How to Publish a 3D PDF with SOLIDWORKS MBD

How to Publish a 3D PDF with SOLIDWORKS MBD

The essence of Model Based Definition (MBD) is to directly define dimensions and annotations on the 3D model so that it can be reused throughout the life cycle. However, users sometimes don’t have the software tool or the hardware tool to open the CAD file. 3D PDF can lower the barrier of consuming 3D data as it can be opened with Adobe Reader on various devices. 3D PDF eases the transition from 2D drawing approach to 3D MBD approach, as it is more intuitive, easy to print, and can be opened in Adobe Reader or mobile devices. SOLIDWORKS MBD has the capability to publish a highly-interactive 3D PDF that incorporates 3D content for readers to zoom, rotate, and measure the 3D model with Adobe Reader. The general procedure of publishing a 3D PDF is summarized in 5 steps in the following flow chart.  3D PDF

This 3-minute video will help SOLIDWORKS MBD users to explore some hidden gems of 3D PDF features.

As mentioned in the video, some critical steps of publishing a 3D PDF include:

  • Before creating 3D PDF, define necessary PMI including dimension, GD&T, Notes, over the model directly.
  • In order to properly organize the layout of PMI, 3D View is a great tool in SOLIDWORKS MBD to organize PMI as it can save a 3D View with different combinations of annotation views, zooming factors, configurations, display states, etc.
  • SOLIDWORKS MBD also gives users the flexibility to create a 3D PDF template. As shown in the video, 3D viewports, thumbnails list, images, tables, titles, and notes can all be customized for more effective communication with readers.
  • After all ingredients are prepared, the 3D PDF can be published in SOLIDWORKS MBD and add CAD file attachments using Adobe Reader.

To learn more tips and tricks about SOLIDWORKS MBD and 3D PDFs in short animations, please check out hashtag #MBD in Seconds on twitter.

Tony Cao

Tony Cao

SOLIDWORKS MBD Product Portfolio Intern
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