3D PDF files can be created from Universal 3D (U3D), Industry Foundation Classes (IFC text) files, and SolidWorks part and assembly (.sldprt and .sldasm) files. 3D PDFs can also be created from within Revit, Navisworks, and SketchUp Pro.
A new 3D model window can be created on an existing PDF by using the 3D Editor.
Note: Creating from SolidWorks or SketchUp Pro files requires that both the application (SolidWorks or SketchUp Pro) and either Bluebeam Revu CAD or eXtreme be installed on the computer.
To create a 3D PDF from an existing 3D model:
- Go to File > Open or press CTRL+O. The Open dialog box appears.
From the file type list to the right of the File Name field, select 3D Files.
Navigate to the desired file and select it, then click Open. The New 3D PDF dialog box appears.
- Select the desired 3D Content settings and Default Display Settings in the New 3D PDF dialog box and click OK. The PDF will be created and opened automatically.
See Interacting with 3D PDFs for information about displaying 3D PDFs.
It is also possible to add a 3D file to an existing PDF. This way 3D and traditional text or graphic content can exist on the same page.
- Go to Edit > PDF Content > Add & Edit 3D Content or press CTRL+ALT+3.
- Click and drag a rectangle to define the area of the 3D model. The Open dialog box appears.
Navigate to and select the desired 3D content. Content should be in a Universal 3D (.u3d) or Industry Foundation Classes (.ifc) file. Click Open. The Add 3D Content dialog box appears.
- To add views from the 3D file, select Views from file from the Add Views list. There are also a number of standard views available in this list that can be used instead.
- Set the desired Default Display Settings.
- Click OK.