.pdf files supports Displaying 3D models, you can view the model from any angle by mouse movements - sort of like looking through the viewport, only the object is fully rendered, "real", etc. This requires a .ud3 file. Blender does not export a .ud3 file. Any alternatives to achieve this?

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    $\begingroup$ .pdf need the 3d model to be in .u3d format so you should use a plugin to export your model to .u3d or use intermediate software . check this thread $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    Feb 12, 2015 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ Thread very helpful. I would add to several requests for a .py plug in for Blender that would allow an export of a .ud3 file. This .ude can be inserted into .pdf files..., great for product demos, portfolios, etc. $\endgroup$ Feb 12, 2015 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ did you confirm that the BlenderToU3D plug-in is not working properly? $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    Feb 12, 2015 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ Well I tried to. Installed ok. Hit Export .ud3 and in the top info box in Blender is a quick message: "The exporter is accessed through the scene buttons. Please head there to use it." which left me baffled. Where are the scene buttons and what should I look for? $\endgroup$ Feb 13, 2015 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ I'm going to try it $\endgroup$
    – Chebhou
    Feb 13, 2015 at 16:42

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You can find the scene button in the property Area, scroll down to find the u3d export. I managed to export to u3d, but after putting it to pdf with latex the pdf failed to open correctly in adobe reader XI. a "3D data parsing error has occurred"

properties area with scene button and u3d export

  • $\begingroup$ So, it actually did not work? And where to get the plugin? $\endgroup$ Oct 5, 2019 at 13:07

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