User Interface
SolidWorks Fundamentals
Moving from 2D to 3D
Design Checker
Design Studies in SolidWorks
Drawings and Detailing
Import and Export
Importing and Exporting Files
Importing/Exporting SolidWorks Documents
Importing Documents
Importing Geometry
File Distribution Best Practices
Editing Imported Features
Import Diagnosis
Exporting Documents and Setting Options
DXF/DWG Native Format
Publishing to
File Types
3D XML Files
ACIS Files
Adobe Illustrator Files (*.ai)
Adobe Photoshop (*.psd) Files
Autodesk Inventor Files
CATIA Graphics Files
DXF 3D Files
eDrawings Files
Highly Compressed Graphics Files
IDF Files
IGES Files
JPEG Files
Mechanical Desktop Files
Parasolid Files
PDF Files
Rhino Files
Solid Edge Files
Step Files (*.step)
STL Files
TIFF Files
Unigraphics Files
Viewpoint Files
VRML Files
XPS Files
.IFC Files
2D to 3D Conversion
3D Instant Website
Scan to 3D
DXF/DWG Import Wizard
DXF/ DWG Output PropertyManager
Large Scale Design
Model Display
Mold Design
Motion Studies
Parts and Features
Sheet Metal
Sustainability Products
SolidWorks Utilities
Workgroup PDM
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Adobe Portable Document Format (*.pdf) Files

You can export SolidWorks part, assembly, and drawing documents as Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) files and part and assembly documents as 3D PDF or U3D files.

For the best results, use the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader when opening .pdf files. You can download an updated copy of the Adobe Reader from

To save a document that includes non-English characters as a PDF document, the Arial Unicode MS font must be installed on your system.

You can:

  • Open a 3D PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Reader and manipulate the model image.

  • Open a 3D PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Professional.

  • Open a document in Adobe Acrobat Professional and import a U3D file. Click Tools, Advanced Editing, 3D Tool. Drag a rectangle, then specify a file in the Add 3D Content dialog box.

  • Open a U3D document in Adobe Acrobat 3D.

To export a SolidWorks document as a PDF file:

  1. Click File > Save As.

  2. In the dialog box, select Adobe Portable Document Format (*.pdf) in Save as type.

  3. Click Options to select PDF Export Options, select or clear options, then click OK.

  4. Type the file name in File name, and click Save.

For drawing documents, PDF format is limited to a sheet size of 200 inches (508 cm) in width and height. If a drawing document contains sheets over this limit, a warning message appears and the sheets that are too large are not included in the PDF file.

To export a SolidWorks part or assembly as a 3D PDF file:

  1. Click File > Save As.

  2. In the dialog box, select Adobe Portable Document Format (*.pdf) in Save as type.

  1. Select Save as 3D PDF, verify the file name, and click Save.

You can also create 3D PDF presentations for SolidWorks parts and assemblies, click File > Publish to 3D PDF.

To export a SolidWorks part or assembly to a U3D file:

  1. Click File > Save As.

  2. In the dialog box, select Universal 3D (*.u3d) in Save as type.

  3. Verify the file name, and click Save.




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