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Aras Joins 3D PDF Consortium as Founding Member

Aras to Drive Advancement of 3D PDF Open Standard as First PLM Provider to Join 3D PDF Consortium

ANDOVER, Mass. and Munich, Germany – March 8, 2012 – Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced that the company has become a founding member of the 3D PDF Consortium. The 3D PDF Consortium is a global initiative dedicated to the promotion, development and adoption of 3D PDF as an open standard for visualization, collaboration, data exchange and the long-term archiving of 3D data. Aras supports 3D PDF for its potential as a truly open, ubiquitous format that is free of vendor restrictions and limitations.

The 3D PDF Consortium organization is focused on the ongoing development of the ecosystem of industry-specific companies and end-users, international standards organizations, governmental organizations, software vendors, systems integrators, and developers with a vested interest in seeing 3D PDF and the PRC data format continue to be developed as a truly open standard for visualization, collaboration, data exchange, and the long term archiving and retrieval of engineering, manufacturing, AEC/BIM, geospatial, and scientific, cultural and historical information.

“We take an open approach to the market and believe that 3D PDF will become a pervasive standard moving forward so we’re proud to be in on the ground floor,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “3D PDF is the only neutral visualization format that can hold text, binary / scan data, 2D and 3D data, and still be readable 99 years from now, which is why U.S. government and military programs are standardizing on it and why we support the mission of the 3D PDF Consortium.”

About 3D PDF Consortium
The 3D PDF Consortium is a community of companies interested in collaboration of dynamic 3D data through PDF files. Software providers, systems integrators, government agencies, and businesses that provide and consume 3D data solutions look to the 3D PDF Consortium to demonstrate the success of these solutions within the market and promote 3D PDF as a solution to improve business results. The 3D PDF Consortium promotes 3D PDF adoption through demonstrating best practices and generating awareness of the power of 3D-enabled PDF to solve a multitude of communication and collaboration challenges across various industries. For more information on the 3D PDF Consortium, please visit

About Aras
Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass For additional information visit or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm