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I've stumbled upon some 3D models embedded in a PDF, e.g. http://cic.nist.gov/vrml/cis/DesignData3.pdf However, with the recent adobe reader I am able to watch such PDFs and also view interactively at those 3D models. So the question is: could I generate such nice PDF with Ubuntu too? TexLive?

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Don't know much about this, but from what I've found, looks like you can. First you have to convert your 3D object to Universal 3D format(.u3d) and then use TexLive to embed that object into Tex file, finally you have to compile it to PDF with the help of a package called movie15.

Here is a tool/tutorial for exporting to u3d and embedding it to PDF. MeshLab can also be used for converting to u3d.

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