PDF in Manufacturing (promotional opportunity)

PDF in Manufacturing

Targeted for publication before the end of April, 2020, "PDF in Manufacturing" will will cover the actual and potential application of PDF and 3D PDF technology specific to the manufacturing sector.

The PDF and printed book will be a substantive and highly informative publication of 40+ pages, including a low volume of advertising.

The brochure's content will focus on manufacturing applications benefiting from 3D in the PDF context as well as other PDF features especially relevant to manufacturing such as embedded files, metadata, PDF/A (archival), annotations, semantic structures and more.

In addition to posting and promotion on pdfa.org and 3dpdfconsortium.org, the brochure will be printed for free distribution to attendees at all PDFa events in 2020 and 2021.

Editorial content development will be led by Duff Johnson, who will solicit both educational editorial content and short case study contributions from sponsors, members of the PDF Association and others.

Sponsor's content

Unlike our previous publications PDF in Manufacturing will include a limited set of promotional positions.

PDF Association members' sponsorship opportunities for PDF in Manufacturing are as follows:

  • 2 full-page
  • 5 ½-page (horizontal)
  • 5 ⅔-page (vertical)

Advertising content must be “substantive” - that is, it should offer specific advice, philosophy, discussion of relevant product features, a case study, or similar. Purely impressionistic content is discouraged. The PDF Association reserves editorial discretion, including requesting changes.

In addition to the advertising placement, a “Sponsors” page will be dedicated to listing and describing the brochure’s sponsors and editorial contributors.

  • Offered to Partner members: September 12, 2019
  • Offered to all PDF Association members: September 23, 2019
  • Offered to selected 3rd parties: October 7, 2019
  • Outline published; editorial content contributions solicited: October 15, 2019
  • Deadline for sponsorship: March 2, 2020
  • Deadline for sponsors' content: March 30, 2020

Register nowPDF Association members who already have a login to the members-only webstore can proceed directly to reserve a space or contact Duff Johnson with any questions or to ask about opportunities for contribution to the editorial content.



History of PDF in manufacturing

Key Facts about PDF

Understanding format vs. implementation

Key Features of PDF

From Drawings to Models

PDF and drawings (a high-level review of how 2D PDF supports manufacturing workflows)

PDF and models (a high-level review of how 3D fits into the PDF context… and how PDF fits into the 3D context)


A review of various manufacturing organizational models (MBD, SCM), including actual and potential roles for PDF and 3D PDF.

Key industry segments

Use-cases for PDF in manufacturing on an industry basis, e.g., aviation, automotive, military, textiles, packaging, etc.

PDF features of special interest in manufacturing

A walk-through of the PDF specification identifying features of notable relevance to manufacturing workflows.


List of editorial contributors (acknowledgement of companies contributing case studies and other editorial content)


Sponsors' logos

Appendix A: Examples

Example 3D PDF models, including an explanation and getting-started guide.

Case study example (100 words or less)

Integrated packaging. The AEN company is famous for their widgets. Simple, effective and inexpensive, the unique shape and material allows the company to minimize widget packaging, which is key to keeping costs down. The problem: how to find and qualify packaging materials suppliers in each regional market to meet AEN's needs in a rapidly evolving marketplace?

SOLUTION: Design engineers generate 3D PDF files showing only the details relevant to packaging. Candidate suppliers can return questions and comments, or simply print and package directly from the supplied file.

VENDOR: Acme PDFfactory, AcmePDFfactory.com