Renault is to use Adobe’s Acrobat 3D software to improve the way employees at its engine and body plants collaborate over car designs.
The car manufacturer will deploy the software across 5,000 desktops, enabling staff to share 3D designs securely using the PDF file format.
Structured computer-aided design (CAD) and digital mock-up workflows in Renault’s product data management system already support the ability to share native file formats among engineers.
But the Acrobat 3D software will allow designs to be shared more widely across the company and with external partners, in a familiar cross-platform format, to speed product development.
Acrobat 3D allows Renault staff 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. The 3D objects can be combined with product development information, such as spreadsheets, presentations, images and dynamic XML data extracted from the company’s product data management system in a single PDF document.
Users can view product structures, apply digital signatures and use commenting, measurement and cross-section tools directly on 3D objects, using Adobe Reader.