3D PDF Converter


3DPDF Converter is the world's leading solution for converting native 3D CAD data into rich, interactive 3DPDF documents, including full support for accurate BREP geometry and PMI. Only 3DPDF Converter and Adobe Acrobat together allow you to control whether recipients of your 3DPDFs can measure, section, comment on or export 3D data from both Acrobat and the free Adobe Reader. Because Adobe Reader is installed on 98% of desktops worldwide, anyone who needs to view your 3D data already has all the software they need.

Trust your 3D CAD data conversion to 3DPDF from the source – tetra4D is Adobe's exclusive provider of 3DPDF technology and the ubiquitous standard for open viewing of 3D CAD data.

Key Features


3DPDF share

Share 3D CAD data with anyone.

No need to own or learn to use expensive 3D CAD systems.

3DPDF CAD formats


With 3DPDF Converter you can accurately convert 3D data from the latest versions of CATIA, Pro/E, SolidWorks, Inventor, and all other major CAD applications to 3DPDF directly inside Adobe Acrobat.

Easily export precise BREP 3D CAD data to neutral file formats such as STEP, IGES, or Parasolid for use in downstream CAD, CAM, or CAE. Export to STL for use in 3D printing. Export the entire assembly, or select which part model(s) to convert.

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3DPDF update

Simplified change management.

Rapidly update 3DPDF documents when 3D data changes occur.

3DPDF update

When design changes happen, you can quickly and easily update the 3D data within a 3DPDF. Once you've created the 3DPDF template, it's effortless to republish work instructions, service manuals, RFPs and any other document that contains 3D data.

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Advanced BOM Management.

Create, manage & share multiple BOMs from the master CAD file.


Use tetra4D's industry-leading 3DPDF enrichment products, Animate, Publish, and Compare, or the 3D Reviewer application to create animations, exploded assemblies, manage BOM information, add external XML data, and author complex process steps.  Create multiple derivative 3DPDFs to satisfy the unique BOM requirements of varied downstream consumers of 3D data. 



Move from MBD to MBE.

The optimal format for expanded use of 3D throughout the enterprise.



With full support for import of PMI data such as dimensions, tolerances, and annotations, complete with intelligent PMI view states, 3DPDF Converter already provides the tools you need to share Model Based Designs with suppliers. When combined with the power of configurable 3DPDF templates, dynamic form fields, the ubiquity of the free Adobe Reader, the security of the PDF format, and the full suite of advanced 3DPDF solutions and services available from tetra4D, your company can easily and afford-ably make the transition to a Model-Based Enterprise.

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3DPDF performance

Lightweight.  High performance.

3D PDFs are 95% - 97% smaller than the native CAD file.

3DPDF performance


When you create a 3DPDF using 3DPDF Converter from tetra4D, you can easily share them via email, Adobe SendNow, Dropbox or any other web-based platform. And because the Adobe Reader is installed on 98% of desktops worldwide (that's over one billion!), you know that the recipient can open, view, and interact with the 3DPDF immediately without needing to download any arcane, unfamiliar viewing software that might not be around tomorrow.

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3DPDF security

Control a 3DPDF even after it's sent.

Share what you want, not what you don't.

3DPDF security


Secure the intellectual property in your 3DPDFs by applying password security when you create them with 3DPDF Converter to ensure your 3DPDFs are only opened by the intended recipient. You can enable advanced security and collaboration features, such as measurement, mark-up, and more with Adobe Acrobat XI Pro.

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When you buy the 3DPDF Converter Suite, you are sure to get the best price available for the latest version of Adobe Acrobat. Need to upgrade your version of Acrobat? With 3D PDF Converter Suite Upgrade, you can upgrade from Acrobat 9 or newer to the latest release.


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What's New
3D Import Formats
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What's New in 3D PDF Converter 4.2


The 4.2 release of 3DPDF Converter adds support for the latest versions of several important 3D formats, and delivers substantial stability and quality improvements to several previously supported CAD importers.  Access to 3DPDF Converter Version 4.2 is free for all customers with current maintenance contracts.

