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PDF Generator 3D 6.0: Improved Support for MBE

by Timo Trautmann

The new version 6.0 of PROSTEP's server solution PDF Generator 3D now offers an even wider range of functions for the Model Based Enterprise. Key innovations include the option of changing the color of PMI (product manufacturing information) annotations so that they stand out better against the model background.

Model Based Enterprise (MBE) refers to the use of a 3D master model as the medium for the paperless and drawingless communication of engineering data to downstream processes such as prototyping, manufacturing and assembly. This requires that all the relevant information can be represented in the 3D model correctly and in its entirety. The new version of PDF Generator 3D takes account of this with numerous enhancements.

In addition to the option of changing the color of PMI annotations, the transfer of PMI when converting models from PTC Creo, SolidWorks, CATIA V5, NX and JT into 3D PDF has also been improved and accelerated for example. The ID of topological elements is now retained when importing models from both CATIA V5 and Parasolid. This enhancement allows unchanged 3D models to be recognized in processes that include the detection of changes. Also new is the support provided for the latest CAD formats CATIA V5-6 R2015, Inventor 2016, NX 10.0.4, Solid Edge ST8, Solid Works 2016 and JT version 10.0 DM 8.1.3.3.

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