Using Theorem’s 3D PDF solution to share CAD data benefits Manufacturing and Tooling departments

Our latest version of our Publish 3D-3D PDF solution continues to provide an easy to use, low cost solution which enables the integration of departments, customers and suppliers into the product lifecycle process.

When the product lifecycle is at the manufacturing stages, it is essential that staff have all the necessary pieces of information that are required to put in place the manufacturing processes needed for production.

Most of this information will be passed down from the design engineers, who will have designed the product using a CAD system. But the manufacturing engineers need more than just the design visual, they need the rest of the product information, such as dimensions and materials etc. and unless they know how to use a CAD system, they may have difficulty in accessing and understanding it. Sharing data in its native digital form requires specialist resource and training. The more traditional paper route can equally be as problematic. Both routes can be expensive and time consuming and often require input from Engineering to make sense of the data.

Our Publish 3D – 3D PDF suite of products addresses these issues using Adobe’s standard PDF Reader, which is already in use in most organisations globally.

With the introduction of our Publish 3D – 3D PDF into any organisation, the processes of sharing design data are instantly enhanced and simplified, helping to improve communication and reduce any ambiguity based around product design data.

What is Publish 3D?

Publish 3D is a software application that enables the publishing of 3D CAD data directly from within the design application, alongside any associated metadata, into a fully interactive 3D PDF document. It is a fully integrated solution supporting Model Based Definition (MBD) processes, and 3D annotations and dimensions (PMI), for downstream data re-use.

This solution offers enhanced functionality enabling the design author to pass information including PMI, Geometry, Assembly Structure, Metadata, and Visualization attributes directly to the manufacturing department – without the need for a single drawing to be produced.

By creating a 3D PDF document, engineers can pass on CAD data to anyone within manufacturing or tooling who has access to Adobe reader, and they can in turn mark-up, interrogate and annotate the 3D CAD data as per their requirement and then create process plans and works instructions containing the 3D content.

Features of a 3D PDF

Using the Adobe toolbar you are able to:

  • Explode views
  • Show attribute information
  • Manipulate 3D data using zoom, pan and rotate
  • View product structure tree and hide/show different items within that structure
  • Include attachments so that a complete technical data package can be created
  • Manually mark-up and annotation
  • Cross section parts
  • Change the graphics for the 3D data using Model Rendering
  • Change lighting, background colour, text colour etc.
  • Control of the 3D geometry content using tessellated representations.

A number of widgets, such as carousels, tables, check boxes and drop down lists are also available.

Why use 3DPDF’s and Publish 3D in Manufacturing?

Working directly from within a CAD design session, Publish 3D supports the creation of documentation into the 3D PDF format, combining interactive 3D design data representations with full Product Manufacturing Information (PMI). 3D PDF documents can be used during the manufacturing process, removing the requirement for 2D drawings to be output from the CAD source data.

Using 3D PDF allows a more thorough understanding of the product due to different views being available for interrogation, along with dimensional, tolerance, and surface finish information. Additional information can be attached to the 3D PDF document (such as spreadsheets, hyperlinks, AVI’s etc.). You can then use the 3D image embedded and any additional data, such as quantities, and cost information, and lists of raw materials, to create a MBOM, which can be shared throughout the organisation and the supply chain.

And in Tooling?

With key dimension and tolerance information displayed alongside a variety of different view options, the 3D image embedded in the document and any additional data can be used in the creation of tool design and any other technical documents you may need to produce, which can then be shared easily as a compressed file via email.

How can this benefit Manufacturing/Tooling?

The benefit of this new technology is in its simplicity of deployment and ease of use, removing barriers to integrate with the manufacturing/tooling departments. The IP of the native CAD data is also protected in the 3D PDF format but data can still be exchanged. Passwords can also be set on the documents so that only certain people of your choosing can access the data.  With everyone in manufacturing or tooling needing 3D data to support and drive their processes then having 3D content in documents is key for strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive market, and leads to reduced lead times, fewer mistakes and better products.

3D PDF is a great way of leveraging CAD and PLM assets, and a simple and cost effective way of sharing those assets with others.

To learn more about 3D PDF watch our short ‘What is 3D PDF’ video…

http://www.theorem.com/3dpdf/what-is-a-3d-pdf.htm

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem’s 3D PDF solutions enhance the sharing of Engineering and Design data

With the introduction of our Publish 3D – 3D PDF into any organisation, the processes of sharing engineering design data are instantly enhanced and simplified, helping to improve communication and reduce any ambiguity based around product design data.

The ability to share 3D product design data with non CAD users internally and externally can be problematic for engineers. Sharing data in its native digital form requires specialist resource and training. The more traditional paper route can be equally as problematic. Both routes can be expensive and time consuming and often require input from Engineering to make sense of the data for next steps within the process.

As almost every department within an organisation will need to discuss a product’s design with engineering at some point along the process; the question is how this can be done more efficiently and utilising existing resource?

