How to Make a 3D PDF

By Daniel Ketchum

3D content is being used in many places these days, and can be seen in everything from games to movies to manufacturing. But one new use has been added in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat. Acrobat now has the capability to import and use 3D models generated by another program. The utility of this function is tremendous, as it can be used for distributable presentations or even patent proposals. A 3D model can be easily added to your Acrobat document.

Things You'll Need

  • 3D Modeling program
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro

Step 1

Open your model in whatever 3D modeling program you use. Use its Export function to export the model as a U3D file.

Step 2

Start up Acrobat and open the file you want to insert the 3D model into.

Step 3

Go to Tools, and then Advanced Editing, and click on "3D Tool".

Step 4

Using the mouse, drag across the section of the document where you want to place the 3D model. A dialog box will pop up.

Step 5

Browse to the U3D you saved. Now click "OK". The 3D model is now inserted into a box in the Acrobat document. You can use the "handles" around the box to rescale the model.

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