Mfg Companies leverage 3D PDF for Global Collaboration

The folks over at Plastics Today posted a great article on their Injection Molding website written by Adobe’s own Rak Bhalla that discusses the advantages 3D PDF offers to manufacturing companies. It includes data from a Harris Interactive poll that gives insight into the importance of collaboration in today’s manufacturing environments and then discusses how common problems and bottlenecks encountered when you need to collaborate with suppliers, partners and customers using 3D CAD data can be mitigated by using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and 3D PDF. The article includes quotes about specific ROI achieved by several companies that have deployed Acrobat and 3D PDF including Eaton, Prokka, Indak, Atrus, Bradrock Industries, and Sunbeam.
The article also discusses how the Adobe Acrobat 3D PDF platform can be leveraged by other software companies and points to several CAD companies who already support 3D PDF today like SolidWorks, PTC, Lattice, Right Hemisphere, and Actify—all of whom now output 3D PDF files directly from their systems.
You can find the article here.

Address Cost Issues Now

In today’s challenging economic climate, large scale IT projects are being postponed, especially in the manufacturing sector, but that doesn’t mean all progress has to stop.  Companies are addressing cost-related issues, especially where there is a near term payback.  PDF is one of those solutions that help you leverage previous investments. Remember this image from a previoius article:

Adobe solutions are never about “rip and replace”.  It’s about extending and execution based upon what you alread have in place.  Yet, there is no risk to strategic projects. PDF, Acrobat and our enterprise Livecycle solutions are totally compatible with SOA architectures and large scale systems like PLM, so when you get there integration will not be issue. In this case, you can have it both ways!


There are lots of other things we are doing to start reaping benefits quickly by helping you prepare the organization for improvements.

Read on to learn how Adobe can help you NOW.

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The Third Dimension

I just read an interesting and well-written article by Hugh Davies in the December 29 issue of Building Design.  Mr. Davies’ article, was entitled PDFs ready to enter the third dimension. We appreciate the article and the attention 3D PDFs are receiving in architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing industries.  Indeed, adoption is growing substantially.  As far as I know, Adobe had no role in the article whatsoever.

Mr. Davies ends the article by stating “3D PDFs have huge potential, but perhaps if they are to become an everyday means of communicating design intentions, it would help if the viewing features incorporated into the Extended version were incorporated into the free version of the software.  Nevertheless, 3D PDF is a powerful and accessible file format.”

It is the last sentence I would like to dig into a bit, because all of the viewing capability is there in the Reader.  I’m not sure we are explaining it well.  Click on “more” to see what I mean.

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Adobe 3D PDF Update

I’m happy to announce that we have just posted the Acrobat Pro Extended 3D update in North America.  The rest of the geographies will follow very shortly.  This 3D update contains support for recent versions of CAD file formats and bug fixes for 3D specific features in Acrobat Pro Extended and 3D Reviewer.

Click "more" below to read about the changes and how to get it… free of course.

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Batch Processing Revisited — Part Three

This is the third in a series about batch conversion of 3D files.  I explained in previous articles how Adobe’s Livecycle PDF Generator 3D Enterprise Suite is helping enterprise customers automate the production of 3D PDFs.  In the first entry I gave an example of a 3D PDF and described, at a high level, how it works.  In the second entry discussed ways customers are using PDF G3D, from simple to the most complex options available.  In this entry, I will build upon the previous two entries to discuss supplier collaboration workflows and how customers are streamlining operations with 3D PDFs. Click “more” to read on.

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Batch Processing Revisited — Part 2

This is a follow on to a recent article about batch conversion of 3D files.  I explained in the previous article Adobe’s Livecycle PDF Generator 3D Enterprise Suite, which was released in July, is helping enterprise customers automate the production of 3D PDFs.  Last time we gave an example of a 3D PDF and described, at a high level, how it works.  In this entry, I will dig more deeply into ways customers are using PDF G3D, from simple to the most complex options available.  Read on to learn more about Livecycle PDF Generator 3D.

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3D PDF Batch Processing Revisited

Batch Conversion Revisited – Part One

Well over a year ago I wrote a blog article about batch conversions.  It was an article that described how Acrobat 3D version 8 could convert files, including 3D CAD of course, to PDF in batch mode.  Acrobat Pro Extended, as Acrobat 3D is now known can certainly do a nice job of batch conversion, but with the advent of Adobe’s Livecycle PDF Generator 3D Enterprise Suite, we truly have an enterprise option.  Here is an example of what is doable with 3D PDFs generated automatically using PDF Generator 3D:

Imagine you are a manufacturer with an incoming parts inspection need.  You must supply instructions to users on the plant floor and collect data for management reports.  With PDF Generator 3D it is possible to create advanced PDFs such as these.  Even though I am not going to cover everything required to create 3D PDFs like this in this article, I wanted to show you an example of what is possible and explain in basic terms how these PDFs can be created automatically. 

Please read on to learn more about PDF Generator 3D can help you be successful with these kinds of manufacturing work flows.

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Acrobat Podcast Series

For those of you partial to the podcast format you might want to take a look at the Acrobat podcast series over at the Acrobat Lounge. There are several already there and we are trying to post at a rate of one new podcast per week. Most of these will be topics of general interest, but there are at least 4 that cover mfg- and/or 3D-related topics.

We’re Coming to Your City

Adobe Manufacturing Fall 2008 Events


The Adobe Manufacturing Business Development Team will be at several events this Fall.  We will be presenting at several of the events and will greet customers and demonstrate our solutions for manufacturing at all of the events.  We are riding the crest of both the Acrobat Pro Extended Release and the Livecycle PDF Generator 3D release for enterprise customers.  These two products are generating a great deal of momentum in the marketplace.  Read on to get a rundown of the shows will be at.

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Free Web-based Training for Acrobat 9 Pro Extended

For those of you who would like to learn about the 3D capabilities of Acrobat 9 Pro Extended but do not want to download and install the free 30 day trial, you now have another option…

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