Tips ‘n’ Tricks: Creating 3D PDFs in Revu

Summary

Learn how to create a 3D PDF from CAD files, navigate the 3D model tree, and add 3D objects to an existing PDF in Bluebeam® Revu®.

Relevant Products

Revu Standard 2018
Revu CAD 2018
Revu eXtreme® 2018


Why use 3D PDFs?

3D PDFs allow you to create, share and edit documents with rich CAD data that anyone can access. With 3D PDFs, these files are no longer exclusive to their native programs, allowing for easy sharing between teams
and users of Revu.

Creating a 3D PDF With Drag and Drop

There are a couple of ways to create a 3D PDF. If you are working with the Universal 3D (*.u3d) or Industry Foundation Classes (*.ifc) file extensions, then you can drag and drop these files into Revu to quickly create a 3D PDF. 

Converting files With the Bluebeam Plugin  CAD eXtreme

If the 3D files are in their native CAD program, you can use the Bluebeam plugin to convert them to a 3D PDF. Using Revu CAD or Revu eXtreme, the Bluebeam plugin can generate 3D PDFs with the following programs:

  • SolidWorks®
  • Revit®
  • Navisworks®
  • SketchUp Pro®

Add 3D Content to an Existing PDF

In addition to creating a full 3D PDF in Revu, you can also add 3D content to an existing PDF that contains text and regular 2D graphics. With the Add & Edit 3D Content tool, you can define a set area in your PDF to add a 3D model. Just go to Edit > PDF Content > Add & Edit 3D Content  (Ctrl+Alt+3). Once the 3D content has been imported, you can change the default display settings, interact with the 3D Model Tree  , and edit details and names.

3D Model Tree and Views

The Model Tree provides an intuitive way of browsing through your 3D model and all of the objects it is composed of. Just like the Markups List , the Model Tree allows you to sort and edit your 3D metadata. Need to change the color of the piping in your 3D structure? Sort the Model Tree by Name, select the appropriate piping objects, and edit their color in the Properties panel.

With Views, you can save specific perspectives and configurations of your 3D model for reuse and configurations of your model for later. Views remember the exact zoom, panning and transformations applied to the 3D PDF. Need to quickly zoom in and call out a specific beam in your 3D structure for a presentation? Save a View and load it later.

Exporting Data to CSV

3D PDFs contain a lot of information, so there may be times when you need to extract some of that data. Using the filter feature in Revu, you can quickly refine your Model Tree to display only the most relevant data to your needs.

Once you’ve filtered successfully, you can export that data to CSV by clicking 3D Model Tree Summary > Export to CSV Summary. Revu will then generate a CSV that only contains the information you filtered for!

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