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...

3D PDF Implementor Forum Survey

The 3D PDF Consortium has created an Implementor Forum to provide a neutral testing environment to ensure that 3D PDF continues to meet the needs of the Model Based Enterprise (MBE). The 3D PDF Implementor Forum (3DPDF-IF) develops two test rounds per year where participants are provided with a set of reference CAD data files that they convert to 3D PDF.  These 3D PDF files are then validated against the original CAD data to ensure that the data presented in the PDF file is equivalent to the data in the original CAD model.  The results of each test round are used as input for best practices and feedback to the ISO working groups for 3D PDF standards (PDF, PDF/E, PRC and ECMAscript). So that we can better understand the current state and needs of the Model Base Enterprise (MBE), the Industy Committee of the 3D PDF Consortium has created an on-line survey to gather feedback on what funcationlity should be tested in the upcoming 2014b test round. The survey is open to anyone in the engineering, manufacturing or AEC industries. è To take the survey please go to: ...

tetra4D Releases 3D PDF Converter 4.1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE tetra4D Releases 3D PDF Converter Version 4.1 Latest software release contains powerful enhancements for democratizing 3D data Bend, OR, USA – March 31, 2014 – tetra4D, a division of Tech Soft 3D, today announces the latest release of 3D PDF Converter,  a powerful solution  for creating 3D-based documents to support Model Based Definition (MBD). Customers can immediately take advantage of the most significant upgrade to the industry-leading software for democratizing 3D data yet delivered. This release is the result of many developer-years spent incorporating several hundred changes including new features, customer requests, and updated support for various 3D formats. New support has been added for Autodesk® Inventor® 2014, CATIA V5-6R2013 (R23), Rhino 4.5, Solid Edge ST6, SolidWorks 2014, and NX 9.0, among others. More details can be found in the Release Notes available on www.tetra4d.com Customers on active maintenance and support receive this upgrade for free. Those customers without active maintenance contracts should contact their reseller partner to request upgrade pricing, or contact us at sales@tetra4d.com“> sales@tetra4d.com “This release of 3D PDF Converter has significant advantages for anyone who needs to adhere to ASME Y14.41 and other PMI standards,” says Bryan R. Fischer, President of Advanced Dimensional Management LLC and MBD360 LLC. “It will now be possible for organizations of any size to leverage 3D PDF for dynamic 3D annotation with visual feedback, without the need for traditional 2D drawings. This significantly reduces costs and complexity, and increases the communication index of the dataset. The dataset provides information in a manner that is an order of magnitude easier to understand.” “We are very pleased to announce...

3DAPPS Releases New Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3D PDF Consortium Member 3D APPS Announces New Products Intratech Subsidiary Releases Three New Innovative Products for 3D PDF Sisters, OR, USA – March 26, 2014 – 3D APPS LLC, a subsidiary of Koren technology company Intratech and 3D PDF Consortium member company, announced today the release of not one, but three new apps for working with 3D PDF files. These three new programs, available immediately, are the first released from the newly established division located in Irvine, CA. The first of these new applications is targeted to the users of the Autodesk Navisworks application for plant design and heavy construction. The 3D APPS 3D PDF Exporter for Navisworks works within the native application selected portions or entire models from Navisworks to 3D PDF, as well as allowing other data such as clash detection and property information to be included. For users of Integraphs’ PDMS application, 3DAPPS Exchange for RVM to 3DPDF application allows the PDMS users to convert RVM files into 3D PDF without the need to make use of the PDMS software itself. Entire designs or selected portions can be published into a single 3D PDF which can also include the hierarchy of the design, object properties and other data. While many developers have focused only on how to generate 3D PDF from native models, 3D APPS LLC has taken a very innovative approach by releasing an app that consumes 3D PDF files to support design reviews and project management. 3DAPPS Exchange for 3D PDF to NWC/DWF software takes 3D PDF’s generated from any design application and will create a NWC or DWF file...

New White Paper – Visualization vs.Communication

Is “visualization” not providing you with the benefits you need? It has become common to use the term “visualization” to describe the process where a Model-Based Definition (MBD), is “leveraged” by providing a lightweight version of the original data for use in a variety of job roles, typically – but not always – “downstream” of engineering. While some organizations have determined how to extract value from this, the fact is that most organizations soon discover that to truly leverage the MBD data, more than the geometry and certain labels, such as GD&T in manufacturing, has to be provided to the downstream user, and that this data usually is different for different job roles. The purpose of this white paper is to make the case that visualization is important, and when applied to those use cases where it fits best, is a necessary part of a model based engineering (MBE) strategy. However, it does not address a large number of use cases, and here something we call “communication” becomes highly relevant, even critical, to a successful MBE strategy. Check out the white paper in the Resources section to find out...

3D PDF Consortium to Sponsor 2012 Global Product Data Interoperability Summit

Consortium Members to Present Success Stories Leveraging the 3D PDF Platform Wakefield, MA – November 5th, 2012 – Today the 3D PDF Consortium announced it is sponsoring the upcoming 2012 Global Product Data Interoperability Summit, to be held in Chandler, Arizona. The invitation-only event hosted by Boeing and Northrop Grumman gathers leaders and decision makers from the hosts and their key suppliers to share experiences and exchange ideas on best practices for eliminating product data quality issues throughout the value chain. Several of the suppliers of information technology solutions who are founding members of the Consortium will be presenting at the conference, including: Anark, Aras, Discus, ITI, Lattice Technology, Spaceclaim, Tech Soft 3D and Tetra 4D. Details, including company, presenter, and title can be viewed at the GPDIS2012 website: http://gpdisonline.com/schedulematl/agenda11.pdf The keynote address for the conference entitled “The Foundations of Interoperability”, will be given by Nancy Bailey, Vice President of Product IT Systems for Boeing, the 3D PDF Consortium’s newest member. “At the GPDIS 2011 conference, we proposed the idea of forming a consortium of companies, both software developers and end users, focused on driving adoption of the 3D PDF platform as a key element of interoperability and communication solutions,” states David Opsahl, former Actify CEO and Executive Director of the 3D PDF Consortium. “To return this year, not quite a year old, with a strong group of founding members and tremendous activity in the adoption of 3D PDF, is intensely gratifying and speaks volumes for the value of both the platform and the Consortium. With one-third of the presenting companies being Consortium members, we feel the attendees will...