Tech Soft 3D Blog

Do you Zip files? You should 3D PDF them instead for better, structured communication. Listen to the new Beyond 3D Podcast!

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Jan 31, 2017 3:17:30 PM

There are millions of 3D PDFs used in different manufacturing workflows every day, across the globe.  So why are there still so many misconceptions about how 3D PDFs can be used? How versatile they are, how much better they are than Zipping a ton files together and hoping the recipient can figure out how to view them all. The 3D PDF Consortium was founded for exactly this purpose – to provide education and awareness to the market about 3D PDFs.  We talk with Jerry McFeeters, the Executive Director, and Phil Spreier, Technical Director to dispel some of the bigger myths when it comes to 3D PDF creation and use.

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Topics: 3D PDF

Beyond 3D Podcast with David Ewing of Aras - 3D PDF is a Home Run, and Any Company of Any Size Can Afford to Implement It

Posted by Tyler Barnes on Oct 10, 2016 11:18:08 AM

In this episode of the Beyond 3D podcast, David Ewing from the Aras Corporation talks about how he and his team implemented a 3D PDF strategy for a project while he was at B/E Aerospace that ended up saving hundreds of hours, and hundreds of thousands of dollars.  And it was so simple and effective, that using 3D PDF has now become the standard on nearly every project.

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Topics: 3D PDF

Beyond 3D Pilot Episode with TJ McCue – If 3D Data is So Valuable, Why Isn't Everyone Using It?

Posted by Tyler Barnes on Sep 13, 2016 12:07:58 PM

In this first pilot episode of the Beyond 3D podcast, we talk about the most common topics and challenges that come up in conversations with customers, partners and industry influencers – everything from complexity and process challenges, to how to deal with tech trends such as cloud and mobile.

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Topics: 3D PDF, CAD, CAM, , 3D CAD, ISV, Engineering

Igniting the 3D documentation revolution – 3D PDF for the model based enterprise

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Jan 7, 2016 10:58:00 AM

This blog originally appeared on the GrabCAD blog: http://blog.grabcad.com/blog/2015/12/22/igniting-the-3d-documentation-revolution-3d-pdf-for-the-model-based-enterprise/

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Topics: MBE, MBD, 3D PDF

5 Lessons We’ve Learned since Acquiring Tetra4D

Posted by Ron Fritz on Jul 16, 2015 9:00:00 AM

In a previous blog, I noted how incredibly rare it is for a company to give an honest assessment of how things panned out after an acquisition, both positively and negatively. In the heady first days, there is always talk of synergies, new markets, revenue growth, combined talents, etc. But we all know that things very rarely go exactly as planned, which means that there are surprises (of both the positive and negative variety) to learn from. If only those lessons were routinely and widely shared.

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Topics: 3D PDF Reader, Our culture, 3D PDF, Partners, Industry Insight, Tetra4D

MBE Blog 2: Visualization ≠ Communication

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Oct 6, 2014 10:26:00 AM

I began this blog series in my previous post by talking about what model-based enterprise (MBE) means. In this post, I’d like to dispel a perception that is quite common in manufacturing enterprises, and replace it with a different way of looking at collaboration.

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Topics: MBE, MBD, 3D PDF

MBE: What's it all about?

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Aug 21, 2014 6:05:00 AM

Chances are you have heard talk around the water cooler about MBE, and thought – what’s up with that? This is the first in a series of blogs that will answer that question.

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Topics: MBE, MBD, 3D PDF

Investing In The 3D PDF Ecosystem: Why Tech Soft 3D Acquired tetra4D

Posted by Dave Opsahl on Dec 16, 2013 8:10:00 AM

Tech Soft 3D and tetra4D today announced the acquisition of tetra4D by Tech Soft 3D. This event marks the beginning of a new chapter in the 3D PDF world, and I wanted to take a few minutes and explain what this means for the customers of 3D PDF Converter, the partners who have helped build tetra4D into a growing business, and Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS customers.

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Topics: Our culture, 3D PDF, HOOPS Exchange, HOOPS Publish

Add 3D PDF animations with HOOPS Publish 6.1

Posted by Gavin Bridgeman on Jul 16, 2013 8:55:00 AM

The beauty of 3D PDF is that while lightweight, portable and highly shareable, it’s also powerful enough to contain mind-blowing amounts of design data. With HOOPS Publish 6.1, we’re fully capitalizing on that fact by adding animation support. New APIs allow developers to easily define advanced animations within a 3D PDF.

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Topics: Product News, 3D PDF, HOOPS Publish

An encounter with 3D PDF

Posted by Gina Miller on Jun 3, 2013 4:12:00 PM

A funny thing happened on the way to work this morning. As I was getting ready to leave the house, my husband said, “Guess what? I got my first 3D PDF file yesterday.” 

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Topics: 3D PDF, Adobe, HOOPS Publish