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Katharine Edmonds
Katharine Edmonds
Marketing Communications Assistant at Theorem Solutions

Publishing interactive documentation containing 3D content with associated MBD information

December 8th, 2015 by Katharine Edmonds

Theorem’s Publish 3D suite of products enable the publishing of 3D CAD data directly from within design applications and visualization data using batch processing to interactive 3D PDF documents. The published 3D PDF document output contains embedded interactive 3D representations of the native CAD data (within a pre-defined template).

Publish 3D products support the processing of Model Based Definition (MBD) information when publishing 3D PDF documents from native CAD and visualization data. 3D annotations, dimensions (PMI/FTA/GD&T), assembly structure, geometry, views, and attribute data (where available) are published to the 3D PDF document at the point of creation helping to streamline the design and manufacturing process into a paper free digital process.

Publishing an information rich 3D CAD model to a 3D PDF document that fully defines the product and provides specifications, for both parts and assemblies, helps to remove the need for associated paper documents saving time, resource and potential risk of error.


3D PDF’s have the capability to be interrogated, marked-up and annotated, and can also act as a ‘carrier’ file for additional data to be transported (such as spreadsheets, images AVI Movies, hyperlinks, as well as native CAD data), creating a richer file and source of information reducing ambiguity.

Using Publish 3D with associated MBD processing information is the best approach to define and communicate engineering product component data, and sharing the information using interactive 3D PDF documentation makes it more accessible and consumable throughout the manufacturing process by anyone who has access to Adobe Reader.

The benefits of using Theorem’s Publish 3D publishing products to help to achieve a completely digital design to manufacturing process include lowered costs and time to manufacture, an improvement in quality and a reduction in ambiguity through eliminating potential errors, and the safeguarding of Intellectual Property by publishing the CAD and visualization data to a 3D PDF which can also be protected.

As the 3D PDF format is an easily consumed document that can be readily accessed by anyone with the Adobe reader, it is opening up opportunities for sharing information within an organisation and up and down the supply/distribution chains.

The simplicity of 3D PDF, low cost, and ease of use allows for the integration of departments, customers and suppliers into the product lifecycle process which leads to reduced lead times, fewer mistakes and better products.

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