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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 […]

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Patents in the News

Patent Awarded for 3D Terrain Maps in PDF
Patent Awarded for 3D Point Cloud Processing
Patent Awarded for 3D Image Texture Compression Technology

Patent Notices
PDF3D libraries, applications, systems, utilities and products are protected by:

U.K. Patent Numbers. GB2477368, GB2484561, GB2521452
U.S. Patent Numbers US8736603, US9424662, US9691006, US10019649
Australia Patent Numbers AU2011315250, AU2015264921
European Patent Number EP2628145, EP2592596, EP3091512
Canadian Patent […]

About PDF/E

PDF/E – short for the PDF standard for Engineering documents, is an international standard identified as ISO 24517 and defines a file format known as PDF/E which provides a mechanism for the exchange and archiving of engineering documents based on the ubiquitous and well-known PDF format for various communities working with engineering documentation.

A strong characteristic of PDF/E is the inclusion of […]

PMI Standards and 3D PDF Reporting

PMI in 3D PDF

Product Manufacturing Information or PMI as it’s more commonly known is a Digital Design & Manufacturing term for material information associated with a 3D design. Having PMI associations visible as an integral part of 3D PDF documents extends the reach in PLM reporting workflows. PMI, sometimes referred to as Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) includes material data, model views, dimensions, surface roughness, text […]

About U3D

Universal 3D (U3D) Format
U3D is a 3D data structure and file format, one of two systems used in 3D PDF documents. Along side PRC, U3D is the historical foundation used to embed 3D interactive data and models into a PDF file. A PDF file containing U3D based 3D model can be viewed in using the Adobe Reader as well as other tools. […]

About PRC

PRC 3D Format
PRC(Product Representation Compact) is a 3D data structure and file format, one of two systems used in 3D PDF documents. Along side U3D, PRC is now the preferred and most feature-rich method to embed 3D interactive data and models into a PDF file. A PDF file containing PRC based 3D model can be viewed in using the Adobe Reader as well as […]

Converting COMSOL® Simulation Software Results to 3D PDF

Converting COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software output results into 3D PDF Reports using PV+
Once a suitable analysis result of the design vibration characteristics are performed, the numerical data and geometric mesh may be visualized. Using built-in COMSOL® menus, screen shots and movie files maybe created, for sharing with teams outside of simulation software users. However, to get real 3D interaction in a report […]

Converting DWG to 3D PDF

Converting DWG to 3D PDF with PDF3D ReportGen
3D CAD users can now easily convert DWG files created in AutoCAD 2014 into 3D PDFs using PDF3DReportGen.

With fast, intuitive installation and integration, ReportGen allows design engineers to create beautifully animated, highly compressed 3D PDFs at the touch of a button. No matter how large or complex the DWG files are, the 3D […]

File Formats

The following file formats are available for PDF3D ReportGen, XML Server utilities and the Interface Layer of PDFD-SDK PRO Development Toolkit. For PV+ see the other alternative File Format list.

Type

Format

Extensions

Applications

Type
Format
Extensions
Applications

CAD Models

1

Additive Manufacturing Format
amf
3D Printing industry consortium format alternative to STL

2

AutoCAD Export DWF Format
dwf
AutoCAD Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, Visual Representations

3

AutoCAD Generic DXF Format
dxf
AutoCAD historic versions, Survey, Geophysics, Modelling

4

AutoCAD Native DWG […]

File Formats for PV+

The following file formats are PV+. For PDF3D ReportGen, XML Server and the Interface Layer of PDFD-SDK see the other File Format list.

ADAPT files (.nc, .cdf, .elev, .ncd) meteorological modeling data from NARAC/LLNL
AMR Enzo files (.boundary, .hierarchy) cosmology particle simulation and hierarchical box data
AMR Flash files (.flash) Astrophysical thermonuclear particle simulation data
ANALYZE files (.img, .hdr) 3D biomedical […]