If you have ever dreamed of, or at least had a need for a 3D .pdf file and PDF software of your simulation results, the dream is now realized thanks to VCollab. As Eric Miller mentioned in The Focus blog back in February, the latest release of VCollab software enables users to save their results in 3D .pdf format.
We’ve now had a chance to test out the capability here at PADT, and we find it quite useful. We’ve talked about VCollab before, but it’s a software suite that enables virtual collaboration (hence the name) by reducing what may be huge simulation files to a much smaller size, enabling others in your organization or your customers to dynamically view simulation results as well as CAD data in a light-weight viewer. The folks at Vcollab have gone one step beyond that now by supporting the 3D .pdf format that is viewable in the standard Adobe Reader.
Vcollab works with ANSYS results as well as results from lots of other simulation tools. The process is:
You can download the sample file used in the images below:
This is what a typical 3D .pdf file created from an ANSYS Mechanical/MAPDL results file looks like, with using the mouse to rotate and zoom around within Adobe reader.
So, if you recognize value in being able to create 3D .pdf files like this, the Vcollab software suite is worth investigating. Vcollab does lots of useful things besides writing 3D .pdf files, including the capability to be embedded within the ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager (ANSYS EKM) tool.
The best way to see the power of this tool is to request a demo. Just fill out this form and we will reach out and set one up, followed by a 30-day trial.
Or check out www.vcollab.com.