3DPDF Exporter for Autodesk® AutoCAD®

3DPDF Exporter for Autodesk® AutoCAD®

Win32 and 64, English

ProtoTech Solutions
3D PDF Exporter for Autodesk® AutoCAD® exports your model to secured and encrypted 3D PDF file.

General Usage Instructions

1. Download and install 3DPDF Exporter plugin for AutoCAD.

2. Run AutoCAD and load a model.

3. There’s a new panel on ribbon bar named as '3DPDF'(in “Plug-ins” tab present on ribbon bar for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2013-2014/ in “Add-ins” tab present on ribbon bar for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2015-2018).

It contains three ribbon buttons as mentioned below.

A) Export

  • After selecting the Export option, a “Secure PDF” dialog box will display on your screen.
  • You can encrypt and secure your PDF document by assigning a password to it.
  • This is a user password and will be needed to open the document.
  • After selecting the “Require a password to open a document” check box, the password fields will be enabled where you can enter your password.
  • If you deselect that check box, password fields will be disabled and no password will be assigned to the PDF.
  • If you do not wish to pop this dialog box every time, you can select the checkbox of “Do not show this dialog again” and it won't prompt you for password.
  • You can revert this setting from preferences.
  • After pressing the OK button then a 'Save As' dialog box will display on our screen.
  • Click on the Save button to export the current model to PDF file.

B) Preferences

It contains below options.

  • Precision : You can control how accurately your model needs to be exported. If you need fine representation of the model, just check the “use Precision” check box and the slider will be enabled. You can slide and select the values from 1 to 15. Higher is the value, finer is the representation you will get and larger is the file size.

  • Security : You can choose whether you want to be prompted for password every time you export.

C) About

It displays the information about product. It provides facility to activate your product license at any time from this control.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Shows information about company and product. Also allow to activate the plugin.


Export the model to 3D PDF file.


Application settings.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk App Store has already installed the plug-in. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) or Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP), and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

Known Issues


Company Name: ProtoTech Solutions

Author/Company Information

ProtoTech Solutions

Support Information

Version History

Version Number Version Description

1. Enhancement : Exporting Layer wise assembly tree / Browser. 2. Update : Added support for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2018. 3. Update : Updated technical support contact details.

1. Feature: Added control to adjust mesh quality from preferences dialog. 2. Enhancement: Model tree in exported 3D PDF file is now based on layers in AutoCAD file.

Enhancement: Improved transformation and colors of nested block references.

1. Enhancement: Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D® entity supported. 2. Enhancement: Resolved transformation issue for block references..
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