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Enabling the Digital Thread

Easily share all your model, drawing and business information with anyone, anywhere using the ubiquitous 3D PDF format.

Below you can find some great resources to inform and hopefully inspire you in your use of PDF for engineering.

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PDF Technical Data Packages (TDP)

Find out for yourself why PDF is the best format for technical data packages.


Click on the label to the right to find examples, best practices and other resources to help you create a PDF TDP

Case Studies

The Boeing Company

Recommended Practices

Recommended Practices for using 3D PDF with MIL-STD-31000A
3D PDF Consortium

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MIL-STD-31000A Example
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TDP – Creo Data

TDP – Creo Data
Anark Corporation

TDP – NX Data
Anark Corporation

Archiving and Data Retention

Businesses, governments, institutions and individuals around the world need to digitally share important engineering information. Much of this information needs to be kept for substantial lengths of time; some needs to be kept permanently. This digital information needs to remain useable and accessible across multiple generations of technology.

Fortunately, PDF excels at both sharing and archiving engineering information. The international community has recognized this and developed two standards, PDF/A (ISO 19005) and PDF/E (ISO 24517) that establish guidelines for archiving PDF files independent of the tools and systems used for creating, storing or rendering the files.

Explore the links on the right to learn more about data retention and archiving using PDF.


The 3D PDF Consortium is the international standards developer and recognized expert in 3D PDF.

In May of 2017, the 3D PDF Consortium was accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the ISO Secretariat and U.S. Tag Administrator for PDF and other document standards developed by ISO TC 171 SC 2.

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Instructional Videos

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3D PDF Consortium Members

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