Why is 3D PDF Essential for Designers

3D design has become an essential pathway for designers of all fields to visualize their ideas and transform their thoughts into a vivid comprehensible form, but without a solid method of sharing 3D designs, these ideas would remain shackled and contained.
This is where 3D PDF comes in handy, offering designers a reliable solution to view and share their product, mechanical or architectural designs with ease and simplicity and with a great degree of flexibility and customization.

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Interactive 3D PDF


Users Viewing 3D PDF documents can freely rotate, pan and zoom in and out of models, which enables them to navigate towards and focus on any part of the 3D model within#the 3D PDF Document.


In addition to the standard navigation the user can use scene states which store the camera's position and angle, enabling him to create key views that the user can switch to with a single click.


Aside from scene states the user can also attach Animation sequences as actions to objects or to buttons in the PDF template.



Technical Documentation and Measurements




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Simlab 3D PDF is a reliable tool to document your 3D design and to communicate them with technical and non-technical users with simplicity and ease.
Simlab Composer can export annotations and measurements in a 3D PDF document along with the geometry, those annotations whether they are created using the annotation tool in Simlab Composer or were part of the imported 3D geometry can be viewed as a special element in 3D PDF documents.

In addition to using PDF documents as backgrounds for your 3D PDF template, Simlab Composer allows you to merge several PDF documents into a single PDF document, this proves very useful in managing and sorting technical PDF pages as well as 3D PDF pages.



Customizable Design


The Template Designer tool available in Simlab Composer allows you to create a custom Template for your 3D PDF Document.
Some of the essential tools in the template designer are the text tool, which by using you can add a title or a paragraph with the font type and scale of your choosing among other font attributes.
You can also set images or PDF documents as a background for the template, aside from using the images as active buttons to attach simlab actions to.



Exporting 3D PDF

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Visually Appealing

 






3D PDF documents exported from Simlab Composer has different settings for lighting the scene, as well as different options for shading such as solid shading, illustration shading and wireframe among other options.
In addition to the standard methods of lighting and shading, 3D PDF in Simlab Composer Supports Texture Baking.

3D PDF can also emit light from sources such as spot lights and IES lights which add a unique appearance to the 3D Model.



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Actions






An Action in Simlab Composer is a relation between an object or an element and a behavioral response created in Simlab composer.

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There are different types of actions that can effectively alter the 3D scene, some of which are :
scene states, animation sequences, playing sounds and displaying messages to name a few.

Scene states capture the scene's or the object's attributes and stores them under a user specified name, and once activated, they will apply their stored attributes to the objects.

Animation sequences are stored animation clips that can be played upon triggering the object with the action attached to it.

Actions are a part of the interactions dynamic in Simlab Composer and are fully functional when exporting the scene as a 3D PDF or a VR experience.

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Scene States


Scene States is a tool accessible from all workbenches it allows the user to capture different configurations and attributes for the selected 3D model(s) or for the whole scene.

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The attributes that a scene states is able to capture are:

  • Object's Transformation
  • Object's Visibility
  • Camera's attributes and transformation
  • Light's attributes
  • Material's attributes
  • Environment's settings

The user can attach scene states as actions to objects in the scene,
or to buttons in the template designer when exporting the scene as a 3D PDF or a WebGL document,
scene states are also useable through the VR events tool and the "visualize scene options" tool in Virtual reality.

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Animation Sequences


Animation sequences are clips that store an animation of an object's transformation or material attributes.

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To create an animation sequence, switch to the animation tab and select the key frames of an objects animation that you want to store as a sequence, then click on the "create animation sequence" button in the animation panel.

The user can attach Animation Sequences as actions to objects in the scene, or to buttons in the template designer when exporting the scene as a 3D PDF or a WebGL document, Sequences are also useable through the VR events tool and the "visualize scene options" tool in Virtual reality.

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Annotations


Simlab Composers allows you to add annotations and measurements in the 3D Scene, as well as import the measurements that accompany 3D CAD Models.

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There are different types of measurements that can accurately capture and display the dimensions of a component, some of which are:

  • The linear annotations tool.
  • The aligned dimension tool.
  • The Radial dimension tool.
  • The Angular dimension tool.
  • The Leader annotation tool.

Annotations can be exported in a 3D PDF document or viewed in Virtual Reality in addition to being displayed in Simlab composer.

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Texture Baking


Texture Baking, or Rendering to Texture, allows you to create texture maps based on an object's appearance in the rendered scene, The textures are then baked into the object via mapping.

Texture Baking

The Texture Baking process to calculate environmental information (lights, shadows, reflections, etc.) and rendering this information as a texture for a more realistic appearance without any need for calculations while viewing the model.

When exporting the scene while the baked texture is on, the geometry will be exported with the baked textures assigned to the materials, this in turn allows us to export baked models as 3D PDF documents, WebGL, Android/IOS packages and as a VR experience.

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Template Designer


The Template Designer is a standalone application used for designing templates to be used for exporting 3D PDF files, as well as exporting Html5 (WebGL). Texture Baking, or Rendering to Texture, allows you to create texture maps based on an object's appearance in the rendered scene, The textures are then baked into the object via mapping.

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There elements that the user can add to the template aside from the background which are:

  • Lines
  • Rectangles
  • texts
  • 3D Area
  • Images

Simlab Composer Offers a variety of ready to use templates that the user can choose from, aside from creating his own templates or editing an existing one.

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