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Tech Soft 3D Launches Tetra4D Enrich to Quickly and Easily Create Interactive 3D PDFs
BEND, OR – December 1, 2015 – Tech Soft 3D, leading provider of software development tools and 3D PDF solutions to the engineering industry, announced Tetra 4D Enrich, a new application that enables anyone to create rich, interactive 3D PDF documents quickly and easily directly inside of Adobe Acrobat [Professional].

“Manufacturers are constantly facing extreme pressures to lower product development costs, manage global supply chains, work with multiple suppliers and customers, and speed time to market all while trying to make sure that critical data is getting into the right people’s hands,” said Dave Opsahl, VP Corporate Development of Tech Soft 3D and former Executive Director of the 3D PDF Consortium. “People often use more than one CAD system and manufacturers need the ability to easily and quickly combine the CAD data with critical metadata and business intelligence, add interactivity between the 3D and 2D data and share that in a lightweight format with ANYONE, even non-CAD users. This enables manufacturers to innovate and compete and win in their markets.”

3D PDF is Essential for a Model Based Enterprise
Model based enterprise (MBE) is a business strategy, a set of practices and technology with the goal to leverage the outcome of a model based design (MBD) activity by delivering all of the information relevant to a workflow or set of workflows in the most efficient way possible. That kind of information can and does exist in multiple forms, including non-graphic or metadata, 3D models, 2D data from CAD as well as other critical business systems like PLM and ERP. As important to what information is provided, is how it is delivered.

3D PDF plays a crucial role in a company’s ability to execute an effective MBE strategy, and this approach is already saving manufacturers significant time and money. Using 3D PDF to get these fully annotated, properly constrained models downstream in an efficient manner is ideal because companies already have strategies for utilizing 2D PDF in their existing processes for managing engineering change and release-to-manufacturing (mark-up, comment, review) and can serve to reduce or even replace 2D drawings. In addition, a 3D PDF can be archived long-term as a technical data package (TDP).

If 3D PDF is So Great, Why isn’t Everyone Using It?
As research has shown, using 3D annotated models is highly beneficial, so why haven’t more companies adopted this process?

The truth is that it’s quite difficult to create compelling 3D PDFs without a costly, customized solution or having programming expertise. The average manufacturer typically can’t afford to do a custom, complex solution. And to build a 3D PDF on the desktop requires someone that has extensive programming expertise – again, something that the average manufacturer typically doesn’t have.

And while there are more solutions coming to market that can generate 3D PDF’s, not all 3D PDF’s are created equal. The functionality of most 3D PDF solutions stops at providing little more than 3D data on a page. There is value there for communication and for workflows such as design review. However, there isn’t the ability to support additional workflows such as maintenance and repair, inspection, work instructions, release to manufacturing or any other workflow.
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Published 2015-12-08 00:00:00