As we make the move to MBD we have run across a couple of common questions/comments from out suppliers so I have put this together. It should help reduce the impact on the vendors. Below is the text. The attachment has images.
Anatomy and Use of a 3D Enabled PDF
With the new use of Model Based
Definition people are unfamiliar with how the old information is being
presented in a new way. The purpose of this document is to help with the use
and understanding of a 3D Enabled PDF.
In the image below you will see
where the information from the old traditional 2D drawing is now being
presented. It also shows a few of the advantages of a 3D Enabled PDF.
There are just a couple of items that need a little more detail than
Take note of the Revision block. You may notice that the Revision History is no
longer listed - this is intentional. The supplier should use the new provided
STEP file. If changes where listed (and some omitted) and the supplier used the
Revision History as the only changes, the part may not match the STEP file
provided, and ultimately not the part needed.
You will notice next to the Revision block there is another block labeled “Attachments”. In this block you
will find a Push Pin icon (there may be more than one Push Pin), which are different
configurations (STEP files) for that part. Other attachments may include
Validation Reports for the STEP file(s). Validation Reports are run to validate
the STEP file against the 3D CAD SOLIDWORKS part file.
Dynamic 3D View
When you select a view from the View Selector, it will appear in this location. Any
view (other than a Note View) can be moved, rotated or sectioned allowing for a
better view/understanding of the part (or assembly). A benefit to this 3D view
is if you select a dimension it will highlight the feature it is associated
with. In an assembly, if you select a part in the Parts List, it will highlight
the part in the view. Conversely, if you select a part in the 3D View of an
assembly, it will highlight in the Parts List.
View Selector Panel
The view selector is where you chose which view you want to show in the Dynamic 3D
View. These views are established by the Designer/Engineer and are based on the
information needed to manufacture the part. Unfortunately there isn’t a way to
list the view count in the 3D Enabled PDF, but you can see a list of views (see
Tools for Dynamic 3D View).
You will notice on the above View Selector Panel graphic the white arrows at each
end. These are used to navigate through views when the number of views exceeds
what can be shown in the panel.
Tools for Dynamic 3D View
This is just an overview of the functionality available. An item not discussed here,
but is an important part is a tool bar associated with the Dynamic 3D View that
allows rotate, pan, zoom, measure, sectioning and other functions. The drop
down (Notes Area) box will show you all of the views available, though they may
not show in the View Selector Panel due to overrun.