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PDF Generator 3D 8.0 with HTLM5 export and 2D derivation

By Timo Trautmann

PROSTEP presents Version 8.0 of its 3D PDF Generator, which enables both the export of 3D data to HTML5 and the automatic generation of BOMs with 2D views of 3D components. This means that the solution now offers even greater flexibility when used as a service content generator, e.g. for publishing spare parts catalogs in the web, or as a motor for driving the implementation of drawing-free processes forward.

The export of 3D data to HTML5 is one of the key innovations in PDF Generator 3D 8.0. The software offers innovative functions for publishing 3D data together with metadata in the web. The 3D content of the HTML pages can be visualized in virtually all currently available browsers – both on desktop computers and on mobile devices running under iOS or Android. Responsive design means that the pages displayed are automatically adapted to the end device being used.

Like 3D PDF templates, corresponding HTML5 templates can be stored and used to create the web pages. They allow the pages to be displayed in line with customer specifications regarding layout and corporate identity. The standard PDF Generator 3D package includes a template that customers can use immediately.

As from version 8.0, PDF Generator 3D also makes it possible to automatically generate BOMs with 2D views of the 3D components. This means that PROSTEP has now fulfilled the wish of customers who, in many cases, not only want to integrate 3D representations in their 3D PDFs but also 2D views derived from assemblies and individual parts. Derivation takes place during conversion in conjunction with the PDF Generator 3D TDP module, which can also be used to create BOM tables for spare parts catalogs for example.

The TDP module includes all the key functions needed to generate technical data packages as required for establishing drawing-free processes in accordance with the VDA guideline 4953-2 and the US military standard MIL-STD-31000.

Not only can this module be used to embed 3D representations and STEP AP 242 metadata in PDF/A-3-compliant containers but also to derive static 2D views from dynamic 3D PDF models. PROSTEP and Adobe recently expanded the terms of their long-standing cooperation agreement to allow PROSTEP to utilize the features in the AEM Forms product suite needed to do this.

In addition to supporting the current formats of all leading CAD systems, the new version 8.0 of PDF Generator 3D also provides support for the 3D formats DWG and DXF for the first time. The native processing of the widely used AutoCAD formats not only makes it easier to provide HTML5 and 3D PDF content for architecture and building information management (BIM) but also for service documentation.

Thanks to HTML5 export and the automatic generation of BOMs with 2D views, PDF Generator 3D can be used as a service content generator. A typical use case involves the automated creation of spare parts catalogs, which end users can use without having to install additional software on their end devices. Integrations to virtually all leading ERP and PDM/PLM systems and direct access to more than 20 different CAD formats allow the creation of catalogs to be automated to an extremely high degree, thus saving a substantial amount of time and money. This is of particular benefit to companies that produce spare parts catalogs for products configured according to customer specifications – regardless of whether these are small machines or large systems.