3D PDFs Support MBD and Non-Technical User Experience

MBD at Boeing

3D PDFs are moving document sharing to a whole new level – in fact they have become ubiquitous for making 3D models accessible to non-users of 3D modeling software.   Anyone opening a 3D PDF can now rotate, spin, re-size, zoom, and make parts transparent. This translates to a richer user experience for everyone, not just your engineering team sporting high performance software at their desks. Just ask Boeing: 3D PDFs have played a key role in their Model-Based Definition (MBD) internal and client communication for some time now

Joed Dougherty will present Boeing’s way of using 3D PDFs at the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (3D CIC) in Washington, DC on October 29, 2015.
Joed Dougherty Boeing

3D CIC Registration and Agenda Info: http://www.cimdata.com/en/education/plm-conferences/2015-plmrm-ad-cic/2015-plmrm-ad-cic-about-cic

Presentation Title: Communicating a New Way of Doing Business – 3D PDFs the Boeing Way


  • Model-Based Design as 3D PDF
  • Design and manufacturing authority for 3D PDF
  • 3D PDF challenges


This presentation will take a look at what the MBD looks like in a 3D PDF. It will review the design and manufacturing authority and whether they are different. Finally, the challenges of deriving 3D geometry and product and manufacturing information (PMI) from the original (native) CAD will be discussed.


Joed Dougherty is a senior manager at Boeing Defense Space & Security Engineering. Since joining Boeing in 1994, he has served in a variety of roles including: Program Manager, BDS Integrated Product Data Management (IPDM) program; Philadelphia site director of Product Lifecycle Management; engineering, product support, and project management assignments across the rotorcraft programs; principal investigator for advance maintenance and training systems on the Boeing X-32 Joint Strike Fighter; principal investigator & contributing author ISO AP239 Product Life Cycle Support; support systems architect responsible for the interactive electronic technical manuals RAH-66 Comanche and the Bell Boeing 609; and technical publications author on the CH-47 Chinook and CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter programs. Joed holds a master of science degree in Information Science and Technology from Penn State University and a bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Stoney Brook University.

More about 3D CIC:

The 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress will focus on topics by real users of MBD or MBE with the theme of “Enabling the Model-Based Enterprise (MBE).” To learn more, click here.

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