New Features and Enhancements


  • Parasolid Export Improvement
  • Various memory leaks eliminated


  • Improved support of NX Promoted bodies
  • PMI improvement for Creo and CATIA V5
  • Creo PMI Views enhancement
  • Improved support of CV5 files comingn from Catia V6
  • JT Export enhancement

New and Improved CAD Format Versions 

  • ACIS Up to V23.0 (Import)
  • Autodesk Inventor 2014 (Import)
  • Catia V5-6R2013 (Import)
  • NX 9.0 (Import)
  • Parasolid V26.0 (Import)
  • PRC (ISO Standard Import)
  • SolidEdge ST6 (Import)
  • Solidworks® 2014 (Import)
  • Rhino® 4.5 (Import)
  • JT (Export)
  • VRML (Export)
  • Please see the supported formats tab for a complete list of supported formats

Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) Improvements

3DPDF Converter 4.2 brings improvements in PMI support to customers that are using Model Based Design (MBD) data, deploying within the Model Based Enterprise (MBE) or delivering critical Department of Defense data per the MIL STD 31000A specification. These improvements increase the value of  Visual Response PMI, which enables users to easily generate 3DPDFs that automatically include PMI Associativity. Every 3DPDF created by 3DPDF Converter now allows users to visualize and cross-highlight the geometry or features related to Geometrical Dimensions, Tolerances, Datums and Annotations. The functionality is freely supported with Acrobat XI Pro or with the Adobe Reader XI.  See sample.

  • Support for exploded views for Creo
  • Users can now request that the view definition with NX files honors the default application single-click activation behavior
  • While in Creo, users can now request that the default PMI coloring is the same as the default setting in the version of Creo that authored the file
  • JT Export now includes any PMI data included in the model
  • PMI semantic details are now populated in the Properties panel in Adobe Reader

3D PDF Templates 

New PDF template files have been included to show the various custom and fit-for-purpose features that can be built into a template. These samples are free to use, and you can build on them to create templates the fit your unique requirements.

System Requirements 

  • 3D PDF Converter 4.2 continues to provide support for Adobe Acrobat XI Pro and Acrobat X Pro.
  • 1.3GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 for 32 bit or Service Pack 2 for 64 bit; Windows Server® 2003 R2 (32 bit and 64 bit); Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 (32 bit and 64 bit); Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit); Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 1.85GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024x768 screen resolution
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Video hardware acceleration (optional)

    Note: For 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows XP (with Service Pack 2), Microsoft Update KB930627 is required


Format Version ExtensionS Tess B-rep PMI
ACIS Up to v23.0 SAT, SAB --
Autodesk Inventor Up to 2014 IPT, IAM --
CATIA V5 Up to R4 to V5-6R2013 CATDrawing, CATPart, CATProduct, CATShape, CGR
CATIA V6 Up to 2011 to 2013 3DXML
Creo Elements/Pro 5.0, Parametric 2.0 ASM, NEU, PRT, XAS, XPR
I-deas Up to 13.x (NX 5), NX I-deas 6 MF1, ARC, UNV, PKG
IFC IFC2x Editions 2, 3 and 4 IFC, IFCZIP -- --
IGES 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 IGS, IGES --
JT Up to 9.5 JT
Parasolid Up to v26.0 X_B, X_T, XMT, XMT_TXT --
PDF All versions PDF
PRC All versions PRC
Pro / ENGINEER Up to Wildfire 5 ASM, NEU, PRT, XAS, XPR
Rhino 4, 5 3DM --
Siemens PLM Software NX Unigraphics V11.0 to NX 9.0 PRT
Solid Edge V19 - 20, ST - ST6 ASM, PAR, PWD, PSM
Solid Works Up to 2014 SLDASM, SLDPRT
STEP AP 203 E1 / E2, AP 214, AP 242 STP, STEP, STP.Z
Stereo Lithograpy (STL) All versions STL -- --
U3D ECMA-363 (1st, 2nd and 3rd editions) U3D -- --
VDA-FS Version 1.0 and 2.0 VDA --
VRML V1.0, V2.0 WRL, VRML -- --
= supported = not supported -- = not applicable for this native CAD format

Format Extensions Tess B-rep PMI
Parasolid X_T -- --
Stereo Lithography STL -- --
U3D U3D -- --

File Format File Extension Version 3D PDF Converter 3D Reviewer
AutoCAD DWG 2008-2011  
Autodesk DWF DWF 2008-2011  
Autodesk DXF DXF 2008-2011  
CATIA V5 Drawing Up to V5 R19  
HP Graphics Library HPL    
PostScript PS    
Siemens NX - 2D PRT Up to NX-6