The three dimensional PDF (international standard ISO 24517) currently under development rev. 2 ISO 24517-2 aka PDF/E-2, is becoming a broadly accepted standard for collaboration and data exchange of engineering technical documentation independently of the CAD tool that was used to generate the original 3D model.

3D PDF natively supports displaying three dimensional content after converting the 3D model into the internal PDF format; most of the popular CAD formats, either native or neutral, can be converted : IGES, STEP, STL, OBJ, 3DXML, etc.



An interactive 3D model in PDF means that the user can manipulate the 3D object using the mouse to change the view, perspective, zoom-in and zoom-out, even getting into the internal object structure; the individual components and assemblies can be hidden or made transparent showing any particular area of interest. Render options allow to draw the object as solid, line illustration, facets, bounding box, etc. as well as choosing between several lighting options.

Plato V1 Views
Plato V1 Rendering mode

3D PDF allows documents with any detail level in the 3D model, from simple objects to complex engineering systems; in all cases the adecuate interactivity level presented to the user can be chosen to ease the exploration and understanding of the system structure and working principles.

Animated models

Model animation is one of the most outstanding features in 3D PDF; animation is defined specifying individual motion transforms (shifts, rotations) applicable to any component or assembly. The end result is a dynamic sequence of high visual impact; it is the ideal tool for creating technical documentation with many applications in assembly instructions, product presentations, maintenance and repair guides, etc. for equipment and machinery. Compared to a video recording – where the perspective is always fixed – the 3D animation allows the user to watch the sequence from any perspective avoiding in most cases complementary text explanations.

Interactive model (use your mouse to explore the model)


  • Request for Quotation (RFQ) documents for manufacturing subcontracting and/or assembly subcontracting
  • Product catalogs
  • Machinery equipment user manuals
  • Installation, maintenance and repair instructions
  • Assembly / mounting guides
  • Parts and subassemblies catalogs
  • Interactive presentations


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