3D PDF Technical Data Package (TDP)

PROSTEP Technical Data Package

3D PDF Technical Data Packages (TDP) from PROSTEP

Adobe and PROSTEP have expanded their long-standing cooperation in the field of 3D PDF technology in order to provide companies with optimum support when it comes to establishing drawingless processes in accordance with the VDA guideline 4953-2 or MIL-STD-31000. Under the new agreement PROSTEP is now also able to offer customers the option of creating PDF-based technical data packages (TDP) containing any kind of 3D representations. The licensed functionality for flattening 3D models and generating PDF/A-3-compliant containers are part of a separate TDP module that expands PROSTEP's PDF Generator 3D. The new module is now available.

Adobe and PROSTEP have been working closely together on developing and marketing 3D PDF technology for ten years now.  Based on the original technology from Adobe, the Darmstadt-headquartered PLM experts provide their customers with a comprehensive portfolio of 3D PDF-based solutions for the digitalization of various business processes from preparing offers to creating spare parts catalogs. The core component of these solutions is PDF Generator 3D, which allows 3D models from all leading CAD systems, 2D drawings and other documents to be automatically merged in 3D PDF documents.

For licensing reasons, it was not previously possible to create PDF containers without dynamic 3D PDF content but with file attachments in JT format and with STEP AP 242 metadata, as provided for in the VDA guideline for drawingless processes for example, instead. In light of this fact, Adobe has extended the terms of its cooperation agreement with PROSTEP to allow PROSTEP to utilize the features in the AEM Forms product suite that enable dynamic 3D PDFs to be converted into static and PDF/A-3-compliant containers with 3D file attachments. This means that PROSTEP will in the future be able to provide its customers with optimum support when it comes to establishing drawingless processes in accordance with the VDA guideline 4953-2 or MIL-STD-31000.

"Support for current industry standards is a prerequisite for the sustainable digitalization of business processes and the elimination of media discontinuities at the interface to long-term archiving," says Peter Pfalzgraf, head of the Products business unit at PROSTEP. " Thanks to the expansion of our cooperation with Adobe, we are now able to automatically fill PDF containers with all the information our customers need to digitalize their business processes."

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