Visual Model Check Using Print to 3D PDF

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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 contains the 3D information. In addition, the commands in the toolbar allow you to edit the model views with regard to the display as a wireframe model, shading and illumination of the model, or to add a comment.

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 print head is then also applied to the 3D PDF.

Another useful function is a cutting plane. It can be oriented on the X-, Y-, or Z-axis and allows for any section through the model.

Figure 02 - Creating Cutting Plane

RFEM and RSTAB are not required to view the 3D PDF; it can be opened in the free Adobe Reader, which allows for a variety of applications. For example, it facilitates the work of a structural engineer in replicating the system and checking loads. In addition, a distribution of internal forces in the 3D model is easier to understand than in a printed table form.

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 also very convenient for the client to watch his project on the tablet or PC, of course. For this purpose, it is also possible to hide the results and result values.

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