Join John Helfen for an in-depth discussion in this video 3D PDF export enhancements, part of Autodesk Inventor 2017 New Features.
- [Voiceover] When working in Inventor, you're often collaborating with others and need to share information quickly. Inventor's always had a large number of formats that can be exported because of this need. And that's been expanded in 2017 to include the ability to export to 3D PDF. On the screen, you can see I have the exercise file open, and we can use this to explore how to export to 3D PDF. We're going to start by going to the file menu and selecting export, and then 3D PDF.
This will present the publish window and you'll see there's many options we can set here. I've generally found that the defaults work quite well, but let's take a minute and look through things so you can better understand the options you have available. In the upper left, you have Properties. These are the properties from within the Inventor file itself. Simply checking or unchecking any of these boxes determines what's gonna be included in the 3D PDF. To the right of that, you have Design Representations. Right now, we only have the two that come within Inventor by default, the master and the default, but if you have others, you'll have the ability to select from those as well.
Just below that, you have the Export Scope which lets you determine whether you wanna export every part that's in the file, or limit it to just the entities that are within that representation that you've selected. To the left, you have the ability to adjust the quality, I suggest everybody try each to find one that works best for them. I'm gonna go ahead and leave it at medium for this example. Below that, you have the Template and the Output location. The template defines what the look and feel of the PDF file is gonna be. By default, Inventor ships with a sample part template that includes the AutoDesk logo and a nice setup that works in general cases.
If you need to make modifications to that, you can as well. We've selected a location to save the file. By default, it will place the PDF in the same location as the file that you're viewing in Inventor. You have the ability to choose whether or not to see the PDF when it's finished, and just below that, you have the attachments section. This will allow you to easily generate a step file to include with this, or even select the attachments options to include other items from your hard drive, like a Word doc or a PowerPoint, for example.
I'm gonna simply select Publish and Inventor will begin gathering up all the options we selected in the dialog box and placing that information into a single 3D PDF that will be presented within the window here. On the screen, you can now see what the 3D PDF looks like. You can see the Autodesk logo with some basic information based on the properties you selected. On the left, you'll see the window where you can actually interactively rotate the model and explore it. If you ever get rotated in a way where you need to return home, the home button simply snaps you back to your default location.
If you look near this part here, you can see a work plane that is being displayed that I want to turn off. The nice thing about this 3D PDF, not unlike the DWF format, is you can select items within the graphics window and you can actually look for that model in the model tree itself. Here, we found the fuel adjuster and you can see that the datum is turned on. I'm gonna uncheck that, then select the window and you can see that that work plane has been turned off. This is an excellent way to quickly get information out of your computer, over to somebody you might be collaborating with, even if they don't have Inventor on their computer.
- 3D PDF export
- Creating sketch-driven patterns
- Making window select profiles
- 3D sketching
- Making assembly components transparent
- Creating presentations in Autodesk Inventor 2017