Tetra 4D is releasing a Revit 3D PDF Converter plugin. This will be a paid release (it won’t be free), so I personally am not too excited about it.

If you are looking for a Free way to create 3D PDFs from Revit, check out:
Create 3D PDF files from Autodesk Revit for free

Create Adobe 3D PDF directly from Autodesk 3D DWF

Here is the info on the ‘pre-release’.  Tetra claim that participants will be entitled to purchase the plug-in at a discounted price – I think the truthfulness of that statement remains to be seen.  From the Tetra 4D website:

Tetra 4D is pleased to announce the upcoming PRE-RELEASE of 3D PDF Converter™ for Revit®. Running as an integrated plug-in to Revit, 3D PDF Converter for Revit will enable users to directly publish interactive, 3D PDF files directly from Revit 3D models, which can then be distributed to and viewed by anyone who has the free Adobe® Reader®. This pre-release will be made available to a limited number of participants willing to participate in evaluation of the software and feedback on the product to our product development team. All participants will be entitled to purchase the software at deeply discounted price! Terms will be made available to selected participants upon selection notification.

To be considered for participation, please click here: 3D PDF Converter™ for Revit® PRE-RELEASE Registration Form
Announcing the 3D PDF Converter for Revit Pre-Release Program

Yes – it can be done!  The program you need is called Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8.  It is very hard to find a download link, as this program has been superseded (by what would seem to be less powerful version/s).  Look for a file called Acro3D80_efg.exe.  It can be installed as a trial.  Trust me, it is worth it.  This is one powerful piece of software.

  1. Download Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8.
  2. Install (as a Trial, if you don’t have the serial).  It is functional for 30 days.
  3. Open DWF file – it will automatically convert to 3D PDF.
  4. Save as PDF file.

Here is one download link I found for this file:


A set of hashes for the file are:
  File: Acro3D80_efg.exe
CRC-32: d0c02103
   MD4: 1524e7773eb8609d3433a5c7f997f0ad
   MD5: 3102b53090dc58350eca2c3e6b4fb17e
 SHA-1: f9488c4b6e79fedc9eec54edb5f0e991c7d8d21f

When you install Adobe Acrobat 3D Version 8, another program called Adobe Acrobat 3D Toolkit is also installed.  It is also seems to be quite powerful for converting 3D files and creating 3D PDFs.

You may also be interested interested in my previous post:
Create 3D PDF files from Autodesk Revit for free

Links that you may find useful with regard to Revit and 3D PDF

Post showing Acrobat newer versions lost the powerful functionality of Version 8:

Adobe blog post about using 3D capture and Revit:

Original blog post that got me thinking about this:

Adobe 3D version 8 update page:

Original post that got me headed in the right direction:

The steps below show how to do it using the i-model plugin (you may also want to look at converting a 3D DWF straight to a 3D PDF):

  1. Close Revit
  2. Download and install i-model plug-in for Revit (you will have to register)
  3. Download and install Bentley View
  4. Open a Revit project
  5. Open a 3D view
  6. In the Ribbon, go to Bentley – Publish as i-model
  7. Open the i-model DGN in Bentley View
  8. File – Print to PDF
  9. Tick ‘Print to 3D’
  10. Click Printer button
  11. Choose a place to save your file
  12. Open the 3D PDF in Adobe Reader
  13. Have fun navigating your Revit model inside a 3D PDF file.

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