3D PDF Publisher for NX users

Why use the 3D PDF Publisher for NX

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

Enabling Accessibility

It enables companies of all sizes to create and share PDF files containing 3D representations of their NX 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 NX with departments who do not have NX 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.

Have you tried a sample 3D PDF document yet?

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.

Converting NX to 3D PDF

Utilizing the 3D PDF document format to share NX 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 NX 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 NX design data, eliminating the requirement for paper documents and the need to install and train users on specialist viewing software.

Which CADPublish Solution is right for you?

3D PDF Create

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

  • Interactively publish 3D PDF documents from within your NX application
  • Use familiar commands such as 'save as'
  • Publish your NX data to company branded documents 
  • Publish your NX 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

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 NX product has the following prerequisites;

CAD Application:

A licensed version of NX 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 NX are supported?

The NX to  3D PDF  Publisher supports all versions of NX from  NX 10.0 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 NX supports the processing of Model Based Definition (MBD) information when publishing 3D PDF documents from NX 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 NX 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 NX, 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 NX data be used in XR?

Yes. We offer a free XR plugin for existing users of our 3D PDF Enhance software enabling you to  visualize your source NX 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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