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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Get 3D PDF Converter Suite, get Acrobat at one sweet price!

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 any version of Acrobat, no matter how old, to the latest release and do more.


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What's New
3D Import Formats
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What's New in 3D PDF Converter 3.6


The 3.6 release of 3DPDF Converter provides support for Adobe® Acrobat® XI Pro, adds support for the latest versions of several important 3D formats, and delivers substantial stability and quality improvements to several previously supported CAD importers. Included in this release is new support for X3D that will allow users to easily visualize, validate and then export the data in a suitable format for import into a 3rd Party System. Access to 3DPDF Converter Version 3.6 is free for all customers with current maintenance contracts.

New CAD Format Versions 

  • Solidworks® 2013 (Import)
  • NX 8.5 (Import)
  • Rhino® 4.5 (Import)
  • X3D (Export)
  • Please see the supported formats tab for a complete list of supported formats

Support for ASME Y14.41 "Visual Response PMI"

3DPDF Converter 3.6 brings a new feature critical 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. Visual Response PMI 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.

3D PDF Templates Made Simple

One of the top features requested by our customers is now delivered in 3DPDF Converter 3.6. Users now have the ability to simply combine a PDF Template with 3D CAD data during import to produce a rich, interactive 3DPDF, customized to end users needs. Combining the power of Javascript, the capabilities of Acrobat and Acroforms with the simplicity of 3DPDF Converter, every user now has the ability to leverage 3DPDF templates as part of their daily work.

Improved CAD Importers

  • Catia® V5
  • SolidWorks®
  • JT
  • NX
  • IFC
  • IGES
  • STEP 242

System Requirements 

  • 3D PDF Converter 3.6 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


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