How to Export 3D PDF Files from Rhino with Simlab 3D PDF Exporter
If you are looking for a way to share your 3D models from Rhino with others, you might want to consider using Simlab 3D PDF Exporter. This plugin allows you to export your Rhino scenes as interactive 3D PDF files that can be viewed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can also customize your 3D PDF files with templates, materials, scenes, cameras, annotations, and more.
In this article, we will show you how to install and use Simlab 3D PDF Exporter for Rhino, and how to create stunning 3D PDF files from your Rhino models.
Installing Simlab 3D PDF Exporter for Rhino
Simlab 3D PDF Exporter for Rhino is a plugin that works with Rhino 5 - 7 on Windows. You can download it from the official website[^1^] or from Food4Rhino[^2^]. The plugin costs $99 for a single user license, but you can also try it for free for 14 days or 30 uses.
To install the plugin, follow these steps:
Download the plugin and run the installer.
Run Rhino and go to the SimLab tab. You should see the 3D PDF Exporter tab as shown in the image below.
To obtain a trial license, open settings and follow the steps shown here[^1^]. To activate a professional license, enter the software key that you received after purchasing the plugin.
Using Simlab 3D PDF Exporter for Rhino
Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you can start exporting your Rhino models as 3D PDF files. Here are some of the features and options that you can use:
Template Designer: SimLab Designer is a standalone application that lets you design your own templates for your 3D PDF files. You can use one of the pre-designed templates included in the plugin, or create a new one from scratch. You can customize the layout, colors, fonts, images, logos, and more of your 3D PDF pages.
HTML Embed: With this option, you can embed your 3D PDF files into HTML documents and share them on the web. You can also select between multiple scenes (3D and 2D) and cameras to be exported.
Export Rhino Features: The plugin supports exporting curves, polylines, measurements, annotations, units, materials, and textures from Rhino to 3D PDF. You can also control the scale and the up vector of your model.
Merge PDF: This option lets you merge two or more PDF files together. You can use this to append a 3D model to a company's header or a project description available in PDF format. You can also merge different 3D PDF files generated by SimLab products.
Smart Navigation System: For large scenes with different parts, this navigation system updates the camera center of rotation according to the part that you are looking at. This makes it easier to navigate and explore your 3D model in the PDF file.
Unicode Support: The plugin supports any language for header/footer texts, object names, and camera names. The interface is also available in English, German, French, Italian , and Simplified Chinese.
Superior PDF Quality: The plugin allows you to set the resolution for your PDF templates in pixels per inch (PPI). This enables you to export PDF files with higher quality images.
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