Our Publish 3D – 3D PDF suite of products addresses these issues using Adobe’s standard PDF Reader, which is already in use in most organisations globally.

What is Publish 3D – 3D PDF?

Publish 3D – 3D PDF is a software application that enables the publishing of 3D CAD data directly from within the native design applications, alongside any associated metadata, into the interactive 3D PDF document format.

It is a fully integrated solution supporting Model Based Definition (MBD) processes, and 3D annotations and dimensions (PMI), for downstream data re-use.

By creating a 3D PDF document, design engineers can pass on CAD data to anyone within the organisation who has access to Adobe reader, and they can in turn mark-up, interrogate and annotate the 3D CAD data as per their requirement and then pass it back to the designer for consideration.

Features of a 3D PDF

Using the Adobe toolbar you are able to:

  • Explode views
  • Show attribute information
  • Manipulate 3D data using zoom, pan and rotate
  • View product structure tree and hide/show different items within that structure
  • Include attachments so that a complete technical data package can be created
  • Manually mark-up and annotation
  • Cross section parts
  • Change the graphics for the 3D data using Model Rendering
  • Change lighting, background colour, text colour etc.
  • Control the 3D geometry content using tessellated representations.

A 3D PDF can also contain saved views showing design data in specific orientations or specific components of the design highlighted whilst other components are hidden to help speed up the process of finding what’s required. A number of widgets, such as carousels, tables, check boxes and drop down lists are also available to aid the process.

Why use 3D PDF’s and Publish 3D?

Using Publish 3D to create 3D PDF documentation can help in the design process by allowing a more thorough understanding of the 3D technical content of the product for staff who do not have CAD access. By using design data to create engineering change requests, request for quotations, and engineering change notice documents to share with engineering colleagues, this speeds up the overall process.

Any additional information can also be attached to the 3D PDF document (such as spreadsheets, hyperlinks, AVI’s etc.). You can then use the 3D image embedded in the document and any additional data when showcasing design concepts so that a full overview of the product can be seen, not just the visual element of it . This can then be shared throughout the organisation, especially with the engineering department, and the supply chain.

The IP of the native CAD data is also protected in the 3D PDF format but data can still be exchanged. Passwords can be set on the documents so that only certain people of your choosing can access the data.

3D PDF is a great way of leveraging CAD and PLM assets. When the CAD data has been produced by engineers, the 3DPDF is a simple and cost effective way of sharing that data with others.

How can this benefit Design?

Product designers have a close working relationship with other engineers as they create the initial design concept/brief which would then be shared with engineering colleagues who need to review and asses the design and provide their own input and feedback. Using 3D PDF makes this quick and easy, so speeding up the whole design cycle.

The benefit of this technology is its simplicity of deployment and ease of use, removing barriers to integrate departments, customers and suppliers into the product lifecycle process. With everyone in the organisation and supply chain contributing to the design process, this offers a gain of strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive market and leads to reduced lead times, fewer mistakes and better products.

To learn more about 3D PDF watch our short ‘What is 3D PDF’ video…

http://www.theorem.com/3dpdf/what-is-a-3d-pdf.htm

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Theorem Solutions partner with AVASIS

AVASIS, a highly experienced and established Siemens PLM provider for small, medium and large enterprises across both Germany and Switzerland, has signed a partnership agreement with Theorem Solutions to offer our Publish 3D products to the German and Swiss market. AVASIS’ team of qualified, motivated and performance-orientated individuals provide Product Lifecycle Management services, based on their mission statement of reliability, inspiration and commitment to customers.

This partnership with Theorem represents an important opportunity to provide our best-in-class products and services to its customers and the wider market. AVASIS will sell our products, with a focus on our Publish 3D product suite, offering a 3D PDF publishing solution for the NX and JT user.

I am delighted Theorem have signed this agreement with AVASIS. In recent years, due to the change in our product suite, Theorem have seen an opportunity to work together with AVASIS, and we are very pleased to have finally signed this agreement. Theorem are eager to build on this relationship to deliver the growth that both companies strive for and I am very confident this new business relationship will prove to be mutually beneficial

Neil Wharton, Business Development Manager
Theorem Solutions

As an experienced PLM service provider in the field of industrial machinery, as well as in the medical device industry, we are convinced that Theorem Solutions’ 3D PDF suite will offer our customers real added value. We have known Theorem Solutions for a long time and I am very pleased that we were able to sign this agreement. This is a genuine extension to our range of first-class services and Siemens products, which will benefit our customers.”

Nelson Labbate, PLM Project Manager
AVASIS

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem’s Publish 3D helps to protect design and visualization IP using 3D PDF

Our latest Publish 3D3D PDF suite of products now offer greater levels of Intellectual Property (IP) protection  to users publishing 3D CAD data directly to a PDF document from within their design and visualization applications.

PDF files containing interactive 3D data created using our Publish 3D provide a higher level of Intellectually Property (IP) security than native CAD files by allowing the documents to be password protected.

