SOLIDWORKS MBD How-To Video Series (Part 4): How to Publish a 3D PDF

In this How-To video series, we have reviewed three steps in a model-based process:

1. How to set up SOLIDWORKS MBD and annotate 3D models?
2. How to organize the annotations in 3D models?
3. How to customize easy-to-use 3D PDF templates?

Now with the solid models, organized 3D annotations and easy-to-use 3D PDF templates, you can publish PDF documents with rich 3D content as shown in the image below.

The recipients can just open the PDF with Adobe Reader which has been installed on 95% of internet-connect computers. So your team members, suppliers or clients probably don’t have to purchase or install separate software tools, or go through the IT administrative approval processes.
However, a key question is how to publish a professional and practical 3D PDF? Let’s watch the video by Chris Pagliarini and see how.

Furthermore, I’m often asked these questions below. If you are wondering as well, this video answers them all.

1. How can I bundle several technical documents together with a PDF? The goal is that the data senders and recipients don’t have to send, receive or manage separate documents. Military-Standard-31000A called this bundle a Technical Data Package (TDP).

2. What if the PDF file size is too big? We really don’t care about the model accuracy down to the macro level since the document is more visual consumption anyway. But the file sizes matter a lot to our PDM or PLM systems or external email communications.

3. We need to attach STP 242 files to 3D PDF for machine shops, but the attachment is often forgotten, or doesn’t match the 3D PDF model. How can we ensure the correct STP file is attached?

I hope you enjoy the video and find the answers you need. Most importantly, our goal is to empower you to publish cool 3D PDF as well. Please share your feedback in the comment area below. To learn more about SOLIDWORKS MBD, please watch the 22-minute webcast below and visit its product page.

Oboe Wu

Product portfolio manager of SOLIDWORKS MBD, passionate about smart manufacturing opportunities, Keen listener to customer challenges, Sharp problem solver with 20 years of experiences in engineering, Sleepless father trying best to take care of a baby daughter.