At the heart of TDP for Teamcenter is PROSTEP'S server solution PDF Generator 3D, which is based on Adobe's original technology. This uses intelligent templates to allow automatic generation of 3D PDF documents. The package also includes the tried-and-tested converters for NX and JT and the Teamcenter integration facility, which provides the foundation for enhancing 3D PDF documents to include metadata and for managing, versioning and distributing them with the help of PLM. To enable the Siemens PLM customers to use the bundle out of the box, PROSTEP developed a special template. This is used to automatically structure the models and views in the 3D PDF documents based on the stipulations in VDA Guideline 4953-2 for drawing-free processes. The guideline stipulates, for example, how models and views are arranged in the 3D PDFs and how they are represented when printed.
Appropriately preconfigured settings mean that TDT for Teamcenter is very fast and easy to implement. And yet the bundle allows for flexible extension if, for example, customers want to integrate 3D models from other CAD systems in the drawing-free processes or also want to make the 3D PDF documents available in their ERP environment. Compared with 3D communication using other neutral formats, the key advantage of PROSTEP's 3D solution is the ability to collate all the descriptive product data in a single document and to view the 3D PDF documents with the standard Adobe Reader. This also makes TDT for Teamcenter an interesting proposition for users who are already using JT as a neutral format for communicating 3D information. The PROSTEP converter allows the JT data to be automatically converted to 3D PDF documents. The use of Adobe Reader means that the demands made on both the infrastructure and the users' existing knowledge are very modest, thus making 3D PDF the ideal format for widespread use. Alternatively, users can work with JT2GO if native JT models are incorporated in the 3D PDF documents.