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