Programming with LiveCycle ES2.5

Converting CAD files to 3D PDF Documents

About the Generate3D PDF Service

The Generate 3D PDF service converts various 3D file formats to 3D PDF. It can also convert those 3D file formats to other 3D and 2D file formats. Additionally, this service can reuse the results of previous conversions by supporting product lifecycle management (PLM) systems and using cached conversion results.

Note: The Generate 3D PDF service is for Microsoft Windows® operating systems only. Acrobat Pro Extended 9.1 must be installed on the server that is hosting LiveCycle ES2.5. No CAD applications are required to support conversion.

The Generate 3D PDF service supports 3D files produced by the following CAD applications. It can convert the supported file types to 3D PDF or to an export file format. The file name extensions for the supported file types are shown in parentheses.

  • 3DXML (3DXML)
  • ACIS (SAT, SAB)
  • Acrobat 3D PDF (PDF)
  • Autodesk 3D Studio (3DS)
  • Autodesk Inventor up to 12.x, 2009 (IPT, IAM)
  • CADDS (PD, _PD, CADDS)
  • CATIA V4 (MODEL, DLV, EXP, SESSION)
  • CATIA V5 (CATPRODUCT, CATPART)
  • CATIA V5 (CATDRAWING)
  • CGR (CGR)
  • COLLADA (DAE)
  • Hewlett-Packard Graphics Library (HP, HGL, HPL, HPGL, PLT)
  • Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)
  • Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES, IGES)
  • JTOpen up to JT 9.1 (JT)
  • KMZ (KMZ)
  • Lattice XVL (XV3, XV0)
  • OneSpace Designer V3 UP TO V2008 (PKG, SDP, SDPC, SDW, SDWC, SDA, SDAC, SDS,SDSC, SES, BDL)
  • Parasolid up to 19 (X_T, X_B)
  • Pro/ENGINEER (PRT, XPR, ASM, XAS, NEU)
  • Siemens I-deas (MF1, ARC, UNV, PKG)
  • Siemens NX up to NX 6, 2D (PRT)
  • Solid Edge V19, V20, ST (ASM, PAR, PWD, PSM)
  • SolidWorks up to 2009 (SLDASM, SLDPRT)
  • STEP Exchange AP 203, AP 214 (STP, STEP)
  • Stereo Lithography (STL)
  • TTF PRC (PRC, PRD)
  • UG NX
  • UG NX drawings
  • Universal 3D ECMA 1, ECMA 3 (U3)
  • Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) Worlds V1.0, V2.0 (WRL, VRML)
  • Wavefront Object (OBJ)

The Generate 3D PDF service can also convert 3D PDF and supported 3D CAD files to the following 3D formats. For example, it can convert Wavefront Object files to VRML.

  • 3D PDF
  • PDF/E-1
  • IGES
  • Parasolid
  • STEP
  • STL
  • Universal 3D
  • VRML

The Generate 3D PDF service can convert 3D PDF and 3D CAD files to these 2D formats:

  • DXF
  • EMF

The Generate 3D PDF service can also convert 2D CAD files to these formats:

  • PostScript
  • EMF

Note: For more information about the Generate 3D PDF service, see LiveCycle ES2.5 Services.