CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE with departments who do not have CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE but need a 3D representation. It enables manufacturing, service departments, technical publications, purchasing, sales and marketing departments to use 3D content inside their PDF documentation based on their use case.

Why use the 3D PDF Publisher for CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE

Theorem’s 3D PDF Publisher for CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE offers a 3D PDF publishing solution for CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE users. Part of the CADPublish product suite, 3D PDF for CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE offers an ISO Standard: 32000 based publishing solution for organisations who design in the CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE modelling application.


Have you tried a sample 3D PDF document yet?

A 3D PDF document has many features and functions available to the user that further enhances and simplifies the data sharing and collaboration process.

3D PDF can be used for internal document sharing, or to create Work Instructions, RFQ’s, Training and Sales Documents or for supplier communication, and in support of Model Based Engineering processes.

Download a sample interactive 3D PDF document or view an interactive HTML5 supported document in your web browser.


Which CADPublish Solution is right for you?

3D PDF Create

This is a low-cost entry into the world of 3D PDF for 3DEXPERIENCE users.

  • Interactively publish 3D PDF documents from within your CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE application
  • Use familiar commands such as 'save as'
  • Publish your 3DEXPERIENCE data to company branded documents 
  • Publish your 3DEXPERIENCE data to multiple templates simultaneously

3D PDF Enhance

Combines '3D PDF Create' capabilities with the ability to batch process.

  • Supports ad hoc or volume publishing
  • Enables casual users to drag and drop native CAD files
  • Offers independent viewing of the native CAD file

On-Demand Webinar

Supercharge your 3DEXPERIENCE Platform with Enhanced 3D PDF Capability

Discover how exporting 3D PDF documents (with embedded Model-Based Definition data) can transform supplier communication.

3DEXPERIENCE to 3D PDF Webinar Graphic

What is 3D PDF? 

Everything you need to now about the 3D PDF format and how accessible it makes CAD for non-CAD users

Frequently asked questions

Are there any installation prerequisites?

The 3D PDF for CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE product has the following prerequisites;

CAD Application:

A licensed version of CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE must be available.

PDF Application:

Adobe Reader - Freely available viewer to read the PDF output – Adobe Reader 7.0 or higher is required (released in January 2005).

Adobe Acrobat Professional - Only required if user intends to author the customized templates/forms that are used during processing

Which versions of 3DEXPERIENCE are supported?

The CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE to 3D PDF  Publisher supports all versions of CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE from CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE-2017x to the latest available revision

Can the 3D PDF Publisher be integrated with my PLM system?

Yes. Teamcenter, Windchill, Enovia, SAP. The command line method of working allows users to implement scripts and triggers (for example using Dispatcher for Teamcenter)  allowing users to integrate data conversions within their PLM system and any existing processes.

Is Model Based Definition and PMI supported?

Theorem’s 3D PDF for CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE supports the processing of Model Based Definition (MBD) information when publishing 3D PDF documents from CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE data.

3D annotations, dimensions (PMI/FTA/GD&T), assembly structure, geometry, views, and attribute data (where available) are published to the 3D PDF document at the point of creation helping to streamline the design and manufacturing process into a paper free digital process. U3D and PRC data transfer methods are supported.

How does the 3D PDF format handle large CAD models?

Adobe PDF has its own inbuilt compression capabilities to reduce file size without lose of data and quality. 

As an example a CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE model with a file size of 12.6mb  will be compressed for output for use in the 3DPDF format with a file size of 1.4mb

Do you offer node-locked or floating licenses?

Our licenses are floating/ sharable so as they can be installed on a central server and used by any user on any machine.

Do you offer Wide Area Network licenses?

Yes. Our standard licenses are Local Area Network (LAN) and we also offer Wide Area Network (WAN) for the added flexibility to share licenses between sites in different countries /continents.

Can I add additional data types to the 3D PDF format?

Yes. Using Theorem’s 3D PDF Publisher for CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE, you can create comprehensive PDF documents which combine a range of data from internal systems such as:

  • Metadata from other internal systems
  • Most other file types e.g. Word, Excel, Tiff etc
  • Embed Interactive content
  • Use one dynamic PDF document to meet all your needs.
  • It is available anywhere using the free Adobe Reader

Can my CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE data be used in XR?

Yes. We offer a free XR plugin for existing users of our 3D PDF On Demand software enabling you to  visualize your source CATIA v5 data in Virtual Reality.

The XR plugin has been developed to offer a quick and easy route into VR. Learn how you can explore, and visualize your 3D CAD data at scale, in a fully immersive Virtual Reality environment.

Can you print a 3D PDF?

Yes. You can print the contents of your 3D PDF document using the standard functionality within the Adobe Reader application.

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