PDFTron Systems Inc. Joins 3D PDF Consortium as Tech Partner

Beaverton Oregon February 1, 2017 3D PDF Consortium is pleased to announce its newest technology partner. PDFTron Systems Inc., a global provider of industry-leading, high-performance document processing and conversion technology related to PDF and other graphic file formats, recently joined the membership ranks of the 3D PDF Consortium. PDFTron’s investment in the seamless integration of PDF capabilities and document conversion functionality align perfectly with the mission of 3D PDF Consortium, making them an ideal partner. “We are very happy and honored to join the 3D PDF Consortium. PDFTron’s technology is used by major players in the CAD industry, especially the AEC space, and we support embedding 3D PDF models. Over time, we’ve seen growing interest from customers for supporting 3D PDF directly as part of our PDF technology platform, especially with regard to PDF viewing and collaboration” said Ivan Nincic, Co-Founder and CTO of PDFTron Systems Inc. “Joining the 3D PDF Consortium will allow us to collaborate with the community, and participate in various projects, such as the 3D PDF Implementer Forum, all of which will ultimately allow us to provide better products for the community. It will also allow us to work with key players in the market when it comes to shaping the specifications relating to 3D PDF, and to assist the 3D PDF Consortium in forming a strong collective voice for the adoption of 3D PDF.“ 3D PDF Consortium Executive Director Jerry McFeeters said of their newest technology member, “We are very pleased to have PDFTron as a member of the 3D PDF Consortium. The breadth and depth of their knowledge of the PDF format will...

Purdue Polytechnic Institute: First Academic Member of 3DPDF Consortium

For Immediate Release Beaverton Oregon September 22, 2016 3D PDF Consortium is pleased to announce its first Academia Member Category partner. Purdue University is the first university to take advantage of the new Academia member category. The team initiating the drive for consortium membership is headed up by Nathan W. Hartman, Ed.D., the Professor and Associate Head of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue. The mission of the undergraduate program in Computer Graphics Technology is to prepare graduates for leadership positions in computer graphics professions and to advance the knowledge in the application and teaching of computer graphics through applied research, publishing, presentations, and teaching. This is a great fit for Purdue University and the 3D PDF Consortium. “We joined 3DPDF consortium to interact with those companies and industry sectors leveraging PDF technology throughout the product and process lifecycle. The contacts and knowledge gained will influence our curriculum at Purdue” said Professor Nathan W. Hartman, Ed.D., Professor and Associate Head, Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue Polytechnic Institute Professor Hartman went on to say, “We hope to contribute knowledge of industry practices, high-TRL research, and a student pipeline interested in PLM, digital manufacturing, and product data standards.” 3D PDF Consortium Executive Director Jerry McFeeters said of their new Academia Member Category: “Together 3D PDF Consortium and Purdue University will advance the quality of technical graduates entering the workforce by adding an academic perspective to our industry’s discussion. Purdue University has the opportunity to shape the future conversations and direction of our community.” The 3D PDF Consortium is community of organizations representing a broad cross-section of industry and institutions. We have both...
3D  PDF Consortium – June, 2016 News.

3D PDF Consortium – June, 2016 News.

Greetings and welcome to the fourth publication of the 3D PDF Consortium newsletter.  All consortium members are encouraged to contribute to future newsletters.   News 3D PDF Implementor Forum (3DPDF-IF) – Test round 2 We want to thank our partners on this project, PDES, Inc., MBD 360 and Action Engineering for their continuing contributions to the 3DPDF-IF. Thanks to input from our members and partners, this test round is developing nicely. We have used the feedback obtained in the definition phase to develop our test plan and have started the testing phase. We are taking a different approach in this test round compared to the traditional implementor forum approach of focusing on conversion and validation of CAD models. In Test Round 2, we are still testing CAD models but we are expanding the testing to include how to best use 3D PDF in the context of a complete Technical Data Package (TDP). This test round is focused on using 3D PDF in conjunction with STEP AP242 to create production level TDP’s that conform to MIL-STD-31000A. The result of this test round will be Recommended Practice documents designed to assist enterprises in developing TDP’s in a consistent, repeatable, standardized manner that meets the unique needs of their MBE. Our goal is to be complete and to present our results at GPDIS 2016 in September. If you want to find out more, please contact Phil. Classes Development of the web-based 3D ECMAScript class is moving forward. The class will be complemented by the “Introduction to 3D PDF” class that was offered last year. We have scheduled a 3D PDF introduction webinar...

3D PDF Consortium Names New Executive Director

Former CAD industry veteran joins business consortium to promote the exchange of 3D information Portland, OR, USA – July 7, 2015 Today the 3D PDF Consortium announces that Jerry McFeeters P.E., a 30+-year high tech industry veteran and leader with extensive experience in CAD/CAM, data translation and 3D PDF technology, will succeed founder Dave Opsahl as the executive director effective immediately. Mr. Opsahl resigned as executive director at the end of 2014 to assume Tech Soft 3D’s position on the 3D PDF Consortium Board of Directors. Mr. McFeeters was a pilot in the United States Air Force and subsequently entered in to the software field by taking a position with industry leader Computervision, beginning a 25 year career in the CAD/CAM industry. The last 13 years of that period involved a variety of roles at other industry leaders such as Intergraph, Calma, ITI TranscenData, Octal and Theorem Solutions. Most recently, Mr. McFeeters spent several years as a civilian employee of the US Department of Defense and focused on the integration of 3D PDF into a variety of workflows. “We are very pleased to have Jerry take on the task of administering the affairs of the Consortium”, says Dave Opsahl, vice president of corporate development at Tech Soft 3D, 3D PDF Consortium board member and treasurer. “While 3D PDF has been widely adopted globally, and is now an accepted part of virtually every MBD/MBE strategy, it is new enough that finding someone with both the industry experience and the familiarity with 3D PDF is still somewhat rare.” The 3D PDF Consortium is a group of end-users, software vendors, systems integrators,...

3D PDF Consortium Welcomes Datakit

Leading Data Translation Company Joins Industry Group Portland, OR, USA – May 6, 2015 The 3D PDF Consortium is proud to announce its latest independent software developer member. Datakit, a leading provider of data translation and exchange solutions for the CAD/CAM market that provide support of 3D PDF output for the dozen input formats supported by its CrossManager, CrossCad/Plg and CrossCad/Ware product lines. These products are currently shipping and available to end users who want to convert their CAD models to 3D PDF from a variety of CAD formats without the need to have a license of the authoring application present, and to software developers who want to integrate support for 3D PDF output. “Datakit’s support of the work of the Consortium is greatly appreciated, and is a testament to the value they see in supporting our work of moving the relevant ISO standards forward”, says Phil Spreier, the 3D PDF Consortium technical director. “They also support the work of the 3DPDF-IF, the Implementors Forum where developers who are committed to advancing 3DPDF work with members of the industrial user community to inform the standards development process and the user community on best practices for implementation”. “We believe that 3DPDF has gained tremendous momentum in the marketplace, especially with regards to model based enterprise (MBE) initiatives that are becoming increasingly common in industrial companies of all sizes” says Olivier Rigollet, Datakit CFO. “We believe strongly that the Consortium will help to increase the level of adoption of 3D PDF in our customer base and the market at large”. Membership in the Consortium now stands at nineteen (19) software developers...