How to strategically leverage and maximise investments in PLM

June 05 2014 --- Engineering companies spend substantial sums on PLM Tools and infrastructure as well as large educational and training investments in staff to make best use of those tools. They do that to optimise their design processes and to produce the best products. 3D product data is generated in 3D CAD systems and is locked away in secure PLM systems. This data is accessible to those with specialist viewing applications but the data is hidden to many. One route to maximising that investment in innovation and design is to share the 3D data “in a safe mode,” more widely internally and externally.

A new era of intelligent documentation and information exchange utilising 3D PDFs is emerging.  The aptly named Publish 3D system is an enabling tool for anyone who needs to be involved in the process so they can read, view and mark-up this 3D data, thus speeding up the development process to leverage investments in CAD and PLM data assets. This allows those within the organisation and supply chain to view, interrogate and contribute to the creative process and importantly, in an increasingly competitive marketplace gain a strategic advantage.

Publish 3D, developed by Theorem Solutions, is an enterprise wide yet simple to deploy and easy to use solution, designed specifically to automatically process large volumes of data from native CAD systems – CATIA V5, Creo, NX and JT, enabling collaborative teams to quickly and easily create documentation containing interactive 3D data published directly from native CAD/PLM data.  The published interactive 3D data contained within the PDF file can be viewed and interrogated using the freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The beauty of this new technology is the simplicity of deployment and ease of use, removing the barriers to integrating departments, customers and suppliers into the product lifecycle process. Imagine the scenario where everyone in the organisation and the supply chain can view interrogate and contribute to the creative process.  The opportunity for gaining strategic advantage by adopting this new technology to leverage your CAD and PLM assets should not be underestimated.

3D PDF offers an easy and low cost way to leverage those investments internally and with suppliers and customers. In doing that the value contained in the data created with the PLM Tools is added to at all stages of the product creation process. In addition creating intelligent PDF documents adds value to the 3D data, removes ambiguity, provides a means for everybody to add their comments and advice, so speeding up and enriching the product creation process. It also reduces errors at all stages of the process.

The 3D PDF has been described as a media-rich vessel and can contain hundreds of pages and legacy revisions which will assist the management of risk, compliance needs and audit trails in a fast moving development process. The 3D adds value to the 2D information in the document and the 2D information adds detail and intent to the 3D model.  You do not get this richness by sending a solitary CAD file attached to an email or a zip file containing numerous documents and can also be configured for automation, seamlessly into any organisation or PLM process, saving many hours of CAD engineering time.

This is a new era of intelligent documentation and information exchange.  So if you want to improve your Return on Investment on PLM tools it is worth looking into 3D PDFs to leverage the value of your data internally and in the extended enterprise.

To download some sample interactive 3D PDF documents please click here:

To find out more on how to improve your ROI and improve your collaboration process please email Theorem Solutions on Email Contact or call +44 (0) 1827 305 350 (UK, Europe Asia Pacific Regions).

For USA and the Americas please email Email Contact or call (513) 576 1100


Kevin Levy
Theorem Solutions
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