My company is currently getting into MBE and a big hurdle is being able to share the information with everyone within the orginiaztion and sub-supliers. I realize that their is JT and JT2GO but that does not do the trick and as lame as it sounds in reality we still will need to produce a "Document". Does any one know if Siemens plans on being able to produce 3D PDF's in upcoming releases? We have recieved a few from our customers and it seems like a perfect solution.
I certainly hope so !
We have been toying with VisView and I feel a 3D pdf would work well with our current processes of obtaining review comments with the 3D PDF.
Outside sources would also feel more comfortable with PDF, just as a 3d viewer.
My company is working on a 3D PDFexport directly from NX10. It most likely will be a custom add-on to the File/Export function.
We implemented a solution with Solid Edge to create 3D PDF from NX models. Not sure how it would work in case of PMI as we haven't been using them so much yet. Anyhow in case where PMI's are used I would like to see more advantaged version of 3D PDF with pre-defined view orientation etc. The current solution with Solid Edge is also too slow with more complex NX models.
In our company we export stp from our part or assembly,
in Adobe acrobat 9 we have a toolbar named multimedia
We import stp file into the pdf file
It gives us many options to rotate, section and show/hide components
We are currently creating our standards for use with PMI/MBD in our databases. Our plan is to eventually create a 3D PDF. TcVis is not a solution in our opinion either, it lacks way to much and even though JT2GO is free many companies lock down their sites and don't let their folks just download free software anymore. We have this issue all the time as we currently output .tif images for our final release and when sending these to vendors it's an issue. We are looking at three different vendors to perform the 3D PDF conversion for us. ProStep, Anark, and Theorem all have solutions for this and with a template it can be quite streamlined. In addition you still have the functionality of selecting PMI objects and having the geometry highlight which is a big advantage. The other big advantage is everyone in the world has Acrobat reader on their computer so no additional software to download. Hope that helps.
Thanks for the feedback! I will take a look at those options that where posted although it seems that its a lot of leg work to get it going. We are looking into Anark http://www.anark.com/ as they have direct NX/Teamcenter but it adds up quickly $$$$. It would seem that if a majority of people want 3D-PDFs and are spending top dollar to implement within NX/Teamcenter that this should be a priroty for Siemens