Export 3d-pdf to cad-format?

Guest
Oct 28, 2009 Oct 28, 2009

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Hi.

I'm mechanical engineer and new to this forum and have a question regarding Adobe Acrobat 3D.

Is it possible to export an acrobat 3D pdf-file to any cad format, like step, iges or parasolid?

If so, please till me how to do. 🙂

I have some 3D-pdf drawings from a supplier who claims these drawings are possible to open in Solidworks, which is impossible if I don't first export/convert the 3D-pdf files to some common cad format.

Best regards,

Erik in Sweden.

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Oct 28, 2009 Oct 28, 2009

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Hello Erik,

Precondition: Adobe 9

Start your 3DPDF, aktivat the 3D content, right mouse button and select "Edit in 3D Reviever"

In 3D Reviever select "File"......"Export".....choose your preferred format and settings and export to your HDD.

Hope it was helpful

Best regards

Lars

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Oct 28, 2009 Oct 28, 2009

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Thanks for your answer. 🙂

I forgot to mention that I only have Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8.

Edit:

Picture of available file formats in Solidworks.

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Oct 28, 2009 Oct 28, 2009

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Ok,

try it on the same way and use the ToolBox

Best regards

Lars

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Oct 28, 2009 Oct 28, 2009

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When I go from the 3D pdf-sheet to "Edit in 3D toolkit", I don't get any options for saving the file in different cad formats.

Maybe the 3D pdf-file was made without preserving the geometry of the part?

Read something about "using a PRC B-rep conversion setting" when saving 3D pdf-files and also preserve the geomtry.

If I try "save as" in this mode I only get a window "Export properties of universal 3d export" with no further settings for file name or saving in a specific cad format.

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Morning,

sorry my experience with version 8 stopped here.

Best regards

Lars

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Oct 30, 2009 Oct 30, 2009

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Hello,

You have to import your CAD files into Acrobat 3D using the PRC Brep mode.

Then activate 3D content.

Right Click on background and Select Export Data...

You can now export your data to the available formats (vrml step etc..)

Hope it helps

Best Regards

William Gallego

A3D QE Team

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Oct 30, 2009 Oct 30, 2009

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Thanks for all your answers. 🙂

As I mentioned earlier I have some 3D pdf drawings from a supplier who claims that his drawings could be opened in a cad program.

However Solidworks (for an example) doesn’t support pdf-files. So I guess the supplier didn’t save the files including/preserving 3D cad geometry and also don’t know that cad programs need files like step, iges and similar.

I thought maybe I could export/convert these 3D pdf files myself to some cad format, but it doesn’t seem like that.

Best regards,

Erik

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Nov 08, 2017 Nov 08, 2017

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Hi @all,

is there any way to export a high-res 2D image of a 3D PDF object using Acrobat or Reader?

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Explorer ,
Nov 09, 2017 Nov 09, 2017

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Hi,

Not sure this is the correct place to reply, but anyway...Do you already simply try the "File, Export to, Image...". With a TIFF selection and the correct setting, it should be OK, but maybe this is not enough when you are talking about high-res...I am using Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017 to doing this...

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Contributor ,
Nov 09, 2017 Nov 09, 2017

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Hi,

while this creates images files with huge dimensions, the image still is extremely low res inside, unfortunately. This is on Acrobat XI Pro v.11.0.18 however.

Otoh, I found a workaround here.

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Explorer ,
Nov 13, 2017 Nov 13, 2017

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Hi,

thank you for the workaround...

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Jul 24, 2018 Jul 24, 2018

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Wgallego  wrote

You have to import your CAD files into Acrobat 3D using the PRC Brep mode.

Then activate 3D content.

Right Click on background and Select Export Data...

You can now export your data to the available formats (vrml step etc..)


Hi @all, is that still possible in Acrobat XI? If I right-click on a 3D PDF's background in Adobe Acrobat, I never get something like "Export Data". The files are also not security protected.

So am I missing out on something when trying to export to STEP from Acrobat 3D?

Thanks for help!

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 19, 2017 Dec 19, 2017

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I have managed to export from 3d pdf to OBJ or Collada with these steps:

1. Open your 3d pdf in photoshop as 3d object (select option "3d" on opening).

2. Photoshop will start in 3d mode

3. From menu - 3d, select "export 3d layer"

4. Select Collada as file format, OBJ scale object incorrectly.

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Contributor ,
Apr 10, 2018 Apr 10, 2018

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Hi,

since I don't have Photoshop, I'd be thankful for any other ideas how to convert 3D PDF content to CAD, preferably to a format that Sketchup understands (i.e. DWG, DXF, 3DS, DAE, SKP).

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Jul 24, 2018 Jul 24, 2018

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What would be the simplest, or cheapest, variant of Photoshop that can do this?

Thanks for any hints!

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Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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I never posted in adobe forum before but I have to tell you this. You saved my life! Trully. It worked for me and I almost frustated of not able to import 3D PDF file into any software without using an external plugin. This is really a life saver for me.

Thank you very much for this.

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