Technical Articles

Converting CloudCompare to 3D PDF

A short Guide to processing Point Cloud data into 3D PDF Report Documents using CloudCompare
Point Cloud data from 3D laser, optical and sonar scanners is easily available, however to interpret, display, and present that data with others, it needs to be converted into 3D mesh form, with smoothly shaded surfaces. To then share those 3D meshes with non-specialists or […]

Model Based Definitions (MBD) 3D PDF Document Generation

What is MBD?
The MBD idea of Model Based Definitions for CAD, involves using CAD system agnostic digital drawing files where not only the 3D geometric part shapes, designs are present, but further the tolerance, annotations, key design data required to fully interpret the 3D drawing. An MBD enabled drawing enables the capture of design configurations, performance requirements, manufacturing procedures, quality […]

PDF3D Software End-User License Agreement for FULL, FLOATING, DONGLE and TRIAL Evaluation Conditions

PDF3D End-User License Agreement Version 18, 14 September 2017
This Visual Technology Services Ltd. PDF3D License Agreement (“Agreement”) is a legal agreement between you (“you”), either an individual or a single commercial entity (“LICENSEE”) and Visual Technology Services Ltd. (“VTSL”) at The Courtyard, High Street, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7HP, UK, for the use of computer software and associated media (collectively, the […]

STEP to 3D PDF

What is a STEP file?
STEP was developed to solve the age-old problem of sharing 3D model file data between different CAD systems.  STEP, which stands for Standard for the Exchange of Product Data, is essentially an exchange format, much like PDF, that can be recognized by various programs, thereby making it easier to send data to other CAD users.

STEP is […]

Company History & Background

PDF3D (Software) from Visual Technology Services – History & Background
PDF3D is a software suite used for embedding 3D models in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The software contains applications, utilities and a Software Development Kit (SDK). PDF3D is commercial software developed by Visual Technology Services Ltd. of Ascot, United Kingdom.
Quick Facts:

Developer(s): Visual Technology Services Ltd.
Initial release: 2006
 […]

How To Tell a Story with Automatic View Cycling, Narration & Dynamic Captions

A simple 3D PDF with manual views is very common. When a user is faced with several views they can select each view using the selector menu. Easy enough.  But what if you want to tell a story and show your user each view in a sequence or specific order with a beginning, middle and end, and with accompanying narration?

With […]

Converting STL to PDF

3D CAD users and STL users can now easily convert and enhance STL files into 3D PDFs at the click of a button using PDF3D ReportGen.
Why Would You Need to Convert STL into PDF?
STL is the format generated for 3D printing and is used by many who work within engineering, design, dentistry and additive manufacturing – as well as a […]

Adding 3D Label Annotations into a 3D PDF at Generation Time

How to add 3D Label annotations in a 3D PDF at generation time (GUIDE AND VIDEO)
Most 3D PDF generation tools do not provide part labels and annotation, and the majority of 3D model file formats don’t provide for 3D annotations either. Adding 3D labels is sometimes possible by hand placing and adding markup, but generating labels directly from an easy to use file format […]

Progressive Animation to show Additive Assembly Sequences

How to create a progressive animation from multiple part files in a 3D PDF using PDF3D ReportGen (GUIDE AND VIDEO)
Wondering how to address the complex task of creating a 3D animated sequence to show the gradual assembly sequence of a complex model without programming? Normally time-sequence or transient data is shown as a sequence, one part at a time, so how can […]

Understanding how PDF/E, U3D and PRC are related to 3D PDF

Researching the relationship between PDF/E, U3D, PRC and 3D PDF in general is not that easy, without diving into complex standards specifications, but if you are a developer and would like to understand what each of these brings to the world of the 3D PDF, this article clarifies the whys and whats of each.

Today most 3D PDF files found “in […]