3D PDF (U3D & PRC)

U3D and PRC are both 3D file formats that can be used to embed 3D models and assemblies in a PDF container file. A 3D PDF file can contain precise geometry representation (B-Rep), Tessellated (triangulated) presentation of B-Rep geometry, Assembly structure and PMI (3D annotations).

PRC (Product Representation Compact) have been created in 2002 by TTF (acquired by adobe in 2011). PRC format is now published as an ISO standard (14739-1:2014).

U3D (Universal 3D) was defined by "3D Industry Forum" consortium including diverse group of companies and organizations (Intel, Boeing, HP, Adobe Systems, Bentley Systems,Right Hemisphere and others).

PRC is generally prefered due to the following benefits:

  • Shape definitions for NURBS
  • Triangle mesh compression
  • Annotations, PMI, Markup (missing on U3D)
  • Complex Assemblies
  • ISO Standard

CAD Interop distributes several solutions to view, exchange and validate 3D PDF files. We offer custom solution to meet every unique need:

  • Spinfire CADtoCAD translator

    SpinFire CAD2CAD Translator enables multi-CAD data exchange support. With CAD2CAD, you can work more efficiently by smoothly and accurately converting multiple 3D formats. Your team will benefit from the richness of the data that is translated, including visualization (tessellations), product structure, precise B-rep, Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) as well as attributes and metadata. CAD2CAD enables you to share and integrate your product data into a varietyof workflows by accurately converting it into common CAD formats.

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  • CAD Translation, Healing and Repair

    CAD Translation, Healing and Repair with CADfix

    CADfix offers numerous translation, healing & repair advantages:

    • A range of tools to repair automatically or interactively a model to get a sewn solid.
    • Multiple CAD imports
    • Batch processing
    • Intelligent model quality diagnostics and repair
    • Automatic processing Wizards
    • User-controlled model defeaturing
    • Interactive fixing tools
    • Multiple CAD/CAE exports

    The CADfix workflow accommodates novice, occasional and experienced users. Translations and repairs requiring manual intervention can be completed with minimal effort:

    • Diagnostic results are explained and illustrated in clear, accessible language
    • Problems are color-coded according to severity
    • Users are guided through a choice of solutions
    • Model diagnostics are automatically updated after each repair

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  • CAD Reuse for CAE

    CAD Reuse for CAE

    CADfix offers CAE analysts the ability to automatically and interactively repair and transform CAD geometries prior to analysis. CADfix ensures that solid or surface models are robustly translated effectively into target systems. CADfix offers a full range of import and export functionality for pre-processing CAD data from native and neutral formats.

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  • Spinfire CAD import

    Spinfire Professional

    SpinFire provides the capability to read data from the popular CAD formats listed below:

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  • Free Spinfire Reader

    SpinFire Reader enables viewing of CAD models in Actify's compressed and secure .3D format. Spinfire Reader is free of charge and do not require a CAD system. Reader is perfect for those users who mainly need to view and share design data.

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  • Spinfire for Microsoft Office

    Consider the applications you and your staff use daily in communicating; a majority of the information workers use Microsoft Office applications at work and at home. Workers on the shop floor commonly create process sheets and work instructions with Microsoft Word; procurement and quality control personnel perform calculations using Microsoft Excel. In meetings—both internal and external—the tool of choice is Microsoft PowerPoint.

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  • How does CADIQ work?

    CADIQ validates part and assembly models from all major CAD systems and neutral formats. It identifies problems in an interactive, side-by-side 3D display environment and highlights geometry, features and product structure that has been added, omitted or modified. It identifies changes that can greatly affect reuse in downstream applications such as analysis, manufacturing and data archival. All differences are quickly highlighted with the help of graphic region and mouse controls that can be configured to mimic the user interface of most major CAD systems and thus provide quick productivity to users.

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  • CADIQ Native System Interface Validation

    The purest application of product data validation requires an installation of the CAD system because native CAD system programming interfaces are used to analyze the model data "in place" without conversion of the underlying CAD part or assembly. The CADIQ Analyzer can be launched from within an active CAD system session or in standalone mode as managed by the CADIQ Controller. The analysis process can either run locally or on a distributed network of workstations. It has a command line interface to enable integration into an automated workflow or PLM process. The CADIQ Analyzer is available for most major CAD systems on UNIX or Windows.

