Aras First to Provide Embedded CAD to 3D PDF Converter in PLM Platform

PDF Conversion Capability is Key Building Block in Aras Secure Social Strategy 

ANDOVER, Mass. and Munich, Germany – April 30, 2013 Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced the first ever CAD to 3D PDF converter embedded in a PLM vault server. Now, with the addition of the 3D PDF converter Aras supports 3D, 2D, Microsoft Office, images & scans and other data types in a single, powerful, open format: PDF, enabling users across the extended enterprise to view all formats of product data in a single common user interface without buying additional software.

With the embedded converter, Aras has eliminated the need for specialized visualization formats that only handle 3D, require expensive licenses and force content lock-in resulting in dead-ends. Aras utilizes the HOOPS technology from Tech Soft 3D for the conversion of all the major 3D formats including CATIA, Creo, SolidWorks, NX, JT and STEP. The result is a highly accurate and compressed PDF for collaboration throughout the corporation and the supply chain.

“Now everyone can use the 3D content created by CAD because it’s converted to standard PDF and can be easily utilized in work instructions, tech pubs, digital mock-up and a lot more,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “We believe that getting everything into a single open format - not just 3D, but also 2D drawings, schematics, in fact all product content - enables a new level of visual collaboration and lays the foundation for our secure social strategy.”

Highlights

• Automatically generates 3D PDF viewables and thumbnails

• Enables 3D measurement, redline & markup and 3D comments

• Easily hide, show and isolate components

• Cross-sectioning and stored views

• Pervasive PDF format

• Configurable admin capabilities for what file types get converted and when

• Option to automatically generate STL files for 3D printers

• Included for all Aras subscribers

For more information about the Aras 3D PDF Converter and the Aras Secure Social Strategy, please visit http://aras.com/plm/001911

About Aras

Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm

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