Technical Articles

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 […]