I have trouble saving a file as a 3D PDF. When I open the PDF I get a message saying there's a 3D parsing error. I've tried using a small part, but the problem stays.
I'm using 2017 and the problem occured today
I'm having issues with 3d PDFs too. No errors, but a blank PDF with a "?" icon...
Last time I tried to use this function was 5 months ago and we were still on 2016 but it worked fine. Now on 2017 and it's blank.
It's almost like GibbsCAM when you send a post processor in for a modification: It almost always comes back with the modification made but also has at least two NEW problems for the one modification. /sigh/
Just gave it a try and it worked okay. Could it be the version of Adobe that you're using to open the file? I'm using SWX 2017 SP3 and 2017 Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.
I'm using SW 2017 SP3 and Adobe Acrobat Reader XI.
strange thing is that it works OK on other computers, both Mac and PC, but it doesn't work on mine.
I think it must have something to do with an update, now I need to figure out which one
Have you compared the 3DPDF export options between the machines? After reading about "lossy compression", it might have an effect. Also, what is the file size of your exports? As I recall, 3DPDF files are very large. Not that your system timed out or anything but if the file size is very small it would suggest that the export gave up the ghost early in the process.
Are you exporting the same file on the different machines? If the model has errors, I doubt the export would be clean.
Running out of straws to grasp so good luck!
I've created a 3D PDF on my computer using SW. When I tried to open the file I received parsing errors.Then I send the file to some of my collegues. They didn't have any problems opening the 3D PDF.
Like you said: running out of straws to grasp...
The helpdesk couldn't help me either.
It's working here 2017 SP3
What version of acrobat are you using (assuming you are using acrobat)?
Read these articles:
3D data parsing error issue with Reader 9.3 |Adobe Community
3D PDF Error...Has anyone seen this before?
http://rockettcreative.com/parsing-error/a-3d-data-parsing-error.html (this one claims that they have a repair tool.....I have NOT tested....talk to your IT department before using!!)
Maybe these won't help....but I just did a quick google search.
Most links say that version 9.3 is the culprit.
I found similar parsing error complaints in the user forum dating back to 2010. Though no one had a fix, the general advice was to update their version of Adobe.
I'm using Adobe Acrobat X Pro v10.1.16. It's the same version that worked with 3d PDFs from SW2016. In fact, it no longer opens the ones I created from 2016.
I would double check your Preferences in Adobe Reader.
Edit -> Preferences -> 3D & Multimedia category -> [√] Enable Playing of 3D content (located at the top).
I imagine that if this did work, and now does not, and that it works on other PCs, that your Reader Preferences may have changed. Someone may have changed it, or some settings may have been restored to defaults if you have uninstalled and reinstalled, or maybe even in an application update.
Had the same problem, this is how I solved it:
Go in the Adobe cache folder:
delete everything in it ( you could also rename it but the data will be created from scatch anyway).
Found this solution here: parsing problems opening a 3D PDF |Adobe Community
Thanks for that tip
I wonder if that is only an issue if Acrobat Pro is installed. I hope anyway.
Its hard enough to get people to use Acrobat Reader to view 3D pdfs. If its also an issue with Acrobat Reader, that complicates things further.
I only have Acrobat Reader installed :-(
OK, at least I'll have a possible solution for people if they can't view a file and are using Acrobat Reader.
I got the same problem for huge assembly model. but it works to generate its 3D pdf for small parts .
I converted the big assembly into parts first and then generate its 3D pdf using the parts file.
it doesn't make sense for the Solidworks software though.
I always have this situation with 3D PDFs from assemblies. Here's what I do.
Save the assembly as a Parasolid .X_T file.
Close the Assembly file.
Import the Parasolid file. Select assembly and part templates along the way, though they will not matter much. I suppose it could.
Note: Transparent materials will lose their appearances. If I have any, I select them and reassign material to get the right appearance.
Then save the imported Parasolid assembly as a 3D PDF. This always works for me.
I thought more about this. "Always" was overstated.
This procedure can fail, only if there is a very error-ridden imported part in there, which was usually imported from a STEP file in which only external faces were exported.
The external faces only STEP export always (there I go again.. I mean "in my experience with suitably detailed products") leaves gaps and errors in the model. For example, a featured thread on a bolt will explode into a dozen or more surfaces, floating in space and missing its shaft to connect end to the head on the other side.
If this procedure fails because of a horrible imported STEP file part, I usually just suppress that part and repeat successfully.
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