Adobe announced, in January, the availability of Acrobat 3D, which allows users to convert a wide range of 2D and 3D CAD models to Adobe PDF. Although the size of the PDF file definitely depends on the size of the native CAD file, Adobe says that the PDF file will be significantly smaller. Using Acrobat 3D, users can view, markup and reline a 3D model in an Adobe PDF file, cut cross sections, measure the 3D design and add security measures to the document. A 3D toolkit that ships as part of Acrobat 3D allows users to also create animations, high-quality vector and raster images, and materials and lighting in a 3D model, then output it to Adobe PDF. Acrobat 3D also enables users to "turn on" added functionality in the free Adobe reader for a specific Adobe PDF file. For example, when you send out a 3D PDF for review, users can leverage all of the Acrobat commenting tools on both 3D text and 3D models, including cross sections, measurements, etc. Adobe 3D supports the major CAD applications, including CATIA V4 and V5, SolidWorks, UGS NX, and PTC Pro/ENGINEER. The software is priced at $995, with upgrade prices for existing users of Acrobat 6.0 and 7.0 Professional. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4915-534.
As manufacturers add new technologies to their products, designing for compliance becomes more difficult. Prepare for the certification testing process. Otherwise, you increase the risk of discovering a safety issue after a product leaves the assembly line. That will cause significant time-to-market delays, be much costlier to fix, and damage your brand in the eyes of customers.
Stratasys will be exhibiting two groundbreaking large-scale additive manufacturing technologies, as well as other new products, next month at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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