Product documentation plays an important role in product creation. Many parts of the documentation are used for manufacturing, assembly and quality assurance processes. Until today the leading document for manufacturing processes is the engineering drawing. With more complex product designs the clarity of the drawings decreases. Modern technologies enable the transition to a paperless manufacturing documentation without the need for expensive licenses. 3D-PDF technology offers a way to provide manufacturers with 3D-CAD models containing the appropriate product manufacturing information.
In this paper a generative document that provides only the essential information for certain manufacturing steps is presented. 3D-PDF technology is used to present the results to the machinist. The recommended documentation provides two different views: the input and output status of a product at a specific manufacturing station. Those views are created automatically from the ERP database containing manufacturing knowledge of the product. The presented models are supplemented with general information, e.g. material, designer, general tolerances. The limitation on necessary information for only one manufacturing step at a time increases the comprehensibility of the product documentation and thus accelerates the manufacturing process and improves product quality.