Why use the 3D PDF Publisher for CATIA V5

Theorem’s 3D PDF Publisher for CATIA V5 offers a 3D PDF publishing solution for CATIA V5 users. Part of the Publish 3D product suite, 3D PDF for CATIA V5 offers an ISO Standard: 32000 based publishing solution for organisations who design in the CATIA V5 modelling application.

It enables companies of all sizes to create and share PDF files containing 3D representations of their CATIA V5 design geometry with members of their organisations and supply chains whilst securing the intellectual property of their designs. It also allows for improved communication throughout the product design to manufacture and to market processes, opening 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.

3D PDF enables users to share their engineering data created in CATIA with departments who do not have CATIA V5 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.

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

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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.

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Using the CATIA V5 to 3D PDF publisher

Utilizing the 3D PDF document format to share CATIA V5 design data, whether it’s used to create: Purchase Orders, Request for Quotations, Engineering Change Requests, Inspection Reports, Instruction Manuals or even Sales and Marketing brochures, allows for improved communication throughout the product design to manufacture and to market processes. 3D PDF opens access to CATIA V5 data and information that previously would only be available to ‘Engineering’.

Members of all departments (Engineering, Purchasing, Quality, Sales and Marketing, Support) with access to the freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader® supported on desktop, laptop, tablet and phone can now consume, view and mark up the 3D representations of the original CATIA V5 design data, eliminating the requirement for paper documents and the need to install and train users on specialist viewing software.

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Which 3D PDF solution is right for you?

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3D PDF Interactive

A low-cost entry into the world of 3D PDF.

  • Interactively publish a 3D PDF file from within CATIA V5

 

 

 

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3D PDF - On Demand

Combine interactive 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

 

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3D PDF - Automated

A server-based solution for high volume use

  • Automatically publishes 3D PDF files from native CAD.
  • Designed to process large volumes of data
  • It can be fully integrated into business processes and enterprise systems
  • Incorporates technology to validate and protect your data

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Are there any installation prerequisites?

 

The 3D PDF for CATIA V5 product has the following prerequisites;

CAD Application:

A licensed version of CATIA V5 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 CATIA V5 are supported?

 

The CATIA V5 to  3D PDF  Publisher supports all versions of CATIA V5 from  CATIA V5-6R2018 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 V5 supports the processing of Model Based Definition (MBD) information when publishing 3D PDF documents from CATIA V5 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 V5 3D 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 V5, you can create comprehensive PDF documents which combine a range of data from internal systems such as:

  • 3D CATIA data
  • 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 V5 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.

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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.

Why Theorem Solutions for 3D PDF?

Our solutions are built upon the development tools and APIs supplied and supported by the major CAD vendors that we have strategic partnerships with. This means we can provide you with a robust application that offers full control over data preparation and optimization, ensuring the richest quality data is created to give the best data and seamless integration with your native CAD system, enabling you to share data with non-CAD users.

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