After being chained in the basement for a few weeks to check out the brand spankin’ new Acrobat 3D I found the good, bad and some things that made me just barely fall out of my chair. I’ll leave out the part where I saw flying monkeys. I think that had to do with the lack of sunlight.
In less than a couple minutes, I can share a small model with the Design group and get feedback. This is typically the bottleneck in a very iterative design process. Acrobat 3D makes it easy and secure to share stuff, but there’s also some things that could be improved. Let’s have a look.
How does it work?
Well, you have a couple options. Starting with SolidWorks 2007 you can save a model as a 3D PDF. The other way is to open a SolidWorks part or assembly directly in Acrobat 3D, sorry no drawings. You can also import .step, .x_t, catia, pro/e and wrl and u3d.
Overall, you’re gonna get better result importing into Acrobat 3D. Files sizes were smaller for files exported from SolidWorks as Pro/E (.prt) and parasolids (.x_t) and the largest file sizes were from files saved out of SolidWorks as a 3D PDF. I’ll show some of this in detail tomorrow.
What’s the coolest?
Out of everything, the section view capabilites are amazing. It’s very quick, has multiple tilt options and you can save the views. Since you can’t actually bring drawings into Acrobat 3D, eDrawings will still dominate, but I can see where something like this could give eDrawings a run for the money. I’m going to throw up some scenarios over the next few days to show what happens when you actually use Acrobat 3D in a production environment with SolidWorks.