Visual Model Check Using Print to 3D PDF

Tips & Tricks

The 3D PDF functionality allows you to display three-dimensional models from RFEM or RSTAB in a 3D PDF.

In addition to the general information about the image that can be moved, zoomed or rotated, the 3D PDF also contains the 3D information. Furthermore, the toolbar commands allow you to edit the model views in terms of a wireframe model, shading and lighting the model, or adding comments.

Figure 01 - Graphic Printout to 3D PDF

The 3D PDF header can be modified by customizing the printout header in the normal printout report. The new printout report header is then also applied for the 3D PDF.

Another useful function is a cutting plane. This can be aligned with the X-, Y- or Z‑axis and allows for cutting the model arbitrarily.

Figure 02 - Creating Cutting Plane

The 3D PDF does not require RFEM and RSTAB to display the model. It can be opened in the Adobe Reader freeware and thus provides a wide range of application possibilities. For example, it can facilitate the work of structural engineers when remodeling a structure and checking loads. Moreover, the distribution of internal forces is easier to follow in the 3D model than in the form of printed tables.

Figure 03 - Creating 3D PDF

The project manager can also easily carry out the collision check. The architect can check the model via 3D PDF and it is of course also very convenient for the client to watch his project on the tablet or PC. For this purpose, it is also possible to hide the results and result values.


RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD
RSTAB Main Program
RSTAB 8.xx

Main Program

The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

Price of First License
2,550.00 USD