Native CAD files cannot be password protected, causing IP vulnerabilities when shared or accessed. Using 3D PDF, the CAD data can be translated into a tessellated format, with content such as features, history and constraints being removed, so that the 3D representation can be viewed and manipulated, but the native CAD data cannot be accessed or reproduced from the PDF alone.

This added functionality gives greater confidence when sharing sensitive information with partners and suppliers.

Using standard Adobe PDF security, a 3D PDF can be:

  • Password protected
  • Encrypted
  • Data Rights Management added
  • Restricted access for specific users with other applications such as LiveCycle, FileOpen etc.

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A 3D PDF has the capability for the document to be annotated, and can also act as a ‘carrier’ file for additional data to be transported (such as spreadsheets, AVI Movies, hyperlinks, as well as native CAD data) and create a richer file and source of information, but still keep IP secure.

3D PDF is opening up opportunities for securely sharing information within an organisation and up and down the supply/distribution chains, allowing improvements to assembly, reducing product cost and improving quality.

Anybody with access to the freely available Adobe reader, either on a PC, tablet or phone can access interactive 3D data and are able to view, mark up and interrogate the data without the use of specialist CAD software.

The simplicity of 3D PDF, low cost, and ease of use allows for the secure integration of departments, customers and suppliers into the product lifecycle process which in turn leads to reduced lead times, fewer mistakes and better products.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem’s recently released CADverter supports the latest versions of Creo and NX

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest CADverter for Creo > NX users.

V19.4 supports Creo 2.0 and 3.0 as well as NX 9.0, NX 10 and NX 11.

This uni-directional CADverter can also be licensed with our NX > Creo CADverter to create a bi-directional translator.

CADverter products translate assembly structure, geometry, attributes and, where available, 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) and Metadata between Creo and NX, supporting Model Based Definition (MBD) processes.

The aim of the CADverter is to allow the user to translate any data that they have held in a Creo format and make it useable in NX for various use cases, whether the downstream user wants a lightweight reference part to model around, or a precise copy of the data translated to allow measurement and editing of translated models.

Creo and NX data can now also be further utilised in Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality using Theorem’s Visualization Experiences App for Digital Realities.

Our strategic partnerships with PTC and Siemens ensures that there is parallel development between the latest releases of Creo, NX, and Theorem’s CADverter products, allowing us to continue to provide data solutions for the CAD community.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

Theorem’s latest Visualize 3D product for SolidWorks- JT supports SolidWorks 2016

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest version of our Visualize 3D SolidWorks-JT product.

V19.4 supports SolidWorks 2014, 2015 and 2016 along with Jtk 8.0.0.

Our Visualize 3D products are aimed at creating visualization data for users of digital mock-up, virtual reality or desktop applications.

Using JT with additional 3D PMI data as part of a Model Based Definition process allows the user to reduce the overall design costs associated with the creation of conventional 2D drawings.

Sharing SolidWorks data using the neutral ISO standard JT format allows organisations to protect the intellectual property of their designs while allowing users to explore the shape, and more easily understand the 3D definition. The IP protection can be enhanced by restricting the JT representation to be tessellated data only.

Enabling SolidWorks users to create high quality JT files enables them to share JT data with their customers and suppliers, facilitating collaboration.

SolidWorks and JT data can now be further utilised in Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality by using our Visualization Experiences App for Digital Realities.

Our strategic partnerships with Dassault Systemes and Siemens ensures that there is parallel development between the latest releases of SolidWorks, JT, and Theorem’s Visualize 3D products, allowing us to continue to provide data solutions for SolidWorks users wanting to create JT data.

For more information visit www.theorem.com

The latest Theorem Visualize 3D Creo-JT product for Creo users

We are pleased to announce the latest release of our Visualize 3D Creo-JT product.

V19.4 supports Creo 2.0 and 3.0 along with Jtk 8.0.0, and includes general improvements to read and write functions.

Our Visualize 3D products are aimed at creating visualization data for users of digital mock-up, virtual reality or desktop applications.

This uni-directional product can be licensed with our JT to Creo product to create a bi-directional translator.

Using JT with additional 3D PMI data as part of a Model Based Definition process allows the user to reduce the overall design costs associated with the creation of conventional 2D drawings.

Sharing Creo data using the neutral ISO standard JT format allows organisations to protect the intellectual property of their designs while allowing users to explore the shape, and more easily understand the 3D definition. The IP protection can be enhanced by restricting the JT representation to be tessellated data only.

Enabling Creo users to create high quality JT files enables them to share JT data with their customers and suppliers, facilitating collaboration.

Creo and JT data can now be further utilised in Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality using Theorem’s Visualization Experiences App for Digital Realities.

Our strategic partnerships with PTC and Siemens ensures that there is parallel development between the latest releases of Creo and JT, and Theorem’s Visualize 3D products, allowing us to continue to provide data solutions for Creo users wanting to create JT data.

For more information visit www.theorem.com