Is there a way to insert a 3D PDF into a SolidWorks Drawing so that when the drawing is saved as a PDF the part can still be rotated? Think of it as replacing the Isometric view with a 3D model.
Not sure if using/saving PDF will get you but this can be done with an e-drawing i.e. you can rotate a model in an e-drawing.
Save as 3D PDF. When you go to save as PDF tick the Save as 3D PDF under file name and file type. When you open the PSF in adobe you can rotate the model, provided you have an up to date version of adobe reader. Note when rotating the model in adobe the border can sometimes get in the way.
I am more looking to put the 3D pdf INTO the technical drawing. That way the guys on the shop floor can look at the model in 3D and have the dimensions on the same print.
Do the guys on the shop floor have access to the SolidWorks drawing on a computer? If so there is the 3d drawing view tool which enables you to rotate any view (i think all views) so that you can see it like the model. Is this what your on about? The only downside is the dimensions disappear when you rotate it.
Or do you mean views that are printed?
No they only have Adobe Reader. They cant view SolidWorks files or eDrawing files.
Any chance if you can get them e-drawing viewer (it's free to install )
Then unless they are able to read the 3D PDF (Saved from the actual model) then no, the pdf drawings are only 2d.
I'm pretty sure this can be accomplished with Adobe Acrobat Professional Extended. You should be able to save BOTH a 3D pdf and a drawing pdf in Solidworks. Then with Acrobat you can open up both, and merge them into the same drawing. We have a copy here that is on my boss' computer, so I haven't tried it out myself, but I'm almost certain it can be done.
Would be nice if SW could do it automatically though, huh!
This post might help.
Yes you can do this but you need Acrobat (the paid for version). You don't need Extended, just the standard version. You need to save the drawing as a pdf, then save the part file as a 3D PDF. In Acrobat open the drawing pdf, then add the 3D PDF to the file. You can view it in the free Acrobat Reader. There are other apps that do this as well. Check out www.quadrispace.com for one. There are other cheaper ones and alternatives to Acrobat. Do an online search for 3D PDF editing....
You might also want to check out http://www.simlab-soft.com/3d-products/simlab-composer-main.aspx
I use this now for most 3D PDF work - fantastic low cost software!
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I have done this many times, but as has been mentioned, you need Adobe Acrobat.
First create your drawing in SW as usual but leave space on the page where you want the orbital model. Save as a regular pdf file.
Next save your 3D model out of SW as a .u3d file (Universal 3D).
Open your pdf in Acrobat and insert (add 3d) the u3d file where desired and set up the lighting and views. Save.
Here is a quick sample from an old model I did when first learning SW.
I know that this is a very old discussion, but hope that this would help all those who were waiting for this feature a long time, SolidWorks 2015 has new feature MBD, link for details & video are below
Sneak Peek: 15 Features coming in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition
SOLIDWORKS 2015 Sneak Peek: SOLIDWORKS MBD - YouTube
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