SOURCE: tetra4D


May 06, 2013 15:52 ET

tetra4D Releases 3D PDF Converter 3.6 With Critical MBD Enabling Functionality

Visual Response and 3D Template Publishing Features Will Democratize Model Based Definition

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - May 6, 2013) - tetra4D®, Adobe's exclusive 3D technology partner for Adobe® Acrobat®, today announced the release of 3D PDF Converter™ Version 3.6. Organizations that are strategically focused on moving to Model Based Definition (MBD) can now benefit from the new Visual Response Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) feature in 3D PDF Converter 3.6. This feature will empower users with the ability to describe annotations including complex surfaces that would normally be required at the 2D detailed drawing phase. tetra4D is the first 3D PDF provider to offer this powerful capability out of the box for the volume market, unlike other high cost offerings which often require expensive consulting implementations. tetra4D is making it easier than ever for customers to bypass the 2D drawing phase, accelerate time to market and improve cost efficiency.

Another notable feature in this release is Custom Template Publishing with Form Fields. Previously complex template creation is now automated so casual users can generate custom templates providing personalized "need to know" information for each downstream consumer of the same 3D model. This simplified publishing of personalized views of the 3D model data is a powerful tool for use in MBD supply chains. As further indication of rapid 3D PDF adoption, tetra4D customers continue to request additional feature support. Included in this release is X3D export, a critical required function by the U.S. Navy and their supply chain.

Bryan R. Fischer, President of Advanced Dimensional Management LLC and MBD360 LLC, a leading consultant to global organizations moving to MBD said, "This release of 3D PDF Converter has significant advantages for anyone who needs to adhere to ASME Y14.41 and other PMI standards." He goes on to say, "It will now be possible for organizations of any size to leverage 3D PDF for dynamic 3D annotation with visual feedback, without the need for traditional 2D drawings. This significantly reduces costs and complexity and increases the communication index of the dataset. The dataset provides information in a manner that is an order of magnitude easier to understand."

"We are delighted with this significant milestone for delivering on the commitment we have made to our customers to lead the market with cost effective capabilities for the 3D PDF ecosystem," said Craig Trudgeon, tetra4D Chief Technology Officer. He adds, "With the widespread adoption we are now seeing among major customer supply chains, we expect this release will accelerate 3D PDF use and adoption exponentially."

3D PDF Converter and 3D PDF Converter Suite 3.6, which includes Adobe® Acrobat® XI Pro, are available now for free trial or purchase through our global network of authorized resellers. New supported CAD formats in this release include support for SolidWorks 2013, Rhino 4.5, and NX 8.5. More information is available at

tetra4D® ( provides best-in-class solutions for integrating 3D PDF into engineering, manufacturing, technical publication and AEC work-flows. Users of tetra4D's 3D PDF Converter solutions are able to make 3D and related data accessible and more valuable to all disciplines and areas both internal and external to their organization. Working with ISO, AIIM and others, tetra4D is driving the development of PDF, PDF/E and the PRC data format as open standards. As an Adobe Gold Level Technology Partner, tetra4D is the exclusive provider of 3D PDF technology to Acrobat customers. Follow us on Twitter @tetra4d, Facebook at, or see our products on YouTube.

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