Creating a 3D PDF With AutoCAD 2016 and Above

Summary

PDF creation using the Bluebeam® Plugin for AutoCAD®

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Revu® CAD or eXtreme® 2017 and above


Bluebeam has been providing PDF creation functions in AutoCAD through the Bluebeam Plugin. Now, in Revu CAD and eXtreme version 2017, the Bluebeam Plugin for AutoCAD can use 3D data from AutoCAD 2016 and above to create 3D PDFs which you can open and mark up in Revu.

Revu CAD or eXtreme Version 2017.0.10 is required in to perform this task in AutoCAD 2018 and above. AutoCAD LT® software is not supported by the Bluebeam Plugin for AutoCAD.

The Bluebeam Plugin should automatically appear underneath the Output tab of your AutoCAD ribbon. If it’s not there, the plugin will need to be enabled in the Bluebeam Administrator. Please follow the instructions listed in, “I’ve Installed a New AutoCAD Version. How Do I Get the Latest Plugin?”

You may notice that the button above the arrow occasionally changes. This is because the last option used in the dropdown menu always appears in this space.

Creating a 3D PDF

In AutoCAD 2016 and above, create or open the DWG file that you want to create a 3D PDF from. Then, go to the Output tab. The fourth button from the left in the plugin menu includes an arrow underneath it. Click it to access the following functions:

Before continuing, look at the tabs underneath the drawing window in AutoCAD. Make sure you are in the Model tab and not a Layout tab.

Create 3D PDF

This method creates a single-page 3D PDF.

  1. After clicking the Create 3D PDF button, a Save As dialog will open.
  2. Select the location where you want to save your new 3D PDF.
  3. Click Save.

The new 3D PDF will automatically open in Revu when the process has finished.


Create U3D

This option creates a U3D file which can be opened in any edition of Revu.

  1. After clicking the Create 3D PDF button, a Save As dialog will open.
  2. Select the location where you want to save your new U3D file.
  3. Click Save.
U3D files do not automatically open in Revu.
Using a U3D File in Revu

To interact with the file in Revu, you will need to either open it as a 3D PDF, or import it into an existing PDF as described below.

Both sets of instructions below will also work in Revu Standard.
Opening a U3D file as a 3D PDF
  1. Open Revu and click Open.
  2. Double-click the U3D file.
  3. The New 3D PDF dialog will open.
  4. Select the desired Background, Lighting Scheme, and Rendering Mode settings, then click OK.
Inserting a U3D file as 3D content into an existing PDF
  1. Create or open a PDF in Revu
  2. Go to Edit > 3D Editor. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair when you hover over the workspace.
  3. Click and drag to designate the size of the 3D model.
  4. When the Open File dialog opens, select the U3D file you want to import.
  5. Adjust the settings as needed, then click OK.

Copy 3D Data to the Clipboard

This button copies a 3D model to the Windows clipboard as U3D data. Click on the button, then use one of the methods below to paste the data to a PDF in Revu:

Begin one of these methods immediately after copying the 3D data. Otherwise, the Clipboard data may be replaced, and you will have to start over.
Paste Directly to Revu
  1. Create or open a PDF in Revu.
  2. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V to paste the file into the document. If Revu detects 3D data on your clipboard, your cursor will turn into a crosshair in the workspace.
  3. Click and drag to designate the size of the 3D model.
  4. The Add 3D Content dialog will open. The 3D File: field will display “From Clipboard.” (Otherwise, Revu will prompt you to open the U3D file from within the Windows Explorer).
  5. Adjust the settings as needed, then click OK.
Paste with the 3D Editor
  1. Create or open a PDF in Revu.
  2. Click Edit > 3D Editor. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair in the workspace.
  3. The Add 3D Content dialog will open. The 3D File: field will display “From Clipboard.” (Otherwise, Revu will prompt you to open the U3D file from within the Windows Explorer).
  4. Adjust the settings as needed, then click OK.

The 3D PDF Settings

The options in the 3D PDF Settings dialog allow you to adjust settings for the 3D PDF and U3D files created by the Bluebeam Plugin.


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