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.”
The “secret weapon” is 3D PDF, and it’s changing the way manufacturing information is shared and used, transforming the way the military operates, and rapidly impacting the rest of the manufacturing world. And, okay – it’s not really a secret. ROI stories are popping up in articles such as these and are outlined in detail at conferences such as CIC, NIST MBE Summit and GPDIS.
What is the 3D PDF Reader? It’s an iOS app that lets users view and interact with 3D data embedded within a PDF file. Actually, it’s the only product available that can read the PRC file format, one of the 3D formats supported within PDF. PRC is a data-rich format like STEP, and supports geometry, assembly structure, and PMI – essentially, the information one needs in most engineering workflows.
The answer to both questions is: Yes, very much so. If anything, we underestimated the specific upsides, but trusted ourselves that we would discover opportunities once we “took the leap.” I’m sure there are even more upsides still undetected, but which will emerge over time.
Those two years have passed quickly, with the technology and the outstanding development team in Lyon, France, quickly becoming a natural and important part of Tech Soft 3D. We’re forever changed.