Solidworks 2007 – recap

Solidworks 2007 in New Orleans has come and gone. Adobe participated in the 4 day vendor exhibit and I presented on the topic, “Hurdling the Obstacles to 3D Collaboration’ during a breakout session. My impression is that Solidworks World ranks as one of the better attended CAD/PLM user group conferences in North America and this year was no different.


We were able to talk with over 500 Solidworks users, reselllers and partners during the event where we were featuring an early view of Acrobat 3D version 8. The response was very enthusiastic and the features most often cited as particularly interesting were

  • The ability to combine mutliple types of information including Solidworks parts and assemblies into a PDF file
  • The ability to import 40+ 3D file formats into PDF and then export that 3D information to STEP, IGES, or Parsolid formats for reuse by the recipient in Solidworks or other 3D applications
  • The ability to view and interact with 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI)

Lot’s of people asked about how Acrobat 3D compared to eDrawings and after hearing that Acrobat 3D is built on Acrobat Professional and seeing examples of how to use 3D in compound and interactive PDF documents were able to differentiate the use cases for each very easily.