Renault Group has adopted Adobe Acrobat 3D software to extend 3D visualization and design collaboration capabilities across its extended enterprise of employees and supply chain partners.
Renault plans to deploy the product throughout its engine and body organizations, and expects to harness PDF to more reliably and securely share 3D designs via widely available, free Adobe Reader software. The agreement involves 5,000 seats of Acrobat 3D.
Many large manufacturing companies rely on different computer-aided design (CAD) formats, software applications and operating systems in the design and development of products. The structured CAD and digital mock-up workflows within Renault’s Product Data Management (PDM) system already support the ability to share native file formats among engineers. At the same time, PDM and digital mock-up infrastructures can be further extended to teams to speed product development, while also helping to maintain the accuracy and security of proprietary information. With Adobe PDF already an existing component of Renault’s core business processes, Acrobat 3D will deliver 3D engineering content at the document level in the same familiar and reliable cross-platform format.
“Acrobat 3D will enable Renault to drive document-based design collaboration processes across extended teams more quickly, securely and cost-effectively using proven, time-tested technologies in PDF and the ubiquitous, free Adobe Reader,” said Tom Hale, senior vice president, Knowledge Worker Business Unit at Adobe.
Acrobat 3D allows Renault teams to convert 3D models from a wide variety of major CAD formats and embed them into PDF files through a simple drag-and-drop process or by capturing the OpenGL displays – regardless of whether they have the specific CAD application. Three-dimensional objects can be combined in a single PDF document with relevant product development information, such as spreadsheets, presentations, images, and even dynamic XML data extracted from the company’s PDM system. Engineers can then share the PDF file with other departments or external partners in an immediate, iterative feedback process alongside more structured design reviews. When enabled by Acrobat 3D, Renault’s extended team members using Adobe Reader can interact with the 3D content in PDF, view product structure, apply digital signatures, and leverage commenting, measurement and cross-section tools directly on 3D objects1.
Moving forward, Renault is eligible to upgrade to Acrobat 3D Version 8 software. The major upgrade to Acrobat 3D is expected to ship in Spring 2007, and will include new and enhanced capabilities for producing highly compressed PDF documents with accurate geometry from large, complex CAD assemblies. The product also will enable users to distribute product manufacturing information – used to convey geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, annotations, and dimensions directly on a 3D model – in Adobe PDF.