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  • CADIQ Native File Interfaces

    While CADIQ has always promoted Native System Interfaces as the most robust approach for validation, not all scenarios allow access to native CAD systems. This is especially the case with smaller suppliers that must adhere to typical OEM partner mandates or quality specifications. These procedures often specify that converted forms of original CAD Master Models be properly validated to confirm that the original product design intent was not altered. To support these evolving scenarios, ITI TranscenData announces support for Native File Interfaces. This enables the CADIQ Analyzer to work with a mixture of either Native System Interfaces or Native File Interfaces. The validation and business requirements can now drive the type of solution that makes the most sense for customers. CADIQ can also be more simply packaged for customers that need to quickly validate and document standalone Native CAD files without needing the original CAD system.

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  • Validation results as you need them

    There are an assortment of ways to exploit the knowledge from a CADIQ validation process.

    The validation results can be summarized in Excel spreadsheet with charts, text reports, internal company data formats or integrated directly within your PLM or Six Sigma system. The diagnostic graphics are captured for visualization in the CADIQ Viewer from which annotated side-by-side view differences can be saved into graphic image files.

    Diagnostic results can also be marked up and stored as a series of custom views which contain the stored diagnostics, CAD model viewpoints, user notes and user configurations. These custom views are stored within the CADIQ file and can optionally be published to the CADIQ Adobe 3D PDF Report to allow non-CADIQ users access to important validation knowledge.

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  • Who should use CADIQ?

    Any organization that designs or manufactures complex discrete mechanical products using 3D CAD models can benefit. CADIQ is especially valuable when data is moved between internal/external analysis and manufacturing systems or between different organizations. A robust validation process assures that quality issues and unknown changes are not propagated. This will allow customer to better control design, manufacturing and product release schedules and costs.

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  • Faster Large CAD Model Visualization with Shattered Assemblies Support

    SpinFire Ultimate now supports fully shattered CAD assemblies, making the handling of large assemblies far easier and more efficient for SpinFire users. Spinfire Ultimate can also load a large assembly with great speed. As an example, an over 300 mb model loads in mere seconds.

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  • Fast Dimensioning with Spinfire Ultimate

    Spinfire Ultimate offers the ability to automatically suggest dimensions without having to select specific dimensioning tools by simply having a user hover over a geometric entity. This feature is included to provide users massive productivity and efficiency gains by quickly and effortlessly providing access to part dimensions.

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  • Measure Boundary Volume by Surface

    With minimal user interaction, SpinFire Ultimate estimates the shape of empty spaces (voids) contained in a 3D model and can then estimate the volume of those empty spaces. Click to watch video.

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  • 3DViewStation Desktop

    3DViewStation is a viewing tool suitable not only for dynamic engineering collaboration but also for downstream users who benefit from visualization and understanding of 3D CAD data. With 3DViewStation you can view, analyze, and annotate engineering data for collaboration within your organization and throughout your business supply chain. Import, Export and view data from all major CAD systems such as CATIA V5, NX or ProE/Creo.

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  • 3DViewStation Active-X

    3DViewStation AX is an ActiveX-component based on our 3DViewStation, designed specifically for the requirements of our customers. It comes complete with a native 3D CAD viewer component, and a 3D viewer with all capabilities you will ever need for visual navigation.

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  • 3DViewStation WebViewer

    3DViewStation WebViewer is a version based on our 3DViewStation technology. 3DViewStation WebViewer is a highly performant browser version CAD Viewer, which will allow you to access your 3D CAD data anytime and anywhere and with any device from PC to smartphone. A browser is all you need - no installation necessary. Integrated 3D Viewer for portals, for xMS and PLM systems allow the implementation of 3D viewing in product or parts portals and PLM clients.

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  • 3DViewStation Automation Server

    3DViewStation Automation Server is a flexible and scalable server-based solution for the automated processing of 3D data, complex 2D and 3D documents, and automated drawing comparisons.

    In addition to integrations of the Automation Server in any leading systems, like PDM systems or SAP via a web service (SOA), KISTERS also offers a client for end users, which allows ad hoc use of many of the Kisters Automation Server functions, including conversions of native CAD assemblies into 3D PDF, or the comparison of 2 versions of a drawing. The end user client uses the same server and ensures that enterprise guidelines regarding standardized document creation are complied with.

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  • 3DViewStation demo

    Improve your CAD visualization experience : Downlaod a free evalutation of 3DViewStation

    To request an evaluation version of our 3DViewStation DesktopCAD Viewer, please complete the following form as detailled as possible.

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  • Illimited access tou your CAD assemblies with OnVidus

    OnVidus associated with 3DViewStation WebViewer is a practice visualization solution offering any user the ability to access their data 2D & 3D CAD, or other documents. Its use is possible not only inside the corporate network, but also from outside on the go, using any device, even a smart phone.


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