A 3D PDF is a document that contains three-dimensional models and other multimedia elements. This tutorial shows you how to export a 3D view in Revit as a PDF and then explains the advantages of such files.
And as a result, you will be able to access and interact with your projects in an offline environment.
Method – Create 3D PDF
Details: Export 3D views to a PDF.
Single user ($199) – Floating / Multiple users ($399).
To follow the instructions, open a 3D view.
- Download and install the SimLab PDF Exporter plugin.
- Go to the Add-Ins tab > click Export File.
- In the Scene Manager window, select the views you want to include.
- Click OK.
✨ Tip: If you see the “Printing – Setting Changed For Shaded Views” window > enable the “Do not show me this message again” option to prevent the warning window from reappearing for each view.
Select multiple views or cameras, and then click Merge Scenes to combine them into a 3D PDF file.
- Page: Adjust the layout of the document, assign a password for the file, and import media elements.
- 3D: Change the default render style, light power and type.
- Viewing: Assign a camera focus mode, the style of navigation buttons and the duration of transitions.
3D PDF Viewer
Details: Open a 3D view in Adobe Acrobat.
When a 3D document is opened for the first time in Adobe Acrobat, the warning “3D content has been disabled” may appear at the top. Drop-down the Options menu > click “Trust This Document always” and then click the question mark icon to enable 3D viewer mode.
- Go to the Edit tab > Preferences > 3D & Multimedia.
- Check the “Enable playing 3D content” box > click OK.
The resulting PDF file contains a 3D model along with all the information added to the view.
Table 1 shows the information included.
|Geometry||Walls, floors, roofs, doors, windows and all other elements are organized by categories and can be turned on and off in the viewer.|
|Materials||Converts based on pre-built textures and colors.|
|Views||Each document can contain multiple views or scenes of the project that you can switch between.|
|Annotations||Tags, text, arrowheads and other markup.|
|Measurements||Use 3D measurement tools to measure distances, angles and surfaces within the model.|
|Rendering||Customize view modes, layouts and lighting in the viewer.|
|Animations||A sequence of scenes can be used to show the construction or movement of components.|
The structure and size of the file depends on the settings you choose when exporting. For example, you can choose to export a single view or a series of views that can be animated into a virtual tour. In the following table, although the model is fully contained in both files, the file is significantly smaller when a page layout is selected.
Table 2 shows statistics for different layout types.
|Exported Views||Home View||Kitchen Scene|