In this section we are posting some of the general presentations in the Consortium’s archive. Some of these may also be found on Slideshare. Note that due to web hosting limitations, the presentations offered here are in PDF format; in SlideShare, they may be downloaded if permission has been given.

2016 GPDIS Presentation: Best Practices for Creating Technical Data Packages (TDP) using 3D PDF and STEP AP242

Phil Spreier, 3D PDF Consortium

Our Objectives:
Re-imagine the 3D PDF Implementor Forum
Focus on best practices for implementing 3D PDF vs translatingDevelop & document best practices for creating a TDP using the PDF and STEP file formats that conform to MIL-STD-31000A

What did we learn?
3D PDF has unique features that make it an excellent format for TDP
Collections / Attachments
Need to explore validation for PMI associativity
Best practices can help to standardize implementations. This in turn benefits processes such as validation

Communicating a New Way of Doing Business – 3D PDFs the Boeing Way

Joed Dougherty, BDS Engineering, The Boeing Company

This presentation examines what the MBD looks like in a 3D PDF. It reviews the design and manufacturing authority and whether they are different. Finally, the challenges of deriving 3D geometry and PMI from the original (native) CAD are presented.

This presentation was delivered by at the PLM Road Map™ 2015 for the Aerospace & Defense Industry Featuring 3D CIC.

3D PDF and Long Term Archiving

Jerry McFeeters, Executive Director, 3D PDF Consortium
Phil Spreier, Technical Director, 3D PDF Consortium

Much of today’s engineering and manufacturing data needs to be archived to meet legal and product liability requirements both today and in the future.  Historically, archiving has only pertained to saving 2D data using formats such as TIFF, CGM and PDF. Today’s engineering data contains much richer 3D digital content and archiving this modern data requires a format capable of representing all of this content.

Deciding what format to use for archiving can be a confusing task. Native 3D CAD data formats are proprietary and undocumented and are not suitable for long term data archiving.  Documented, standards based formats are considered the safest formats for long term storage. However each of these formats has both strengths and weaknesses when you consider its ability to archive an entire Technical Data Package (TDP).

This presentation explores creating TDP’s using complementary standards to ensure that the data can be archived and efficiently used in the future. The PDF and STEP standards are discussed in their roles for archiving both business and engineering data.

This presentation was delivered at the Global Product Data Interoperability Summit (GPDIS) 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Global Product Data Interoperability Summit (GPDIS) 2013

In this presentation Dave Opsahl presents Implementing 3D PDF: A Survey of Manufacturing Use Cases, beginning with some introductory information about 3D PDF to set the stage for how thirteen manufacturers are using 3D PDF to implement model based enterprise (MBE) strategies, where model-based definition (MBD) is leveraged for use in a variety of downstream functions such as assembly instructions, design release, maintenance/repair/operation (MRO) and many others.

PDF Association North American Technical Conference 2013

The PDF Assocaition is an organization of approximately 200 companies that develop and deliver business solutions based on the PDF platform. As 3D is a new capability of the platform, Executive Director Dave Opsahl and Technical Director Phil Spreier were invited to present on several topics related to 3D at the first annual PDF Association North American Technical Conference in Seattle, Washington August 14-15, 2013.

  • 7 Minutes with a PDF Standard

    3D PDF Consortium Technical DIrector Phil Spreier gives a short overview of the ISO standards activity around 3D, covering mainly PDF/E and PRC.

  • Implementing 3D PDF

    Executive DIrector Dave Opsahl gives a presentation on what’s involved with implementing 3D support inside PDF-enabled software products, how it is similar to standard PDF, and where it is different (which turns out not to be too many places).

  • PDF/A Meet PDF/E

    Dave and Phil team up for this third presentation on why certain aspects of the PDF/A archiving standard are not as relevant to 3D data as they are to industry, and how PDF/E views the need for archiving (which is being addressed as part of the PDF/E ISO standard).


3D Collaboration and Interoperability Conference (3DCIC) 2013

The 3DCIC conference is an annual event put on by Longview Advsors to gather up manufacturing industry professionals with an interest in interoperability challenges and solutions leveraging 3D data. In this presentation, Executive Director Dave Opsahl talks about how 3D PDF can enable the business purpose behind all 3D collaboration and interoperability efforts – enabling the model based enterprise (MBE), where the maximum leverage is realised by using 3D data across the value chain in a variety of different workflows.


MBE Summit 2012

In this presentation, keynoting a session at the 2012 Model Based Enterprise Summit 2012 on lightweight visualization, Consortium Executive Director Dave Opsahl informs the audience on how what we typically refer to as “visualization”, while a needed and extremely valuable category of solutions, is not the same as “communication”. The MBE Summit, hosted annually by the National Institue of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a gathering of managers, technologists, engineers, and thought leaders on how to enable the Model Based Enterprise (MBE).

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Introduction to the 3D PDF Consortium

This presentation is a general one and contains an explanation of 3D PDF, how it works, how it is used, who is using it, and some information about the Consortium, its organization and structure. To download this presentation, click here.  To review this presentation on Slideshare, click here.