Tetra4D Converter

Tetra4D Converter is the world’s leading solution for converting native 3D CAD data into rich, interactive 3D PDF documents, including full support for precise solid geometry and Product Manufacturing Information (PMI). Tetra4D Converter combined with Adobe® Acrobat® Pro allow you to convert native 3D CAD data to 3D PDF from the latest versions of CATIA®, PTC® Creo, Pro/E, NX™, SolidEdge®, SolidWorks®, Autodesk® Inventor® and other major CAD formats. Converting 3D PDF to neutral formats such as IGES, STEP, Parasolid, STL and JT is also a snap with this high value, affordable tool. Only Tetra4D Converter and Adobe Acrobat together allow you to control whether recipients of your 3D PDFs can measure, section, comment on or export 3D data from either Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader®.

Trust your 3D CAD data conversion to 3D PDF from the source. Tetra4D is Adobe’s exclusive provider of 3D PDF technology, guaranteeing 100% viewing compatibility with Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat—in addition to complying with 3D PDF ISO standards. And because Adobe Reader is installed on 98% of desktops worldwide, anyone who needs to view your 3D data already has all the software they need.

Features & Benefits of Tetra4D Converter

Share CAD Data with Anyone

No need to own or learn to use expensive 3D CAD systems. With Tetra4D Converter you can accurately convert 3D data from the latest versions of CATIA, Pro/E, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, and all other major CAD applications to 3D PDF directly inside Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Always Viewable in Acrobat Reader

Tetra4D Converter is built using the native technology found in all Acrobat products ensuring 3D content is displayed accurately every time it is opened with Acrobat Reader.

Collaborate with Your Team

Given the ubiquity of Adobe Reader, 3D PDF files can be viewed, commented on and shared by virtually anyone. Creation of views, measurements and sectioning functions make collaboration simple and efficient.

Translate CAD Data

Export precise geometric 3D CAD data to STEP, IGES, JT, STL, Parasolid and ACIS from all major CAD formats for use in downstream applications.

Transition from MBD to MBE

Tetra4D Converter provides the tools you need to share Model Based Designs with suppliers, with full support for import of PMI data such as dimensions, tolerances, annotations and intelligent PMI view states.

Full Representation of CAD Data in a Compressed File

3D PDF’s are up to 97% smaller than the original CAD model enabling easy electronic sharing.

Security Options

Ensure your intellectual property is only opened by the intended recipient with Adobe Acrobat’s password security. Control access to views, and user ability to mark up and export files.

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The Nitty Gritty

Learn about the latest release of Tetra4D Converter, import and export formats as well as systems requirements.

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What’s New in Tetra4D Converter 2016


The 2016 release of Tetra4D Converter adds support for the latest versions of Solid Edge and SolidWorks as well as delivers stability and quality improvements to several previously supported CAD importers.  Several customer reported issues were addressed in this major release.  Access to Tetra4D Converter Version 2016 is free for all customers with current maintenance contracts. This release of Tetra4D Converter adds the following new or improved functionality:

Support for Solid Edge ST8
Tetra4D Converter has been updated to support the most recent version of Solid Edge files.

Support for SolidWorks 2016 
Tetra4D Converter has been updated to support the most recent version of CATIA V4 files.

Support for ACIS export
Tetra4D Converter has been updated to support exporting to data to ACIS format.

Enhancements of PMI support 
Improvements have been made for more accurate rendering of complex PMI in CATIA V5, NX, Creo and JT formats.


License Manager

The Tetra4D Converter has an improved license manager for version 2016.  This version will require a new serial number for all users.  Please contact support@tetra4d.com if you have any questions regarding your license.

Format Version ExtensionS Tess B-rep PMI
ACIS Up to v24.0 SAT, SAB
Autodesk Inventor Up to 2017 IPT, IAM
CATIA V5 Up to V5-6R2016 CATDrawing, CATPart, CATProduct, CATShape, CGR
CATIA V6 Up to 2011 to 2013 3DXML
Creo Elements/Pro 5.0, Parametric 3.0 ASM, NEU, PRT, XAS, XPR
I-deas Up to 13.x (NX 5), NX I-deas 6 MF1, ARC, UNV, PKG
IFC IFC2x Editions 2, 3 and 4 IFC, IFCZIP
IGES 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 IGS, IGES
JT Up to 10.0 JT
Parasolid (X_T) Up to v27.0 X_B, X_T, XMT, XMT_TXT
PDF All versions PDF
PRC All versions PRC
PTC Pro / ENGINEER Up to Wildfire 5 ASM, NEU, PRT, XAS, XPR
Rhino 4, 5 3DM
Siemens PLM Software NX Unigraphics V11.0 to NX 10.0 PRT
Solid Edge V19 – 20, ST – ST8 ASM, PAR, PWD, PSM
Solid Works Up to 2016 SLDASM, SLDPRT
STEP AP 203 E1 / E2, AP 214, AP 242 STP, STEP, STP.Z
Stereo Lithograpy (STL) All versions STL
U3D ECMA-363 (1st, 2nd and 3rd editions) U3D
VDA-FS Version 1.0 and 2.0 VDA


not supported
— not applicable for this native CAD format
Format Extensions Tess B-rep PMI
Parasolid X_T
Stereo Lithography STL


not supported
— not applicable for this native CAD format
File Format File Extension Version
CATIA V5 Drawing Catdrawing Up to V5 R19
HP Graphics Library HPL
PostScript PS
Siemens NX – 2D PRT Up to NX-6
System Requirements for Tetra4D Converter
  • Tetra4D Converter 2016 requires Adobe Acrobat Pro DC or Acrobat XI Pro
  • 1.5GHz or faster processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 200MB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 (minimum)screen resolution
  • Video hardware acceleration (optional)
  • One of the following Microsoft® Windows® operating systems:
    • Windows Server 2008  R2 ( 64 bit)
    • Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
    • Windows 8.1 (32 bit and 64 bit)
    • Windows 10 (32 bit and 64 bit)

System Requirements for Acrobat DC
  • 1.5GHz or faster processor
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit), 2012 (64 bit), or 2012 R2 (64 bit); Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit); Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit), 8.1 (32 bit and 64 bit), or Windows 10
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4.5GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024×768 screen resolution
  • Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10 (Windows 8 minimum), 11; Firefox Extended Support Release