Announcing 3D PDF publisher for Creo from Theorem Solutions.
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Announcing 3D PDF publisher for Creo from Theorem Solutions.

April 23rd 2014 -- This first native 3D PDF Publisher enables Creo users to quickly and easily create documentation containing interactive 3D data published directly from native data.  The published 3D interactive data contained within the PDF file can be viewed and interrogated using the free Acrobat Reader application available from Adobe.

The 3D PDF plugin for Creo has a “save as PDF” feature from within the Creo user interface.  It also features a batch output capability to automate the publication process into PDF.

Once published the viewer will be able to view the 3D model, interrogate the model tree sub-assemblies, turn components in assemblies on and off, view  shaded, rendered, wireframe and cross-sectioned components and assemblies. CAD data publishing just got serious.

Theorem’s Publish 3D.

Publish 3D derives many of its features from Theorem’s Process Manager Suite of data exchange automation tools.  The enterprise-wide Publish 3D solution has a high level of sophistication which ensures that all CAD resources are fully utilised by scheduling publishing routines using hardware and CAD licenses as they become available or by scheduling publication routines overnight.

Currently, most employees up and down the supply chain cannot open CAD documents.  “If only there was a free 3D system that everyone could read, view and mark-up”.  Well there is now!

Theorem’s 3D PDF documents will extend the use of your 3D design data way beyond the boundaries of mainstream engineering. 3D PDF opens up massive opportunities for sharing design intent within organisations and through the supply and distribution chains.

The potential for enhanced collaboration using 3D PDFs is incredible. 

Now, your Creo data can be analysed up and down the supply chain and optimised for improvements to assembly, product cost, quality, tool making and marketing. This will certainly lead to reduced lead-times, fewer mistakes and better products.

“Improved collaboration will result in improved exchanges of data and more importantly design intent from the design engineer”. 

The working PDF document can be annotated, shared and additional media embedded including text, PowerPoint files, spreadsheets, AVI movies and hyperlinks to additional online information.

The process can also be further automated using Theorem Solutions Publish 3D package. 

Publish 3D will automate batch routines to utilise available hardware and CAD licenses to publish the 3D model as a 3D PDF and then send the files to a distribution list via email, ftp or cloud based collaboration systems.

Once set up, Publish 3D will pull engineering data from a variety of enterprise-wide information repositories or MRP systems and populate a bespoke form.

In addition you can embed the native Creo data into the PDF as a transportation vessel. It is like an intelligent media rich zip-file.  3D PDFs are extremely lightweight and therefore easily emailed without the danger of it being blocked by a firewall or inbox capacity. Intellectual Property can also be exchanged in a PDF thus protecting the native Creo data.

The ability to share data with non-CAD users is extremely important to reduce ambiguity and possessing the capability to publish these feature-rich documents without having to interrupt the CAD user throughout their working day is a major step forward.

This new publishing methodology will ensure Creo development processes are improved with an increased clarity of design intent. This is undoubtedly crucial to any company and the benefits are multiplied for multi-site organisations, companies employing sub-contractors or matrix organisations. 

Watch this space for more features including a digital rights management version later this year.

If you would like to see and test drive a 3D PDF document visit:


Claire Rowlands
Stratique Marketing and PR
+44(0) 1827 303685

Kevin Levy
Theorem Solutions
+44(0) 1827 305 350
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